We often think that once we’ve found the house we want to live in, it’s simple. But before long, we notice things we want to change about it – maybe the kitchen isn’t where we want to spend our evenings after all, and there’s a playroom which can be converted into a living room now the kids have left home. Or maybe we’ve realized we’d like to spend more time outdoors but realize we have no idea how to go about creating a garden we want to spend time in.
When we are time-strapped, professionals can make all these things a lot easier. And it turns out there’s a professional for almost every aspect of home improvement you can think of. Here are four professionals who could give you a hand.
Landscapers and gardeners
Gardeners often evoke images of lawn-cutting and trimming hedges, but they are far more than that. The best landscaper can create a vision for your garden – rearranging fences, installing a water feature, and making use of the natural landscape and areas where the light falls to create a stunning natural area which is not just a backdrop to your home, but is also somewhere you will want to spend time.
When it comes to inside the house, there is often a lot to consider – selecting products from flooring to kitchen units and considering how they will all fit together. With design build remodeling, it’s often possible to combine these roles – think of it like having a wedding planner who can keep track of the flowers, the venue and everything in between. You can ask for drawings, which will be iterated further along the process by everyone from builders to engineers and plumbers, all working together under one person.
Through shows like Marie Kondo, the home organization has become popularized. Home organization doesn’t appear just to be a fad, however, as research suggests that more money than ever is being spent on home organizing consultants, who will observe how you keep your possessions in day to day life and ascertain how you might better make use of your space. Whether it’s feng shui, or just color-coding your drawers, there is a lot to be gained by someone coming over to your house for a couple of hours. If you have children, consider whether someone qualified for working with kids might be appropriate. And don’t forget that the main result will be you getting rid of a load of things you don’t need, which will be good in the long-term, but might cause teething problems.
Lastly, fitting your home with furniture which matches the decor is key. Although you could once pop into any old department or homeware store for sofas and chests of drawers, antique dealers increasingly sell their wares online or do video calls so you can discuss what might work best for your setting.
All in all, there are lots of options for making your house a home – do your research and then get the help you need so that you can make the most of your living space.