Whether you're thinking about renovating your house
to increase its value and sell on, or to simply
create a better living environment, there are many
important things to consider before starting the
work. It can be an expensive and time consuming
endeavour to renovate your home, so you must be
completely sure that you wish to go ahead with it
and know what you're doing. Here are important
considerations before renovating your home.
It is vital that you budget for all your
renovations and leave a little bit extra in case of
delays, increasing costs and emergencies. Think
about your current financial situation and how much
it is likely to change in the next year, as
renovations (and paying for them) will probably go
on for that long. You may have to cut back or not do
some renovations depending on finances.
renovating your home to increase its value, consider
which areas are most likely to provide the largest
return on investment. Getting a conservatory can add
11% of value to your home, while renovating
the kitchen will add nearly 5%. Even if you're not
selling, loft conversions can provide essential
space that offers a great return as you won't need
to move to find a home with an extra bedroom.
Where to Start
When time or finances are limited, you are best
to start renovating with the most important areas.
Bathrooms and kitchens can often be done quickly,
and getting your roof fixed through
can be a relatively quick task. Consider which areas
need the work doing soonest and start with them.
DIY or Not?
In order to save as much money as possible, some
people will attempt to take care of renovation work
themselves. Those who possess the necessary skills
and time can make this a success, but if you're
unsure or limited for time, it may not be the best
idea. You can cause more financial and property
damage if things go wrong.
Exterior as Well
It's not just the
inside of your home that needs renovating, the
garden and property's exterior should be considered
too. Old houses may need a facelift with a lick of
home rendering, while the garden can be
renovated with the addition of some decking or a
patio. Whatever you decide, be sure to consider all
these points before you start renovating your home.