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Things to consider before home renovations

  • 14 Jun 2021

Renovating your home can be exciting and gives your house or apartment a new lease of life. However, there’s a few things you should think about first. Here are some pointers to consider before you start your big home change. 

Consider the cost 

Renovations are often expensive, and you’ll need to have a decent budget ready in case things go wrong. Whatever your ideal budget is, add a few thousand pounds on top for costs you might not have thought about.

These include calling a plumber or electrician in instances where the task at hand is larger than you’d originally planned.  

Highlight what you are renovating 

When taking on a home renovation, you’ll want to have a thorough plan laid out and ready to follow. The best way to do this is to section up your home, room by room, and identify which rooms would benefit the most from improvement. This will help you understand which rooms to start with and also reduces the chance of you damaging a room or space you’ve just decorated.  

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For example, maybe leave the hallway and stairs until the end as you’ll be carrying tools, paint and other supplies through the house. You won’t want to damage the hard work you’ve done. 

Make sure you have the right equipment 

If you do a lot of the renovation yourself, you’ll want to have the right tools and supplies to hand.

It’s also important to remember to have protective equipment for your hands and feet. These will protect yourself from paint splatters and the rogue nail on the floor. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  

Check if you need planning permission 

Some major home renovations, such as garden landscaping, creating a driveway, adding in a conservatory or an outdoor bar, will require planning permission from your local council.  

It’s important to get this permission agreed before you start any renovations or buy in any supplies, as you could be declined permission and face having to take down the structure you have built. If your local council do say this renovation isn’t permitted, work with them to come to an agreement of something that would be allowed.  

Conclusion

There is a lot to consider before undergoing home renovations. But, if you have a clear plan and budget, it should be a smooth experience with little hiccups. Always be prepared for delays, whether it’s the contractors you’re using or waiting on shipment for items in the household.

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