Four things to consider before taking on a renovation or home-improvement project

Four things to consider before taking on a renovation or home-improvement project

12th Mar, 2020

Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the majority the UK has been told to stay at home, meaning many people are taking on home renovation plans – starting new projects – or ticking off improvement jobs on their to-do lists.

Here are four simple tips to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

Plan, plan and plan a bit more

The best renovations are executed when there’s a clear plan put in place. Before you – or any workmen – pick up tools, make sure you have a clear plan of action.

That’s everything from a thorough budget and waste removal to evaluating any potential risks and putting back-up processes in place. A well-thought-out strategy could save you time and money in the long run.

Be realistic about your budget

Before embarking on a renovation project, make sure you have set-up a spreadsheet to estimate each individual cost. Even if you don’t stick to this to the penny, you can make an educated guess at how much things are going to cost and be prepared for all eventualities.

Why doing everything yourself can be a false economy

Sometimes, it’s easy to think that doing renovation work – on evening and weekends – can save you time and money. It can end up being the opposite! Doing everything yourself takes longer and can sometimes result in mistakes that end-up taking up time and money.

Picking the right builder is a balance between cost and the quality of the service. Make sure you do your research and find someone you get on well with – even if it does cost you slightly more. Your gut instinct is the best tool you’ve got – so make sure you use it!

Set timescales

If you’re planning a revamp – whether big or small – be prepared to overcome some bumps in the road. No matter how organised you try to be, things will happen that are outside of your control. Try to keep things in perspective and leave a little room in your budget and timeframe to account for any unexpected setbacks.

So, whether you’re doing a big renovation or simply want to add a few new elements to your home, refer to these simple steps to keep you on-track. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly team

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