Guide for Property Renovation

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Almost every property has some potential for renovation – the secret is to assess its design- and financial potential before committing to a full-on home renovation. Home renovation is one of the best ways to get the home you want.

So, once that house is yours, where do you start your renovation project? First of all, distinguish between the house’s best assets (perhaps its large garden, the view, an original fireplace) and the worst (like a leaking roof). However, bear in mind that certain hidden problems might only present themselves once you begin work on the property – prepare yourself for this. 

The scale of your project may be such that the services of a designer (whether it’s an architect or an interior designer) are just not needed, but if you are extending or carrying out major remodelling work, you should not underestimate what a designer could bring to the table. After all, designers have the talent, experience, and expertise to get the most from your space and your budget and could offer ideas and solutions beyond what you had considered possible.

First off, congratulations are in order, you’re planning to renovate a house! But where to start??

You’re about to take on one of the most transformational projects in your lifetime. Starting a house renovation is up there with planning a wedding, or starting a family… there are bumps in the road but you’ll never regret it. You’re about to build so many memories (and a home) for a lifetime.

Choosing the right property to renovation

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This is an exciting phase. You’ve made your decision, and you’re ready to look for the ideal property to renovate. For many, the increase in house prices make buying a property to renovate a more attractive proposition. You get a property in the location you want, at a more reasonable price , plus you get to put your stamp on it. If you’ve not yet bought your renovation property, check out our post about what to look for when buying a house to renovate.

  • Sell your existing property
  • Secure a mortgage
  • Calculate the sum you’ll need to renovate a property
  • Secure/allocate the funds to renovate a property
  • Organise house viewings
  • Place an offer, get it accepted

Planning your renovation – where to start?

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At this stage, you’ve got the keys to your renovation. Hooray! Here’s where the real work begins. We remember the day we moved into our home renovation. 

No doubt you’re scared costs will spiral, and you feel a little lost in the headlights about what to do first. But the key to a successful renovation is planning well, and you’ve found our website now – we won’t let you fail!

  • Book removals and/or storage
  • Get the keys
  • Appoint an architect/technician/designer
  • Firm up layout ideas
  • Confirm calculations with a structural engineer

A structural engineer is essential if you’re changing any part of the structure of your property. They’ll work alongside your architect to ensure the structure is safe and compliant. Call on their support for everything from extensions to conversions, knock-throughs and even smaller scale upgrades like opening up chimney breasts, or installing windows and doors.

  • Submit final drawings for approval

Usually your architect will offer to look after your planning and building applications on your behalf. For a listed building, you may also investigate hiring an experienced planning officer to work on your behalf, but you can also choose to do this yourself and for smaller scale builds, we recommend it. Don’t be phased by the complexity of planning and building regulations – we go into detail and demystify the whole process in our online course. 

  • Mood board your designs
  • Select kitchen/bathroom supplier or interior designer and work with them on design/layout
  • Get quotes in and choose a contractor
  • Confirm Lighting, Electrical, Heating design
  • Obtain home renovation insurance cover for the work
  • Prepare the site for work

Renovating a house is TOUGH and there is a lot of moving parts to line up – especially in this planning phase. 

You might wish to work with an Interior Designer who will be able to give you 1-on-1 support for every point of your renovation journey. (Take a look at our Interior Design service to see if it suits you) However, if your total renovation costs will be below £100,000 – a more cost effective route for you would be to join an online course like ours which gives you the tools you need to save ££’s on hiring project managers, designers – and you’ll be left with stunning results within budget.

A designer or architect won’t help you budget, whereas an online course like ours will support you with Budgeting, Layouts, Design, Planning, Shopping, and coping with the Build.

Let the renovation commence!

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Here’s where you see all of your hard work start to become a reality. It’s the dustiest phase of renovating with a lot of ups and downs and it’s very disruptive. Crucial in this stage, is to hold tightly onto your design vision and costs being paid out, to assure you end up with an excellent finish within budget.

  • Build the foundations (if applicable)
  • Build/remove structural elements (Brickwork, roof, framing, removal of walls, installation of RSJs)
  • Install windows & external doors
  • Building control inspect the work
  • First fix – Electrics, heating and plumbing
  • Insulation + Plasterboard get installed
  • Install kitchen/bathroom units
  • Plaster walls and ceiling – or install wall panelling (if applicable)
  • Mist coat plaster once thoroughly dried out, then decorate walls
  • Second fix: Electrics, heating and plumbing (sockets, switches and lighting are fitted)
  • Lay flooring
  • Begin carpentry work (fit internal doors, skirting, architrave, built in cupboards, shelving)
  • Paint carpentry work (if applicable)
  • Style & dress the room! The part you’ve been dreaming about!

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There really is nothing quite like taking a dated house and turning it into your dream home. If this is something you’re about to embark on, then we’re so glad you’ve discovered us. Visit Property Contractors 247 and get a free quote today!

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