If you regularly watch home improvement TV programmes and read our blog (of course!), then there’s probably been a time where you’ve considered taking renovation that one step further. Maybe, instead of simply renovating one room, you’ve decided you want to buy and renovate an entire house. Before you do this, you should know that it will require a lot of hard work, effort and dedication. Today’s blog is all about the things that you should consider before you actually go ahead and do it. Are you brave enough?
First things first, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in for. Arrange to view the house more than once before buying. You need to make sure that you’re aware of any potential issues that will arise when you begin the work. Do you need planning permission to do bits of the work? Check with your local authority. Are there any structural issues? Is there already plumbing and electricity? If there are problems with these things then it could cause you a fortune. Make sure to get a surveyor in for an assessment- they’ll be able to help you work out the costs and decide whether you’ll actually benefit from spending the time and money on this property. It could also be useful to take friends and family that have done work on similar projects for a second opinion.
The next step is to ensure that you actually have a big enough budget and do your research thoroughly. More problems than you expected are likely to crop up on your renovating journey, so overestimate your budget just in case. If there’s any jobs that don’t need doing straight away, such as cosmetic things, then leave them till last, as this gives you more time to save.
Know that it will take a long time to get it finished. Unless you’re superman, there’s no way that the house will be done in a matter of weeks. It’s likely to take months, even years, before you’ll reach the end. Therefore, you need to decide whether or not you’ll be living in the house whilst the work’s being completed. It might be the case that you can’t until later on in the project, so think about where you’re going to be staying and if this is going to incur any extra costs.
If you want to get the job done properly, you’ll need contractors that you can trust. Are you planning on taking on a building firm or individual contractors? If you decide to do it individually, you need to ensure that you logically plan when each contractor is going to come. Your choice all depends on, again, your budget, and how much you want to be involved. Our advice to you is to ensure, even if you do hire a building firm, that you oversee at least some of the work- you want to make sure that you’re happy with what’s being done.
Renovating a house from top to bottom can be immensely rewarding, and eventually, it’ll mean you’ll have the house of your dreams. Have you ever taken on a project before? We’d love to hear about it.