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 start with the right outlook and steps to successfully craft the image in your mind. With a handful of tips and tricks, your dream home can be achieved.

  1. Realistic Measurement: At the onset of your renovation process, you are going to be ecstatic about the outcome of your future space. With the number of ideas and concepts running through your mind, you need to remain realistic. Look at the space you have to work with and make a list of the essentials. Once you have a list developed, an efficient project is to cut out paper in the size and shapes of each object you are buying 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 revamped area. You could also do this for walls if you are planning on replacement windows, paintings or mirrors.

  2. Organization: Whether it is the person you will be working with, your time frame, maintenance or what your space is going to be in the end, you have no choice but to be organized. Keep a folder with tabs for each category of your renovation. This way you are able to keep all receipts organized for future reference, for your taxes, as well as any to-do lists. There are also apps available to keep your visions organized, such as Homezada or Adornably. Yes, there’s an app for that.

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

  4. Budget: Your budget is the biggest aspect of renovation. To remain on track, research endlessly to uncover the best deals. Although you want to save money, you must research, read reviews or receive a reference from a friend you trust to ensure the deal is worth the cash in your pocket. It would be painful to spend the entirety of your budget on a job not done well. Your money plan also comes into play when you are pondering major purchases. Items like replacement windows could cost more on the front end. You may have to pick and decide 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 ready 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 518-414-5302 or come to our Albany showroom to learn more tips on the beginning stages of renovation.