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People may consider that the most essential component in redesign is the house itself, and they are on the right track to a degree, without the first open door there can be no development. Be that as it may, truth be told, the most imperative part of any task of this nature is the budget, without which no feasible move can even be made to secure the house.
Budget, budget budget!
In theory spending money on a quality renovation instead of cheating out the necessary funds will magically appear, but in reality we know this isn’t true, so make sure you do your homework to keep on track of costs
Do Your Homework
Talk to a friend who has been through a similar renovation, do as much window shopping and cost-comparisons that you can do. Make sure you tack on at least an extra 20% for those inevitable issues that will spring up. Check your budget with your builder or architect regularly to make sure you’re on track. Finally don’t borrow to renovate if you can. A renovation is much more satisfying if you save up the necessary funds before you renovate.
Find The Right Building Contractor
We’ve all heard the horror stories, the best building contractors can be found through word of mouth. But if you can’t come up with a good referral, then look online and ask for references before you sign any agreements
Be realistic about what you can accomplish based on your budget resources and your existing home. Is it essential that you have a brand new kitchen right now, over rewiring old electrics which are an essential part of your home.
It’s All In The Details
Make sure you have a list or multiple lists for each room, and make sure that you confirm and reconfirm that everything has been ordered and delivered to avoid any hiccups with your renovation project.
Now you’ve talked to the experts, gotten referrals and drawn up your plans, have one more chat with friends or family who have gone through the renovation experience. Try to be as thorough as possible. You could potentially save thousands of pounds having good friends take a look at your plans and assess them from an objective point of view, do you really need a double bath or would a standard size bath be adequate if you have a separate shower fitted.
Don’t Have Any Regrets
Renovating can be stressful and if you carefully follow the previous steps you should be more than prepared. Don’t send guess choices once they’ve been made, paid for and installed.
Renovate For The Future
Trends are for accessorising, not for renovating. A rule of thumb for renovating is that doing a high-quality job in a classic style is exactly that, classic. If you invest in quality finishes now, you won’t regret it. Don’t be a slave to fashion, how will those olive-green appliances look in twenty years. Basic white appliances and bathrooms sets are timeless and will never go out of fashion.
Regularly Speak To Your Building Contractor
Your builder will tell you, you only need to visit once a week. Don’t believe them, you need to visit every day, unless you have an incredibly trustworthy person to oversee your renovation. Certainly don’t go on holiday or avoid the site. Mistakes can be made and you need to be there to react to them, the longer a mistake goes unseen, the more expensive it will be to change it.
Have Fun & Enjoy
It’s not all doom and gloom, at the end of the day there’s nothing more rewarding than watching a space be transformed by good design decisions and great workmanship. Better still is the day when the word is done and you can enjoy the results in the peace and quiet of your new home.
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