Stay Assured With This Handy Home Décor Checklist When Working With an Interior Designer
A much-coveted home décor can quickly become much too reworked interiors if you’ve either not read your home inspection report correctly or unwittingly missed out crucial details upon independent inspection.
Décor work often takes off once primary construction is complete. But its planning should run parallel to construction planning, which means that your interior designer needs to work in partnership with your home contractor(s) to understand how space allocation and demarcation will impact décor choices.
So where do you figure in the picture? Do you need to be there during interior inspections?
You’re the matador in the ring. The show doesn’t run without your presence. And your contractors and interior specialists can’t go ahead without you signing the dotted line after every discussion-turned-contractual-provision.
In all cases, you’re dealing with many factors—some seen, some unseen—that demand you’re in charge without falling prey to blind spots.
In order to help you curate a seriously gorgeous and completely sound home décor, we’ve put together a go-to décor checklist for your new or renovated home.
Realizing Why Punch Lists Are Important
Construction punch lists put things in perspective and much-needed order. They are an opportunity to set the record straight—if your bathroom tub lacks proper caulking, then it needs fixing and to be noted in the punch list before it goes unnoticed among other adjustments in the final leg. That being the case, it’s also necessary to avoid overdoing it as your builder can get visibly frustrated with nitpicking flagging of issues without attending to one item at a time.
The idea of following a well-detailed punch list lies in pressing for reasonable flaws that fall in the scope of your contract, not so much as to air outsize authoritarian requests that only add more work and digress from the critical path outlined pre-construction. Get more information about outlining airtight punch lists.
Interior décor while a discipline of its own, is directly impacted by shoddy structural, electrical, mechanical, and exterior work. Your inspections would ideally reveal what expressly conflicts agreed-upon build model and its impact on your move-in date. If your interior design inspector points to main construction errors, you may have to postpone your furniture purchase and décor item orders. Having realized this, you will need to confirm if the following concerns will become headaches before getting down to organizing your interiors.
Preparing a Pre-Interior Décor Checklist
- Landscaping house area: If the area surrounding your dwelling isn’t properly graded, water drainage will get clogged and damage the foundation plate of your house—further causing dampness, abrupt movement, and cracking. Water can quickly travel up to the walls, framing members, and molding that lead to rot, leakage, and possible mold formation. You can identify movement in the foundation when you see windows nudged out of square, doors having big gaps at the top when closed, and uneven flooring. All stack up to out-of-hand expenses, even more so if you’ve had décor work finished which will typically require tearing down and redoing.
- Roofing: Let’s be clear that all roofing comes with guaranteed vulnerabilities to seasonal shifts and adverse weather conditions. As roofing ages, it becomes more exposed to water and heat intrusion that brings about added expenses in repairs and replacements. Improper installation, moreover, causes premature aging that simultaneously weakens its shielding capabilities. Commonly used roofing materials are asphalt shingles, wooden shingles, terra cotta tile, concrete slates and tiles, and metallic tiles. Green roofing and solar roofing is gaining ground among environment-conscious buyers as it saves cumulative costs of electricity and other living expenses. While all tiles can disintegrate, repair work must begin much before damages become probable. Cracking and aging are impossible to notice from the ground; hence, purchase good quality binoculars to thoroughly investigate roof conditions.
- Electrical wiring: Wires hanging out of walls and ceilings are behind every homeowner’s umbrage at their contractors. Dysfunctional wiring forces occupants to run extension cords from room to room that can burden the electrical system, buying a one-way ticket to fire damages. Exposed wires also increase odds for physical damage ensuing havoc should the wire get sliced or rusted and come in contact with combustible material. Hire a licensed electrician to tape open wires and fit them appropriately, removing exposure risks.
- Moisture and drainage: A leading cause for dry rot, toxic mold, and massive structural damage, moisture gathers in the attic and basement usually due to poor ventilation and improper airflow within the house. Inspecting moisture involves testing the indoor air to find out mold spores. Their presence causes ceiling and wall molds and poses a real threat to a person’s health while being expensive to correct. Your home inspector may not be equipped with specialized expertise to spot behind-the-scenes issues with regard to mold, cracks, and leaks. You may need to hire specialists to understand the extent of repairs and replacements necessary to rid yourself of permanent damages that shoot down the property’s value.
After you’ve taken a fair view of accompanying issues of concern for interior inspection, ask these questions during a walkthrough with your décor specialist.
- Bedrooms: Bedrooms make the world go away. Don’t allow yourself or your designer to mess with it. Ask these questions:
- Is the bed properly sized as per the room area?
- Is the bedding uniquely curated without over-the-top color and sheet combinations causing a distraction?
- Is the duvet of the right weight for the person sleeping on the bed?
- Is the bed frame complimenting the room’s color scheme?
- Does the mattress align with body pressure points for maximum relaxation?
- Is the room furniture contrasting its color palette?
- Can the room be spruced up with crown molding, decorative molding, wall textures, flooring upgrades, or other décor items?
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- Bathrooms: Nothing makes you a raging volcano than a hairdryer tucked away far into a cabinet corner. Let’s size up your bathroom, shall we?
- Is the storage sufficient?
- Are all toiletries fitting in without hassle?
- Is the bathroom mat soft and durable while matching with the color theme?
- Is the cabinetry done according to your chosen design and model?
- Are the countertop and sink well aligned and caulked with proper plumbing?
- Is the bathroom tub or shower sliding door caulked, grouted and fixed properly?
- Is the shelving obstructing mirror view, occupying too much space?
- Is movement smooth?
- Is there proper ventilation?
- Are all regular-use supplies within reach?
- Is the lighting appropriate?
- Kitchenware and tiling: Healthy food doesn’t make itself. A well-laid-out cooking range with smooth flooring ensures nobody gets injured while serving you or themselves.
- Are utensils/appliances stored sufficiently?
- Is the tiling showing signs of cracks, scratches, or coming apart at the edges?
- Are the dishwasher, microwave, oven, refrigerator, gas stove, and chimney working properly?
- Is the ventilation appropriate?
- Is the cabinetry properly finished and sturdy without risking injuries?
- Are the countertop and sink functioning well without plumbing snags?
- Living room: The game-night room with humanity’s darkest desires set free in the form of unfiltered conversations and all-nighter parties. You can’t afford to disappoint your tired self and guests looking to get comfy. Ask these questions before they’re directed at you by a stranger.
- Is the drywall pulling away?
- Any signs of the ceiling, walls, storage closets, and flooring leaking, rotting, forming mold or being damaged by termites?
- Are electrical connections working?
- Is paint finishing smooth and uniform?
- Is the lighting adding to the décor?
- Is the dining space arranged well with evenly sized chairs filling the table equally?
- Can you add coffee tables, side tables, and shelves to deck out the living space while making it more efficient for storage?
- Does it have curtains and blinds to avoid unwelcome peeking?
- Is the overall décor comforting and styled as per living room trends?
- Does your wooden/vinyl floor creak, feels soft and warped, or improperly leveled? Here’s a nifty guide to making your vinyl flooring warm during winters.
- Is your carpeted floor not matching seams across your rooms?
Living rooms have more scope than other rooms in terms of patterning trendy looks for different seasons. Watch out for evolving trends to spice things up.