Spring is here! The sun is shinning! This is the time when many of us start garden renovations and projects. Maybe you are building an outdoor kitchen, a greenhouse, raised garden beds, an arbor, or a swimming pond! We all have projects for our outdoor spaces but are we really planning properly for them? Or maybe you feel stuck because you don't know where to begin. You have definitely come to the right place my friend. Whether you're renovating your existing garden or you're about to move into a new house, you need to ensure you're as prepared as you can possibly be. Thankfully, there are multiple questions you can ask yourself to ensure exactly that. From setting yourself a budget to hiring help, the more questions you can ask yourself the easier your renovation will be.
7 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Garden Renovation or Project
What Is Your Overall Budget?
One of the first things you need to consider when renovating your garden is your overall budget, as this will help ensure you’re not spending more than you can afford. Whether you’re making a few small changes or you’re renovating your entire garden, having a budget in mind is essential. This means thinking about each individual aspect of your renovation, working out exactly how much they are going to cost.
Once you have done that, you will be able to work out exactly how much the project is going to cost. For more tips and tricks when it comes to budgeting for home renovations, you can visit this site here.
What Changes Will You Be Making?
When setting your budget, you also need to think about the changes you’re going to be making to your garden, as everything will have different costs associated with it. Whether you're tearing up the grass and replacing it with garden beds or you're building a patio for relaxing and entertaining, you need to be sure you know exactly what you're doing before you get started. The best way to do this, of course, is to write a list of absolutely everything you would like to do.
Where Are You Going To Purchase Your Materials?
Another important thing to consider when it comes to renovating your garden is where you're going to be purchasing your materials from, as often this is forgotten until the later stages of planning. Ideally, you need to be choosing places that are both reputable and reliable.
Although it may be hard at first, you need to take the time to research companies that you can trust. Whether that's local businesses or a chain in your local area, the more research you're doing the better. It's important to note that you may need to purchase items from a number of different places. For a guide to buying materials for a garden renovation, you can visit this site here.
What Do You Need To Buy?
When thinking of the stores you need to visit, you need to identify the items you need to buy to carry out your renovation. From cement to fish stocking for your pond, the more extensive your list is the better.
Do You Need To Hire Any Help?
We are big DIYers here at Rolling Hills Farm as you know. However, even though you may be able to carry a large portion of your renovation on your own, some projects are more involved and hiring a professional is the best way to ensure everything is done properly. Not only that, but it also means that if there are any issues, they can calmly and rationally approach them using the experience and expertise. While it may be the more expensive option, it's definitely worth it for major renovations.
How Much Time Do You Have?
Although you may want to get everything finished as quickly as you possibly can, you need to think about a realistic time-frame in which you would like everything to be finished. Whether that means giving yourself a couple of weeks or tackling everything over the space of two days, knowing how soon you would like everything ready will definitely help motivate you. If you do have a strict deadline, you need to bear that in mind when you’re hiring contractors.
Do You Have A Contingency Plan In Place?
Finally, you need to ensure you have a contingency plan in place. Although things are not likely to go wrong, a back-up plan will help you stay calm if they do.
I know firsthand how being organized can greatly benefit any project and that is exactly why I included so many project planning pages in the Ultimate Garden Planner and Journal. Getting your ideas, plans, materials, and necessities on paper will make the process of renovating your garden space as easy as it can possibly be.
What else do you need to consider? Did I miss anything important? Let me know your ideas and thoughts in the comment section below.
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Hello, I'm Jaci. I look forward to sharing my gardening and homestead adventures to help you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!