Are you over-analysing every single decision on your upcoming renovation? We get it – renovations and house extensions are a big deal, but the process should be exciting, not anxiety-inducing. If you feel like your head is spinning, our five decision-making tips should help.
1. Figure out the purpose of your renovation
What is your motivation to renovate? Are you…
- Trying to increase the value of your house?
- Accommodating a growing family?
- Building the home of your dreams?
These are three very different scenarios which will yield three very different outcomes. If it’s your dream home, go ahead and splash out on the gold bath or underfloor heating; but if you’re renovating to sell, make sure each new item will see a good return.
There’s always a purpose, a goal, a reason behind a renovation – once you figure out yours, making decisions will fall into place.
2. Do your research
There are countless resources to help discover your design style and understand the housing market.
- Spend some time pouring over interior design magazines and perusing Auckland renovation blogs.
- Get inspiration from websites like Pinterest or Houzz.
- Visit The Home Idea’s Centre in Auckland, a design showroom packed with products from New Zealand’s leading manufacturers.
- Talk to friends who have renovated their houses and pop into open homes in your neighbourhood.
- School yourself up on the property scene to shed some light on what matters most to you.
3. One decision at a time
When your head is swirling with everything from light fittings to decking, remember you don’t have to make all the decisions at once. Figure out what’s causing you the most stress and start there: is it a big ticket item like the entire kitchen layout, or a smaller detail like what style architraves and skirting boards you prefer?
Your KN Construction project manager will create a “Decisions To Be Made” list and schedule for you. This shows you what is a priority and what can wait. It also means you can refer to the schedule and see how much time you have before needing to make a decision on each item.
And remember, there’s no rush, no ticking clock: just focus on one decision at a time. By taking bite-sized pieces, the whole renovation will suddenly feel much more manageable.
4. Listen to the experts
By working closely with a professional builder, you can unload some of the decision-making burden. With over 20 years’ experience in Auckland’s building industry, we know what works and what is a waste of money. We balance practicality with aesthetics. We can create that wow factor without exceeding the budget. We’ve built our lives around extensions and renovations, and we are here to put our renovation services to good use.
5. Reflect as you renovate
As you move forward in your home renovation journey, take some moments to look back and see how far you’ve come. Builders know how important monitoring progress is for sticking to budgets and meeting deadlines. But tracking visual progress is also exciting and seeing how your choices have paid off will increase your confidence and help combat decision-making fatigue.
Has analysis paralysis got the better of you? Get in touch and we’ll help ease the decision-making process.