Whether you are redecorating your family room, updating your kitchen or bathroom, converting your loft, or extending your home, there is some planning that needs to happen in order for it to be successful and run as smoothly a possible.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can do this below:
Get Your Home Ready For Change
The first thing you need to do is make your home ‘change-ready’. There is no point in getting started with any building work you need ot know that your home is prepared for it. It’s best if you have a home inspection if you are planning any major renovation work and anything like damp, gaping cracks, bowed floorboards checked by a professional.
Another part of getting your home ready for home renovations is making sure it is organized. Yes, it may not be at the top of your list when you can’t wait to see the final result, however, if you the majority of your decluttering, tidying, and clearing before you start the work. Part of this could be clearing the area you are going to be working on. If you have a lot to get rid of you may want to think about cheaper bin hire so you can get rid of everything you need to in one go.
Decide Want You Would Like To Be Done
This could mean saving ideas on Pinterest, saving magazine pages, or just speaking to friends or family who has also been doing house projects. Any changes that you make need to be carefully thought about so it’s important to make sure you really think about what you would like to be achieved during your renovations. At the end of the day, renovations take up valuable time and money, therefore, making considerations before you start can help you to prevent and costly mistakes or regrets.
Get More Than One Estimate
You should aim to get a least a couple of estimates for the work you need doing unless you are doing it yourself of course. This will give you n idea of how much it is going to cost you before you agree on a final quote. Ask for a breakdown of the costs for the entire job, this way you can avoid any hidden costs cropping up later down the line. Make sure you see any plans in detail too.
If you are planning on completing the work yourself, you can still provide yourself with an estimate of the costs of each project. It’s probably easier to do this room by room. Make a list of each task that needs to be done and list all the materials you will need to get the job completed.
Once you have the list of materials you are able to think more about your budget. You need to think about the cost of work, think about things like rent if you need to move out for a while, any materials or tools that you, and any finishing touches. Always aff an extra 10 percent to your budget to protect yourself if you have to spend a little more.
Once you have your budget in place, you can see what you should be starting with. If you don’t have the budget to do the entire renovation in one go, you can section your budget off on a room by room basis. Doing this enables you to complete the projects you want to do while not overspending.
If you need to save for your renovation work, it could help if you create yourself a monthly budgeting plan. You could also think about getting a few materials each month in the lead up to starting the project as it will help to start any large lump sums in one month.
Get The Right Permission
You won’t need permission for a lot of what you want to complete, especially when it comes to smaller projects such as repainting your walls or laying new carpets. However, if you want to knock any walls down or if you are building near a boundary wall then the chances are you will need to seek permission. Your local planning officer will be able to advise you on whether planning permission is needed or not.
Think About Whether You Will Manage The Project Yourself
Managing a project can be challenging if you are dealing with several different tradespeople. You need to make sure you are keeping track of each and every one of them as well as making sure they are able to work around each other. It is likely that you will need to be on-site every day of the project, you will need ot be able ot understand any plans, and you will also need to be familiar with your legal responsibilities when it comes ot areas such as health and safety. If you appoint a contractor to manage your renovation it can remove a lot of the risk and hard work. However, if you are only tackling small renovations and planning on doing them yourself then you will have no need for a contractor.
Find The Right Tradespeople
You need to ensure you are working with good quality tradespeople that arent going to let you down. Although it can be difficult to guarantee this if you look in the right places and do your research you can certainly help to minimize this risk. Word of mouth is often the best port of call, especially if you have friends or family who has had recent projects completed that are to a high standard and within a similar budget to yours. If you can’t do that, you should ensure you have a look at reviews. Always ask to see evidence of previous work they have carried out and ask to see any qualification if they need to have them to complete their line of work.
This short guide should help you get off to the right to start planning your next renovation project. Do you have anything in the pipeline? What are you thinking about doing next?