Gladstone Re/max Gold licensed real estate agent and interior design expert Kate Vicente shares her insight into interior design. Photo Contributed: Chrissy Harris Photography.
Gladstone Re/max Gold licensed real estate agent and interior design expert Kate Vicente shares her insight into interior design. Photo Contributed: Chrissy Harris Photography. Contributed

Five things to think about before renovating your home

GLADSTONE RE/MAX licensed real estate agent Kate Vicente has a world of knowledge when it comes to interior design and home décor.

Kate has a love for helping others achieve the best home design possible and can now add 'colour consultant', to her list of job fields.

For those requiring assistance when building a new home or renovating, why not contact Kate and make the best out of your home's colour styling.

This week Kate takes us through five things to think about before renovating your home:

Be realistic

Dreaming is the start of any good renovation but to have a good experience; you have to be realistic about what you can accomplish based on your budget, resources and your existing home. 

If you are absolutely committed to the dream of something you can't yet afford, plan it out and renovate in stages.

Budget

Do your research! 

Speak to friends who have been through a renovation experience as well as real estate and reno experts. 

Do plenty of window shopping and cost comparisons and always add an extra 20% onto your budget for the inevitable issues that will spring up. 

Remember to check your budget regularly to ensure you are staying on track.

Find the right contractor

We've all heard horror stories! 

Usually, the best contractors are those found through word of mouth. 

If this isn't possible, do a ring around of contractors and ask to see work they have completed and speak to past clients about their experiences.

Renovate for the future

Trends are for accessorising, not for renovating. 

A rule of thumb for renovating is that doing a high quality job in a classic or timeless style is exactly that - classic. 

If you invest in quality finishes now, you won't regret it when it comes time to sell later.

Have fun

It's not all doom and gloom. 

At the end of the day, there is nothing more rewarding than watching a space being transformed by good design decisions and great workmanship. 

Better still is the day when the work is complete and you can enjoy the results in the peace and quiet of your new space.