Congratulations! After months of waiting or searching, you finally have your new home!
Now, go have a drink, get your favourite snack and get fuel up for the next process. Yes, you heard me right. Getting your new home is just the beginning.. the journey ahead is exciting, fun, painful and meaningful. You are going to get better at budgeting, project management, and you will learn many new skills and knowledge!
With your newly acquired status as a homeowner, there are a few things that you need to do:
1. Have a thorough home inspection
There are 7 key areas you need to look at before the handover.
- Internal walls
- Mechanical & Electrical fittings
- Carpentry and structures
Inspecting these areas help you to assess the condition of the house. Is there any seepage issue you need to fix? Are the tiles evenly laid? Are the wirings professionally done? These will give you a better idea of the scale of your renovation. It allows the planning of a realistic budget and timeline.
2. Plan your budget and have a buffer amount
We have heard just too many horror stories of homeowners busting their budget. It is easy to get carried away when building your dream home. That additional carpentry work or a new overlay may not cost much but the amount can get significant when calculating the cost at the end of the renovation.
Remember that it is not necessary to renovate the entire house! If the current flooring is in good condition, it might be a good idea to leave it as it is or just do a simple overlay instead of changing out the tiles. Carpentry is often the biggest cost in renovation so keep it simple if possible. Having movable furniture does have its benefits too! It is friendlier on the pocket and you can easily change it out!
3. Start looking for renovation ideas and decide on your style
Scandinavian, Industrial, Contemporary, Modern and more! There are many websites offering renovation ideas that you can take reference from. Having a style in mind will serve as a guide for elements such as wall colours, furniture, etc.
4. Secure your home
Needless to say, securing your home should be one of your top priorities! With an asset worth hundreds of thousands, the last thing you would want is for strangers to enter or even previous owners going into the house. Many people now are going for digital lock for the added convenience, enhanced security and also to improve the aesthetic of their door.
As the largest distributor of digital locks in Singapore, Zansan is always the first choice for home owners. Carry more than 100 brands across 15 stations, Zansan has a lock that will suit your needs and budget.
We hope these tips above are helpful! Enjoy your renovation process!