Planning to renovate your home but new to the idea? Or maybe you’ve had some bad experiences with renovations. Either way, you’ve come to the right place – here are some reno do’s and don’ts put together from your favourite Fixer Upper couple: Chip and Joanna Gaines!
DO: Ask your potential contractor for a list of references
Don’t be hesitant to ask your potential contractor for a list of references. Chip advises to ask for the last 10 references in chronological order. A list of references will help you determine which contractor you should hire.
DON’T: Spend too much money up front
Plan your budget accordingly. If you spend too much money on the purchase of a house that needs a good fixer upper, you’ll wind up stretching thin – financially. This will limit your spending for a renovation project or to get a loan approved to do the kind of upgrade you want.
DO: Create inspiration boards before diving into renovations
Joanna Gaines always encourages her clients to create inspiration boards before discussing renovations. It’s always good to have a more specific idea as to what you plan to do with your home. Save ideas on platforms like Pinterest and Houzz – these are great places to start with when searching for inspiration.
DON’T: Skip inspection!
This is something many interior designers and contractors advise their clients to do before signing the dotted line. It is important to get an inspection done to make sure that the house is structurally sound; with no renovation issues that will potentially burst your budget.
Remember to keep in mind these do’s and don’ts before embarking on your renovation journey!
Tag along and pick up some more tips as Chip and Joanna Gaines help homebuyers in Waco, Texas, look past the superficial and buy the worst house in the best neighbourhood. With his expertise in construction and her keen design sense, Chip and Jo transform potential-rich houses into their clients’ dream homes.
Fixer Upper S5 will be premiering on HGTV (Astro Channel 731) on Friday, 10 August @ 10pm.