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5 ways to reduce renovation planning stress

Updated: May 22

It is no surprise that renovations can be incredibly stressful. Even before the renovation begins on site, there are so many things to plan, select, and confirm that it can feel overwhelming. The key to reducing stress at this planning stage is to become as informed as possible and to select the right team to work with. To help you renovate with more ease, we've put together 5 tips to follow:

1 | Understand your needs

Before you even engage anyone, the most important thing is to understand why you're undertaking this renovation and what the most important goals are. Be clear on the scope of works, what your priorities are and how you need the new spaces to work for you. Think about how you want to live in the new spaces, what works and doesn't work for you currently, and how this could change in the future.

2 | Set realistic goals and timelines

Once you're clear on your needs, you need to begin doing some research to ensure your goals, timeliness and budget are reasonable. This can be done through google, but you will also want to contact some builders to understand what is possible. If you are planning to use an architect or designer, it is also helpful to get in touch with them at this stage to help you set realistic goals and time lines.

3 | Do your research when selecting your team

When selecting builders, architect and/or designers it is important to do your research on the company and their process. It is always best to see a large portfolio of their work, as well as client testimonials. If possible, you may also want to speak to past clients and/or see some past projects in person (particularly helpful when selecting builders). Make sure you understand their entire process, how long it will take and feel free to ask as many questions as you need.

Interior Designer Nina Di Marco from YDM Design Studio

4 | Select everything before the renovation begins

This is a must for a smooth renovation on site and also to feel more in control of the budget and the final outcome. Making changes and selecting too many things when on site can lead to issues, expensive mistakes and things being missed. If making all the selections and designing your new space sounds overwhelming or daunting, we always recommend to work with an interior designer. Depending on how much you'd like to be involved, they can do it all for you or you can just bring them in for a few consultations to make sure you're on the right track.

5 | Communication is key

Mistakes and issues tend to happen whenever there is a communication breakdown. It is important that all parties are kept informed of all decisions and changes. When selecting a team, look for people who are open with communication, always happy to answer questions and who are used to working closely with other the other parties.

I hope these ideas have been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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