10 tips for successfully renovating your apartment

Do you want to refresh your apartment or have you just purchased an apartment to renovate? Getting started on such a project is far from simple, but so interesting! Nowadays, there are indeed many solutions to achieve a successful renovation of your home, as presented in the guide to renovation by hemea. Here are our 10 tips for achieving it successfully.

Tip n ° 1: take a look at your renovation project to make an appropriate inventory

The renovation of your apartment should not be improvised. On the contrary, it is an important project that it is essential to plan and design well from A to Z so as not to omit anything. Alone or accompanied by an architect or a project manager, we recommend that you make an inventory of your apartment to define the limits of your renovation and do not forget any item or essential element.

List all the renovations to be undertaken, whether it is redevelopment, upgrading or simple decoration. Do not forget anything to be able to consider your project in its entirety and implement a coherent renovation.

Tip 2: we establish a schedule

It is important to take the time to establish a precise schedule for your renovation project once its inventory has been completed. Indeed, you will need to take stock with the professional craftsmen for the choice of equipment and the work to be planned. They will be able to inform you about the positions that concern them and advise you on the order to consider for a successful renovation within a reasonable time. Be specific in your timeline to avoid the artisans crossing paths out of order. It would be a shame to damage your beautiful coating for the installation of new equipment.

Tip 3: define your budget and adapt to it

It is very difficult to predict a precise estimate of the cost of your renovation. Nevertheless, it is important for you to define the overall budget that you are prepared to devote to it. It’s up to you to take the time to identify your means available according to your current expenses and your income, to consider if necessary the use of a credit that will then have to be repaid, or to draw on your savings. The choice is yours, but be sure to set an amount to spend on your project without risking putting yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Second, list your renovation needs and ensure that the expenses to be considered coincide with your financial means. If not, or if you are too close to your maximum budget, list your priorities and set aside the less urgent items for future investment. Be rigorous in your forecasts, because all the work generates surprises and unexpected expenses!

Tip 4: respect the law

Even if you are at home, you do not have the right to carry out any work. The renovation of an apartment is regulated by law.

You have the right to carry out certain work without requesting authorization as long as it does not affect your building, its structure, its occupants and common areas. You therefore have the possibility to redo your bathroom, your kitchen, or any other room, to insulate your home, to embellish it inside, to equip it to adapt it to the needs of a person with reduced mobility, etc.

However, if you live in a condominium, prior agreement will be necessary for more substantial work, such as the creation of a door, the opening or lowering of a partition, the fitting out of attics, etc.

Finally, work visible from the outside and which changes the appearance of your home must also require the agreement of the town planning department of your municipality. This is the case to modify your windows, add new openings, change the shutter or facade color or even install new types of shutters.

Inform yourself well beforehand to avoid having to destroy your renovation at your expense!

Tip 5: select the right professionals

Not all building professionals are created equal. It is therefore important to take the time to select the right craftsmen for your work to be successful. Do not hesitate to meet them and invite them to your home to establish precise quotes before you commit. Finally, define with each a schedule of interventions to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Advice n ° 6: we follow the site

Even if you do not occupy your apartment during the work, it is imperative to follow the site. Check the progress of each station and make sure the job is done correctly. You will avoid wasting time at the reception, delaying the end of the work for possible repairs and having to engage in complex procedures in the event of defect.

Tip 7: optimize spaces while respecting the place

Your project should allow you to optimize the space of your apartment while respecting it. Design your renovation project in this direction to gain comfort. If your apartment is small, think about partitions to be knocked down, sliding doors, glass roofs to gain in light, multiple storage, etc.

If you live in an old apartment, respect the soul of the place. You are free to renovate it as you see fit within the limits of the law, of course, but we advise you to keep the unique character of your accommodation. Review its design and layout to optimize space and gain comfort, but avoid erasing its entire history with an overabundance of modernity, because this type of project is often regretted by owners.

Advice n ° 8: we design a nice decoration adapted

The decoration is a strong point of the renovation. To breathe new life into your apartment, define the decoration that inspires you and distill it intelligently. To feel good at home, let your desires speak for themselves, but respect the place too. Be careful not to overload the rooms and to harmonize your decorative ideas.

Tip 9: take into account everyone’s needs

We sometimes tend to think about our current needs, but forget about our future needs! However, in the context of an apartment renovation project, it is important to see further. You are in a relationship, but planning to have children, so consider their space. Your children happily share the same room, but what will happen when they are teenagers or young adults? You are still young, we have no doubts, but have you thought about furnishing your rooms to meet the needs of an older age? Think about all of these details as part of your project.

Tip # 10: opt for quality

It is not possible to have a successful renovation work without opting for quality. If your budget is limited, it is better to think less or be patient and move step by step through your financial possibilities, than to buy at a low price. It is indeed important to invest in quality equipment that will save you money in use. By preferring low-end materials, you run the risk of having to replace them very quickly and ultimately spending a lot more money.

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