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Oct 28, 2022

Home renovations are a milestone for any couple, family, and individual homeowner. It’s a life-changing project and needs to be planned out properly. 

Remodelling your house is a big journey for anyone. You may be worried about the expense or the overwhelming amount of decisions involved. Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. And if you’re looking for quality work at a reasonable cost, we are here to help you. After all, that’s what we’re known for! 

However, there may be signs in your home right now that means it’s time to seriously consider taking the home extension leap. We’ve put together a guide to help you make your dream renovations a reality without breaking the bank.

Most of the time, we already know that our house is outdated. Look around and examine what part of the house needs to be changed. Is the paint faded? Is your house overcrowded or empty? Is your floor dilapidated? Are your rooms too dark? Or is your house simply not as modern as the houses around you? 

Rest assured, you don’t need to move – you can make all the changes you need, right now, without the incredible expense, and logistical nightmare, of moving to a new house.

Besides, why move when the house you already live in is located exactly where you want to be?

Let’s dive into our checklist to figure out if it’s time to seriously consider renovating.

The obvious signs your house needs renovation

Faded Paint

Why is it a sign? A fresh coat of paint on a wall can make your house feel new, much like new clothing can for people. It is essential to invest in high-quality paint to refresh your walls. If you’re doing renovations, make sure the builder is giving you a high quality product on your walls. No matter how many times you renovate, if your walls aren’t sealed properly or built with low quality products, you’re never going to get a nice finish.

Crowded House

Is your house starting to feel like a 90’s NZ/AU rock band (see what we did there?)? Maybe the family is growing or you are just purchasing more furniture, appliances and looking for a place to keep your new lifestyle adventures — it is time to update..

When you decide to modify your home, examine your space requirements and the furniture that needs to be replaced.

Worn-out floors

In our home, the floors experience the most wear and friction. Some could be discoloured, cracked, and worn out. This renovation enables you to improve your home’s new style by complementing it with a new floor design.

When replacing floors, or adding a new room, make sure your builder is paying attention to the original design of your floors and rooms. You can revamp an entire space simply by ensuring your new build works seamlessly with the parts you love about your original home. This includes ensuring the floors of the new space match perfectly where needed.

Your house is out of style

Yes, you may have owned your home 10 years ago, and whether you like it or not, some parts of your home may not be as trendy as they are now. Dark colours are used to match your furniture, but muted paint colours are now popular for making your house fuller and more spacious. Even furniture is innovative; more space-saving designs are becoming popular for minimalist interior concepts.

Some trends do go out of date, but there are also timeless designs to a home extension or renovation that can make a world of difference. This is one of the reasons Next Level Extensions sends our designer to see you straight away. It’s possible to make what you already have amazing and timeless. You can book a meeting with Max to get his opinion.

Planning your renovation

“Renovation is almost as important as new home construction”, and it takes the same level of planning and effort. This is because you don’t want to make the same mistakes you did before.  It is recommended to seek the assistance of experts if you have no clue how to start your planned renovation. Before you get the ball rolling in your planning, here are some steps to begin with:

1) Audit what you already have

The first step is always to do an inventory of what you already have in the home. This will not only ensure that you have an idea of your assets but it will also help you decide which items are a priority and which might be eliminated.

2) Setting the budget

Once you’ve decided what you want, it’s time to set a budget. A walk around your local hardware shop or design centre to get an idea of how much your project could cost. Do window shopping as you can and compare pricing for all of the supplies you’ll need. When setting your budget, keep a contingency buffer in mind that you can rely on in the event of a setback.

3) Planning and adjusting your lifestyle and routine

One of the most significant factors that many homeowners overlook is the impact of the renovation or extension work will have on their everyday life. While the build is underway, your everyday activities and lifestyle will be disrupted.  Next Level Extensions have you covered there, too. We’ve lived through many extensions, ourselves. We know how annoying they can be. So we plan with that in mind. 

In fact, we’re renowned for home extension projects with as little disruption to the household as possible.

There are lots of ways to make sure the homeowners are not disrupted during a build. From scheduling, to logistics, a big home project can be executed with the house’s lifestyle in mind.

Whether you chose Next Level Extensions for your build or not, make sure to ask your builder what their plans are for limiting your disruptions.

Also, check testimonials and see what their previous customers say on this. You also want to make sure the builder has a reputation for minimal disruption to the street and cleanliness of the worksite. These things will impact your experience during the build.

4) Setting your timeframe for the renovation

Before beginning your renovation project, create a timeline describing what tasks must be completed and in what order. Your builder will help with this, and most will do this for you. 

If you’re DIYing your home improvement, be patient. It’s going to take a long time until you’re happy with it. Most people quickly lose interest when it comes to house improvements since it takes a lot of effort and many many hours. It’s easy to lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing, especially if you’re renovating many rooms in one go. With a schedule in place, you may work at a steady pace while remaining focused until the project is completed.

Remember, you eat an elephant one bite at a time!

5) Work with experts

Last but not the least, you should always try to work with experts for your home renovation. As experts, they know what’s best and they have supplier and labour relationships that can save you massive dollars in the long-run. They also are knowledgeable about the best designs and space planning for your property. You should choose the best and with good credibility!

Giving your house a much-needed renovation can help prevent more issues in the long-run. Added bonus, you won’t forget the elevation to your new lifestyle! It’s nice when the neighbours are jealous too!

This is tedious work, so call the experts today to get professional help. 

Next Level Extensions are your experienced professionals ready to give you beautiful designs, accurate estimates and the outcome you deserve!

At Next Level Extensions, we pride ourselves on offering beautiful home extension projects that will seamlessly integrate with your home. Get an expert in your corner when it’s time to level up your home.

Contact Next Level extensions for more information today.

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