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HOW TO START A RENOVATION PROJECT

Three years ago when we purchased our current home we couldn’t stop cheesing! We were lucky enough to get a great deal and more space than we could’ve imagined within our budget. Right from the start there were a few things that we knew we wanted to change. Although it was a new built, it was a little bit more traditional than our style, but for the time being it was perfect.

Over the last few years we have changed out most of the light fixtures, replaced the carpet with hardwood, and added pieces that really make our home ours. This year we are making the biggest change in the house thus far, we’re knee deep in our kitchen remodel!  The new cabinets have officially been ordered, and now all we can do is wait. There are so many things we wish we would have known before we dove head first into this huge renovation, and I know there are plenty of things we will learn along the way.

I want to take y’all along for the ride as we learn through experience. Here are a few things we have learned in the last few years of slowly renovating our home.

  1. Set a budget

    …Then add a few thousand dollars. What this really means is to never underestimate the cost of a renovation. It’s kind of like planning a wedding or a big event, costs add up and you almost ALWAYS spend more than you expect.

It’s okay to set a budget, but be sure you’ve done research in what is a realistic budget. For our kitchen remodel we had an unrealistic budget, which meant that we had to raise our budget.

Related: Six Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget

  1. Shop around

    I love getting inspiration from major websites like Pinterest, Z Gallery, and Pottery Barn, but when it comes to making purchases there are plenty of other stores that sell the same thing for much, much less. I would suggest looking on wholesale websites like Build.com, Amazon, and Wayfair for the same items for less.

 Don’t forget to get quotes from multiple people, we got a cabinet quote from two companies. One company wanted to charge us double for the same quality & product as the other one. We also found beautiful cabinet pulls on Wayfair, but were able to find the same ones for much less on Build.com.

  1. Save where you can

    There are certain things you can’t save on, and certain things you can. When we were starting on this kitchen reno, we were blown away on how much just the new cabinets & countertops were going to cost us. There really wasn’t any room with those prices, but where we could save were things like appliances, light fixtures, plumbing, and even demolition (which we plan on doing ourself).

  2. Talk to experienced professionals

    There are people who think they know what their talking about, and then there are people who really know what there talking about. It really helps starting a big project with people who are experienced in the field.

    We love talking to our family members who have been through the renovation process. They’re able to give us so much insight and answer questions that we would have had to learn the hard way. It’s also important to find local companies that can help steer you in the right direction.

If you are in the Atlanta area are in need of experienced professionals with anything that has to do with home I highly recommend Guy Gunter Home. They specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, and even outdoor. Most of the time, when you shop for home products you go into walk into the store store and you are pretty much on your own. Not with Guy Gunter Home! Their sales professionals have worked closely with the brands and understand each brand’s unique strengths and specifications, which allows them to match the best products for your home and project. It also allows them to pass on that knowledge to you so that you are able to make an informed decision. So, if you are interested in purchasing new home appliances, I highly recommend visiting Guy Gunter Home’s 5,000 sq. ft gallery showroom in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

This post is sponsored by Guy Gunther Home. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep EraforSarah up & running!

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