When we first house hunt and browse the different options available to us on the market, we’ll generally have a checklist of different things we’re looking for. We’ll usually want a set number of rooms. We’ll want a set number of bathrooms. We’ll know whether we want a garden or not. We’ll know whether a garage is an essential or not. There may be other more niche features that you’ll scope out. When we finally find a property that seems to tick many of our boxes, we’ll put our deposit down and settle in! Now, while we’ll generally get something that’s pretty good for us, many of us will eventually make some sort of renovations to our property. This could be soon after you move in in order to make the home tick all of your boxes rather than most of them. This could be later down the line when your circumstances, needs and preferences change (perhaps you’ll have more kids and need more rooms or get more cars and need more garage space, for example). Renovating a property is notoriously long winded and can be relatively difficult and costly. But the results are generally more than worth it. To make things a little easier and more straightforward, though, here are a few pieces of advice that can help you along the way!
Get Planning Permission
When you alter your home, you’ll probably need planning permission. It’s almost certain you’ll need permission if you’re making any changes to the outside of your property, as they could potentially impact your neighbours’ happiness and the value of their homes. Now, so many people make the mistake of thinking they can carry on without permission and then simply gain permission down the line if someone pulls them up on things. But this isn’t always the case. Your plans could be denied, which will mean you’ll have to revert your property to its former state and you’ll have wasted a huge amount of money in the process. Just get permission first. It’s for the best!
Know How You’ll Fund Your Renovations
Of course, renovations are often costly. So having a good idea of how to fund them is important. You can save and pay outright. You can take out a loan to cover the costs and then pay the sum back at a slower pace. You can find Homeowner loan FAQs here. Whatever approach you take, it’s important that you are certain you’ll be able to afford the overall cost.
Use Reliable Contractors
Don’t make the mistake of hiring the cheapest option available, regardless of their previous reviews or without any knowledge of their previous work. A job poorly carried out will just cost more in repairs and having others redo the work at a later date. Pay for it to be done properly in the first place. Use reliable and recommended contractors who have an impressive portfolio and plenty of happy customer reviews!
These simple steps are easy to implement and will make all the difference when you renovate your home. So put them to good use!