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Budgeting for a Home Renovation

Budgeting for home renovations is always tough. Even when you plan for everything and even a few glitches along the way budgets often find a way to be busted. In order to keep your progress from ending in a budget stale mate here are a few things to keep in mind when renovations are planned for your home.
First decide why you are renovating your home. What do you hope to accomplish with the renovation? Are you adding space for a new addition? Are you adding space for a kids play room or do you hope that with your renovation you increase the value of your home. Knowing exactly what you hope to accomplish with your home renovations will make it easier to create a budget and stick to it. It is often when a plan is not created that we go overboard with spending. So the more you can think out ahead of time before renovations on your home begin the better your finances will look in the end.
Speaking of a budget determine how much you can afford to spend on this home renovation. If you realize that what you hope to accomplish is not possible within the funds you have allotted for the project than you can easily put it on hold at this stage of the process. Determine the cost of all materials, tools and furnishings that will be needed to complete the renovation. If you are doing a kitchen renovation make sure to take into account large items like stoves and refrigerators. If you are doing a bathroom remodel take into account a new tub, sink and vanity. A toilet and new fixtures should also be added to the budget.
Next ask yourself are you up to taking on the challenge of a remodel or is it better for you to hire a contractor to ensure a smooth renovation. If you are the handyman type simple renovations can easily be done on your own and can save your contractor fees. If you are going to hire out a residential contractor make sure to look at examples of their previous work. Ask for references and check out their website. The detail put into their work, references and website will give you a good idea of their work and work ethic. It is also important to make sure your gut tells you that the contractor you have chosen is right for you and your home renovation.
A timeline is also important in home renovations. It is important to go over this with your contractor and get in writing a plan of attack. It is important that each step is broke down into a time frame so that you and the contractor can work together to make sure progress stays on track.
Making sure that the contractor you hire is on the same page as you is one of the most important steps in home renovation. You can have this by opening the lines of communication from the start. Know that sometimes things can take an unexpected turn but that you are interested in keeping up to date with the progress and would like updates even when something goes haywire
Once you have agreed upon a plan do not keep changing things. Nothing makes a contractor bitter more than an indecisive customer. They to have a time frame to stay within so that they can continue work with other clients. Every change adds time and money to the budget so stick to the original plan of attack. It will ease the schedule and budget if you stick to the initial renovation plan.
The last thing you will need to decide is if you plan on living in your dwelling during the construction or if you plan on finding a place that is more conducive to your life. If you decide to live in your home during the renovation make sure that you do not interrupt the progress. A happy contractor makes for a happy homeowner.…

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Maintaining A Wooden Floor

Solid wood floors are in general very hard wearing and they do not mark easily, however you still do need to take care of them to avoid unnecessary damage.
Firstly a wooden floor is best suited to a room that does not get very hot or it may expand and begin to buckle and push up against itself, resulting in ridges arising in the floor, which can result in the floor having to be taken up and re-laid. To prevent this happening you can use cork expansion strips around the edge of the floor and a thin strip in between boards (Approximately every 4-5 metres) for large areas.
If your flooring is going to be placed in a high traffic area then it is a very good idea to apply at least one more coat of varnish or oil than the manufacturer recommends to give it that little bit more protection.
Place a dirt barrier mat down inside your front door to stop people walking grit on to the wooden floor. Little bits of grit and stone are one of the major causes of damage as they scratch the flooring badly. Ideally get people to take their shoes off. This last point most definitely applies to high heels, as high heels and wooden floors do not mix, as they can cause irreparable damage to the flooring.
If you are going to place plants on the floor then ensure that they have a suitable tray underneath them to collect any excess water that might seep through when they are watered, as if not over a period of time you will get watermarks appearing that will be very hard to even sand out of the wood.
If you have dogs or cats ensure that their nails are kept short, as pets scratching at the floor by a doorway are one of the other main causes of damage.
Weekly maintenance should consist of vacuuming the floor, followed by a light mop over with water, avoiding using excess water otherwise this will result in smears showing up on the floor.
Whilst your wooden flooring will not need sanding down and re-varnishing for many years, you may occasionally need to put another layer of varnish down, however you will not always need to sand the floor. To check if it needs varnish, drip water on the floor, if it stays as beads then it does not need varnishing. If it soaks in slowly it may need varnishing, but not sanding, but if it soaks straight in then it will need sanding and varnishing.…