The Secrets to Renovating the Attic
What is more complicated? Building a house or renovating? If this is planned properly, you will be able to succeed in both. Aside from that, here are a few other things you will need to make sure everything goes smoothly.
First, you have to now what you want to happen to the attic? You must have an idea of what will this be converted into. Do you want to make this into a extra bedroom, a playroom for the kids, a gym or an office? When you have figured that out, it will already be easy to get the right tools and equipment.
A renovation should not cost you an arm and a leg. To prevent this happening, another thing you have to think about is your budget. Naturally, homeowners who are able to do it themselves will be able to save hundreds of dollars. If you are stumped by a small problem, try looking for information about this online or on television since there are shows that can teach you a thing or two so you can carry on with your work.
But if you are inexperienced and you want this done right, it is best to hire a professional. Just remember that hiring someone who does this for living will cost money.
You can try and save some dollars by canvassing around and calling up different contractors. Is the cheapest contractor the solution? No because if they are just starting out, you are not sure if they can do a good job or not.
So, you don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong contractor. Your decision on who to get should not be based on how much they are quoting but rather on their experience in this line of work.
You should call up their previous customers and ask questions. If you are satisfied with your background check, then you can consider them as someone you can hire for the renovation.
But going back to the issue of your budget, if the contractor is asking a certain price and it has exceeded your budget, the best thing for you to do will be to find ways to save money. You can do so by installing cheaper but still durable appliances, recycle some of furniture in the room by repainting it so they look once again or have the work done in phases. This may take longer than what you anticipated but at least you are working within your limits.
If you stick to the plan and your budget, you will be able to complete the renovation of your attic. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not plan ahead, shop wisely or hire the wrong contractor end up with an incomplete project.
Surely, you don’t want to happen to your attic or any room in your house. So, before you do anything, think about what you want to turn the attic into and get ideas from interior design magazines or online. Some people follow exactly what they see while others make some slight modifications.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to attic renovations. The important thing is that it you are happy as it shows your personality so forget what other people say and just go for it.