Top Tips for Home Renovation

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You’re hearing a lot from me about home renovation and interiors because it’s a big thing for us right now. The house we live in at the moment is great, it has what we need but it isn’t The One. We’ve been somewhat torn between doing this house up (it’s conveniently placed and we really don’t want to move right now) or biting the bullet and moving. It could take forever to find what we’re looking for though so we’re going to take what doesn’t excite us about this house, both aesthetically and from a practical point of view, and we’re going to change it.

If like us you want to start doing more for yourself and embark on a home renovation project, these points to consider are a good place to start.

Know What You Want

First of all, you need to know what it is that you really want. Sometimes, it’s really easy to visualise yourself in your ‘dream home’ but can you see the specifics of what it looks like? Do you know what kind of decor you want and want sort of home it is? If so you have a better imagination than me. I have a wealth of ideas about what I like and what I don’t but really need to put it together to form some sort of consistent look and feel.

Create Home Renovation Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is a great platform for discovering interior design ideas. I have one or two Pinterest boards set to secret as well as a few open ones, all dedicated to homes and houses, kitchens, offices and so on. I think I need to start pulling my favourites into one master board to see what we’re really looking at, to check Roy and I are on the same page and to start proactively planning.

Focus On Action

It’s not enough to just think and dream. This is where I fall short. Once we’ve nailed the planning stage we need to set SMART goals, to put dates and deadlines on the calendar and we need to focus on action. Basically, if we don’t get started, we’ll never finish and be happy with our living space.

Allocate Your Budget Well

This part we are good at. Having a realistic budget is what ensures that the project will get done. How you allocate your budget is up to you. If you want to put money into features like stunning splashbacks or even an entirely new kitchen, that’s fine, as long as you have the money for it. Watching home renovation and decoration shows have also taught me to always have a little extra in the budget that isn’t allocated to a specific spend. This is the money you’ll use when you go over budget (it happens).

Staying Positive

This is something I need to remind myself of. I hate clutter, mess and mayhem and you know that once we get started there will be plenty of all three! I will have to compromise on something I want thanks to the budget and I might have a wobble here and there over colours, textures and style too. If I (and you if you’re embarking on a similar project) can stay positive and upbeat it will make the whole process much easier and I’m pretty sure we’ll enjoy being in our dream home all the more for it.

Do you have any top tips for taking on a home renovation?

Running a Business Effectively

Running a business can feel a lot like juggling, much like parenting does. At any given moment you could have a lot of balls up in the air, and you can’t afford to drop a single one. However, some areas of your business are going to be more important than others and should be considered a top priority. It’s crucial that you know what these areas are and how to handle them effectively. This is something I learnt very quickly!

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Security Matters

It’s safe to say that security has become a major issue for every business owner and indeed, every customer. In the next few years, cybertheft will become the main problem for companies with a hack on a company expected to occur every twenty seconds. When a cyber hack does occur then, it’s not your business that is targeted but rather your customers. It’s their data that’s being stolen. It’s them who is actually at risk.

Recently business owners in Europe were put through the ringer with the new GDPR, a set of data regulations and a hefty threat of fines for not remaining compliant. You may have noticed that a number of high profile websites are now no longer accessible in Europe, suggesting their security was simply not up to code.

Increased security can start at a basic level simply by running your site on Https, a higher level of encryption compared with Http. Make sure you are up to date with what your business needs to do in order to be GDPR compliant and of course as secure as possible.

Data and Running a Business Effectively

While data is certainly linked to security, this is not the only reason for focusing on this area of business. You should also be thinking in terms of what data can do for your company. Ultimately, using data correctly you can chart not just where your business is but where it is going and what it can be. Every major company invests in data analytics or uses a service like Cloudstream Partners, and you should consider doing the same. With this type of setup, you can unlock the true potential of data from discovering what your customers want from your business to finding out what your next step should be.  

Legal

Are you worried about the legal aspects of your company? The answer is probably no, but you should be. It’s very easy to fall on the wrong side of the legal line when running a business. Regulations and laws change every day, and if you don’t keep up with these new evolutions, then you could find yourself with legal fees and claims against your company. Do make sure that you consider investing in the services of a legal advisor who can keep you on the right path here and have insurance in place. 

Logistics

Lastly, do make sure that the logistics area of your business model runs like clockwork. It’s vital that deliveries and orders are handled fast with turnaround time kept low. A failure to do this will result in poor customer reviews that could cripple your business bottom line. Whether you are a freelancer such as myself or run a bricks and mortar business or even a big company, having effective management of these things is a must.

What would you say is essential to running a business effectively?

 

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