The COVID-19 outbreak pushed numerous countries around the world to temporarily close their borders both to local and foreign travelers. In addition, several governments have enforced lockdown or community quarantine to control the movement within their territories. As a result, the majority of the population ended up spending time in isolation inside their homes. To cope with boredom and stress brought by the situation, folks have been trying all sorts of new hobbies.
Some turned to social media for entertainment. Others find solace in creating new things like arts and crafts. There are also plenty who decided to spend their leisure time planning their renovation projects. And with the lockdown lifted, homeowners in the country have started conceptualizing and executing their plan.
Now is the Perfect Time to Renovate!
In New Zealand, the increased number of home renovation projects is one of the most common post-lockdown trends observed. In the span a few months, there has been a steady rise in the demand for tradespeople. Last June alone, an online job posting site called Builderscrack reported a 30 percent increase in the number of work listing for tradies.
As a result, Stuff.nz advises homeowners to move fast with their renovation projects mostly because of the high demand for tradies and the limited pool of talents available. If you want to revamp your house or a small part of it, you definitely need to get it done so you can finish just in time for the winter season.
Where Do You Start?
All that time spent in isolation has probably made you realize how ugly some parts of your house look. For example, there might be this horrible faded wallpaper in the living room begging to be torn down and replaced with a fresh coat of paint. Your bathroom tiles might need replacing.
The kitchen sink might be screaming for a quick fix. The outdoor lounge might need a little more TLC. You might even need to reconfigure the bedroom to make way for a remote office for your work.
Find out how much work you need to do. This way you get to gauge the extent of your project and possibly the amount of money you need to shell out.
Once you have the list of tasks completed, you need to prioritize them accordingly. When doing this, see to it that you take into consideration your budget, project goals, available resources, and target schedule. With all these details coordinated, it would be easier for you to discuss your plans and expectations to the tradies you will hire.
Knowing Where to Put Your Money On
It’s important to prioritize your renovation tasks depending on your working budget and available schedule. After all, there are plenty of uncertainties that countries all over the world will need to face once the COVID-19 situation fully settles. The last thing you want is to be left with an unfinished project because you run out of budget and time.
Whether you’re investing money on the renovation to skip buying a new property or to address structural issues, make sure to set your priorities straight. Lastly, take advantage of every opportunity that will allow you to boost your savings and get more value for your cash. Are you ready to work on your home revamp project?