From The Expert – Should you renovate your home all at once or in parts
Thinking about getting a home makeover done? That’s a great idea! Whether you’ve just purchased a fixer-upper of a home or need to breathe new life into your existing one, doing up your space is a very rewarding project once it’s complete. But we all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day – and that the ground reality of getting a home-renovation done in as quickly as a week or two is something that only happens on TV.
Before enthusiasm gets the better of you, make sure you prepare yourself for what it entails. Doing up your home requires a lot of time, effort and money… money that not every home owner has to take on a full-scale renovation. Plus, if what you need to renovate is your kitchen or bathroom, the inconvenience caused can often take the joy out of the whole endeavour. That’s why overhauling a home is tricky business. Should you improve your space a little at a time to space the resources and face inconvenience on what may start to seem like a looming never-ending project? Or prepare to rip the band-aid off and take on a full-scale job?
Here’s what the experts at Blissspace, one of India’s leading modular furniture brands have to say:
Upgrading your home part by part can end up being much more expensive in the long run since you need to keep hiring workers for smaller jobs rather than spend a lump-sum for a large job. Think of it as buying in bulk – calling someone to demolish your home may cost you – say, Rs. 80,000 whereas calling them in to demolish just the bedroom can cost you Rs. 30,000. Not to mention, you also minimize the amount of times you will need to prep, clean and re- setup every time you take on work on a new part of the house.
On a lighter note, completing your home renovation project all at once means that the look and style remains the same. As times change, trends, products and your preferences change too, and if you can pick your finishes and product at one go, it will guarantee that it will tie in to all areas of your homes without variations in colour, shape and size 5 years later when your whole home is complete, should you decide to do it in parts.
If you do plan to go in for a phase-wise home renovation, ensure that you do so with a large corpus and with full knowledge on what this will entail. The plus side of this method is that it gives you the time and opportunity to live within the space and figure out what’s working and what isn’t – as opposed to having everything done and then realizing it wasn’t what you had envisioned. The key is to prioritize the rooms you use the most and to tackle those rooms first.
You may have seen DIY home-makeovers being romanticised, but our experts suggest hiring and working with a general contractor whose core skills are to source, schedule and manage a project, so that you don’t have to wrangle with carpenters, painters, decorators and more. On-boarding a contractor ensures that you always have someone on top of the job, ensuring that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to.
Blissspace experts also suggest doing your floors at the very end. As you paint, scrub, sand and haul things around, the floors and walls of your home have the most likelihood of being damaged. Leaving your floors to be done at the very end makes the most sense as you wouldn’t want to lay down beautiful floor tiles and then have to do construction work on top of it.
Lastly, you may never know if you have to sell your home and if you renovate it all at once, it will fetch you a much better price as it doesn’t look half-complete. In the case of you having to sell your house after doing up only 2-3 rooms, you will not benefit from having the renovation already done since it will not look finished to the buyer and he will have to do it all over again. Thus you lose out on your initial investment.
Now that you know the best way to get your home renovation done, do your research on great contractors who have a great team of civil engineers, carpenters, modular furniture suppliers etc. and prepare for a stress-free remodel.