A Beginner's Guide to Home Projects

A Beginner’s Guide to Home Projects

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The process of building or renovating a home can be a positive experience if you have the right outlook and steps to successfully build the image you’re wanting. With a couple tips and tricks, your dream home can be achieved.

  1. Realistic Measurement: At the onset of your renovation process, you are going to be excited about the outcome of your future space. With the number of ideas and thoughts running through your mind, you must remain realistic. Look at the space you have to work with and make a list of the must-haves you want. Once you have a list developed, an efficient project is to cut out paper in the size and shapes of each object you are adding or keeping. As you rearrange each piece of paper around your space, you can see firsthand how furniture, tables and open areas would fit into and fill the renovated area. You could also do this for walls if you are thinking about replacement windows, paintings or mirrors.

  2. Organization: Whether it is who you will be working with, your time frame, maintenance or what your space is going to end up like, you have to be organized. Keep a folder with tabs for each part of your renovation. This way you can keep all receipts organized for later reference, for your taxes, as well as any to-do lists. There are also apps available to keep your thoughts organized, such as Homezada or Adornably. Yes, there’s an app for that.

  3. Cleanliness: Keep the disarray of renovation to a minimum by constantly staying on top of cleaning. Buy wall cleaners, floor covers or any extra paint you might need for touch ups along the way. While doing your renovation, focus on cleaning replacement windows, doors and cover furniture to keep your room looking brand new. At the end of your project, you will be satisfied with a clean space that has been maintained during the entire process. Instead of mopping and dusting, you will be enjoying your new space instead.

  4. Budget: Your budget is the most important aspect of renovation. To remain on track, research constantly to discover the best deals. Although you want to save money, you must research, read reviews or get a reference from a friend you trust to make sure the deal is worth the cash in your pocket. It would be painful to spend the entirety of your budget on a job that isn’t done right. Your money plan also comes into play when you are deciding on large purchases. Items like replacement windows can cost more at the beginning. You may have to pick and select between two huge items, or sacrifice multiple smaller details. Each move you make is important; the pieces you choose will make a statement in your space for years to come. Whatever your budget is, you must be prepared for a thorough decision making process.

We are around to answer any renovation questions or concerns you have before your process starts. Contact us at Pella Windows and Doors at 403-681-6363 or come to our Calgary showroom to hear more tips on the beginning stages of renovation.