Many people buy their homes with plans to renovate at some point, however it’s hard to know where to get started.
The problem with a lot of building work is that one thing normally needs to precede another so while you might want to rip into the kitchen and put in a new one it may mean that you also need to knock out walls, re-do floors, or a plethora of other things that you aren’t ready to tackle yet.
So, where do you begin and how do you stop yourself from getting carried away to the point where you want to replace the entire house?
- Define your goals
It’s best to decide from the outset why you are doing a renovation and what you hope to achieve. Do you just want a simple cosmetic renovation to improve the property’s value? Or are you looking at turning the property into your dream ‘forever’ home?
How long you plan to be at the property may also help you work out what you may like to do at the property. If you intend to stay at the property long into the future then you may be able to do renovations in stages so you don’t have to focus on doing too much at once.
- Decide on a budget
You can’t move ahead with any renovation plans unless you have the budget to back it up. Your budget will largely help dictate what you can and can’t do. If you only have a small budget then you may need to focus on doing just minor improvements or on projects you can DIY.
- Approach builders and trades
Once you have spent some time thinking about what you want and how much you have to spend it is a good time to start talking to the experts so you can get quotes and compare them.
If you decide not to use a builder or someone who can project manage your renovations for you then make sure you check that each of your trades are licensed and that they are carrying out the work that needs to be done in the correct order.
- Refine your plans
After talking to a number of different property experts you might find that your plans evolve. This may be because your plans are more expensive than you initially thought or for a variety of other reasons.
Don’t be afraid of talking to people to see if there are ways you can reduce costs though. You may be able to do some of the work yourself to cut down on labour costs, or you may be able to save by using cheaper materials.
- Get started!
Once you know what you’re doing and have worked out how to get there, then it’s time to get going! The sooner you start your renovations the sooner you can finish. It can be scary when you first start pulling a house apart to make way for the new, but it will all be worth it in the long run and hopefully you end up with the home that you dreamed of.