Just want to list some lessons learned through out our first time buying, renovating, and furnishing a home.
Always get a sample of everything. I mean it, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Parquet flooring? Get the sample of different textures and colors. Mosaics? Get the sample of different colors and sizes combination. Sandblast glass color? Do. Please do get a sample of the end finish. Ask them to paint on a small square glass. This particular item was the most expensive lesson we learned. Wall paints? That’s just too obvious right and I don’t need to remind anyone about it.
2. No compromise
If I don’t see a particular item I really like, I usually waited for awhile before exploring other options. Otherwise, I compromise too quickly and buy whatever and regret it. It took me almost 3 months before I decided on the fabrics for our floor cushions/floor couch. However, I do allow compromise when it comes to budget. Let’s say, I really really like that Villeroy and Boch sink but I compromised not to buy it because… I can’t afford it. Hehehe… I know that’s not exactly compromising but simply a force majeure.
3. Who’s the Boss?
Decide who’s the boss early on. I mean the house can be for the family but only one should have the final say. Others can give suggestion, and the boss should listen and consider all suggestions wholeheartedly, but when it’s time to take a decision and there’s no unanimous votes between family members, then the Boss should have the final say.
Do consult or better yet hire a professional. An architect/interior designer. Their advice indeed is valuable.
Do browse, read, and window shopping to get inspiration. It’s better if doing it waaay before general contractor do the actual physical work on the property.
6. Petty Cash
It’s a pity that we only have a small petty. It’s almost guaranteed that whatever budget allocated in the beginning of a home-making project, it will balloon. So whatever budget you agreed at the beginning of the project, do put aside at least 30-50% more of the total agreed budget.
Do I miss something? Please feel free to add!