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LifestyleJuly 24, 2019
Top five things to consider before you renovate
Making the decision to take on a renovation project is a huge challenge and commitment and should not be taken lightly. As rewarding as the outcome will be, it can be expensive, time-consuming and takes a lot of preparation.
So, in celebration of our brand-new competition to give away 10 pairs of tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Surrey later this month, we reveal five things to consider before you delve into a big home renovation.
1. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Renovations are daunting, and so creating your own detailed schedule, with sections for each room e.g. ‘loft conversion’ will help massively. In each section, write time frames and assign job roles to ensure no jobs overlap or conflict with each other.
When working on a big task, it’s always easier to take it one step at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Without a detailed plan of action, the whole process becomes hectic and stressful. It’s normal to miss deadlines, but do your best to make a schedule and stick to it!
2. Budget for additional costs
Home renovation projects are never simple and rarely go exactly to plan. You will save yourself a lot of time and energy by pre-empting these potential pitfalls along the way. For example, old buildings will most likely require new electrics.
According to Homebuilding & Renovating, rewiring a typical three bedroom terrace measuring around 100m² will cost between £2,500-£3,000, adding a modern heating system to a typical house will cost around £2,500-5,000 and a new roof can cost about £2,000-£3,000 for a typical three bedroom house.
3. Write everything down
Whether it’s measurements of each space, who is responsible for what role, or your expenditure, make sure you write it all down and keep it with you – even if it’s in your notes in your phone. This will help avoid any confusion or mishaps along the way.
4. Who are you renovating for?
People renovate for different reasons, whether it is to increase the value of your property, restore an old or derelict property or enhance your return on investment, everyone has their own goal in mind. Renovating for you and your family to live in the home, to rent your property or to sell your home, tailor the renovation to meet your goal. However, even if you are renovating for yourself, think long-term and make sure that the decisions you make will not have a negative impact when you eventually decide to sell your home.
5. Be realistic
Nothing ever goes perfectly, and renovation deadlines are almost always extended. Remember that you can’t rely on everyone all the time and you’re probably going to go over budget. It’s all worth it in the end though, and if you remain realistic with your expectations and vision, you’ll be on the path to success!
Regardless of your stage in the building or renovating process, a visit to this event will reward you with inspiration to help create your dream living space. Gain insider knowledge from versatile property experts, find out how to source the most suitable products for your home or start from scratch with a guide to planning permission.
Through a wide range of free daily seminars and masterclasses on key topics including self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions, and home DIY alongside tailored advice about your project, you will leave with the confidence and determination to maximise your home to its fullest potential.
Swap hours of scouring the internet to hold face-to-face consultations with architects, planners, builders and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s experts.
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On Facebook – Share the competition post pinned at the top of the page AND like The Guild of Property Professionals Facebook page @GuildProperty.
On Twitter – Retweet our pinned tweet about the competition AND follow @GuildProperty.
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