If you are planning on renovating your home, there are a few things you need to prepare for. When it comes to DIY, it is easy to rush ahead with a can-do attitude, and forget to plan, budget and prepare. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you get ready for any home renovation project so that you don’t ruin your house or its value.
Create a Realistic Budget
Before you even think about your project, you need to make sure that you have a plan in place that will set you up for success. Do you have the budget to allow for mistakes and problems should they arise?
If you’re hoping to sell for a higher price in the future, skimping out now could affect your property price, so it’s always worth putting off any unnecessary work until you can be 100% sure you can cover any unexpected costs.
As hard as it may seem, this forward-thinking is what will help you in the future. It’s always better to wait a little longer than realise the wall you just knocked down had an important water pipe going through it, and you don’t have the budget to cover yourself.
If you are certain that you have the budget to support your project and anything extra, then go ahead with planning.
Now it’s time to make a realistic plan for how things are going to go. Take into consideration the amount of spare time you have to complete this task. In lockdown we had more time than usual to complete projects, so make sure you consider new commitments that you may not have had before.
A big thing to consider is the current theme of your house. You may want a brand new, ultra-modern kitchen, but if you are in a classic cottage, there may not be the correct plumbing and systems in place to set everything up. The same goes for value. Try to keep your interiors consistent, so that you can sell for a good price in the future. There are very few people that will buy a mismatched home.
Never forget about yourself when renovating your home. Will you be staying there whilst this goes on? Do you have children and pets to consider? You may not have running water or a working oven for some time whilst work is being done. By thinking about the little things, you can be sure your project will come together a lot more smoothly.
Get Your Kit Together
There is a whole load of kit that comes with any renovation project, and it can accumulate into a lot of money if you have failed to prepare. You have to consider everything you will need, from air conditioning units to diggers and skips, if you want to be efficient in your process.
If you aren’t considering a career in renovations, it is worth finding a company that you can hire specific equipment from. Not only is it more sustainable, but you won’t be left with an expensive cement mixer gathering dust in your garage for years to come.
Companies like Tiger Plant, for example, offer a range of plant tools for hire and can provide you with expert advice for any project you’re working on.
Choose Trusted Labourers
Although there are steps you can take to prepare yourself as much as possible, there is still a chance that you will need to rely on a professional to help you. To ensure your home is as safe as possible, you will need to check that all safety regulations are adhered to (for example with gas and electricity) or you risk harming yourself and your family.
By choosing a trusted labourer, you are ensuring that all of your hard work hasn’t gone to waste. If your labourer hasn’t got the right qualifications or experience you can run into serious problems later down the line.
If you’re planning to renovate, hopefully, this helps you to prepare and plan your way to a wonderful home. Remember to keep an eye on UK Home Improvement so that you don’t miss any new tips or tricks that can help you in the future.