Taking on a renovation is a fantastic way to increase the value of a property. Perhaps you managed to find yourself a diamond in the rough or you’ve decided to give your current home a new look! If you’re looking to increase space and enhance the layout of your existing property, then you’ll inevitably need to get planning and consider the various options available and begin to include third parties such as architects and builders. Whilst extremely rewarding, taking on a large-scale renovation project can require a lot of patience, especially when projects overrun and you uncover any potential issues along the way. However, beginning your project with a solid plan and timeline will keep headaches to a minimum and allow you to enjoy a stress-free renovation.
Here are our top tips for keeping your renovation on-track!
Research research research
Keeping your renovation on track in relation to both time and budget is largely down to your planning. This is where the research period is key, if you jump into a renovation blindly, you’re going to end up paying for it. You will need to set a realistic renovation budget, and in order to do this, you’ll need to spend some time researching the cost of materials, any products you want to include in your reno as well as the cost of labour. You may find various online tools of use, for example, our Door Designer Tool enables you to mock up your perfect front door from the comfort of your own home.
Plan – and try to stick to it
Whether you’re renovating one room or a whole house, creating a plan and a timeline of events will ensure you stay on track and don’t end up feeling overwhelmed with various parts of your renovation overlapping, or not being finished on time. Deviating from your plan can cause you extra costs, delays, and logistical issues with booking in labour time. You don’t want your plastering finished before your electrician has worked his magic, or your windows being fitted after your room has been freshly painted, otherwise, you could end up in a bit of a mess and paying for the same job twice. Changing your mind halfway through a project can also be costly, so make sure any decision you make is well thought out!
Once you’ve drawn up your timeline and have a plan in place, create a budget spreadsheet so you can keep a track of costs – and, while we’re on the topic of budgeting…
Allow for a buffer
Even with the best intentions and the tightest of plans, it’s inevitable that something may crop up, so, for any unexpected occurrences, it’s always wise to have a buffer just in case you need to find some spare cash. In an ideal world, 25% will give you a comfortable emergency fund, allowing you to continue your renovation without having to pause or delay works.
Find suppliers that work for you
From architects to builders, glazing experts, and plumbers. Not every supplier will be right for you and your project and finding people who understand your vision is absolutely key. It might mean a wait or spending a little extra money but it will be worth it in the long run. Gathering quotes is a great place to start, but remember, you get what you pay for, and whilst cost is certainly a consideration, you should also think about:
- Do they have a TrustPilot account or Google Reviews? Testimonials from previous customers is a great way to find out how a company operates, whether they are reputable and how other customers have found their experience with said organisation or person. Did they stick to the schedule? Was the work completed on time?
- Is their style suited to you? It’s worth checking out previous projects, for example, if you’re going for a minimalist/contemporary approach to your renovation, has the architect worked with similar properties before? Does the glazing company have experience with unusual and unique properties?
- Are they accredited? No one wants to be stung by a rogue trader, and one way to ensure you’re working with an established and reliable company is to check their accreditations.
- Do they use sustainable materials? With growing environmental concerns, we’re all trying to do our bit to minimise our impact on the planet. When researching suppliers, don’t forget to check out their green credentials. Do they use FSC certified wood? Are they a carbon neutral company.
It’s important that you know exactly what you’re paying for and what’s going on during all stages of your renovation project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if you think they’re silly! There’s a good chance you won’t be the first person to ask that exact question, so don’t be afraid to speak up, this will reduce the chance of any crossed wires and delays to your renovation. You don’t want to find yourself having got the wrong end of the stick and having to re-do any work. To keep your renovation on track, everyone needs to be on the same page, and this requires communication.
With plenty of pre-planning, the right people behind your project, and clear communication, you’re bound to have a successful renovation ahead of you!
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