Top tips when renovating…

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For DIY lovers, renovating a property can be an exciting prospect, but for those of us who aren’t quite as slick with a hammer, it can prove a testing task. However, the finished piece can have so much potential. A property makeover can completely redefine the home and change its entire look and feel.

Whether your current home needs restoring or you recently invested in a property with the intention of doing it up and selling it on, there are a number of factors to consider before the hard work begins…

The first step is to work out a budget, whether you have £100 in the pot or £1 million –  your home can be revitalised! It’s easy to get carried away with an exciting project, but think about what you really need to spend your money on, and remember, every penny really can make a difference! Adding a lick of paint, replacing tiles or even installing all the luxuries to make your home fit for a queen, a budget will make sure you get the most out of your money.

The budget should cover the cost of builders and contractors, should you need them, but take the time to shop around to find the best tradespeople and the best deal. Unless you work in the profession and have all the resources like time, tools and friends to help you out, don’t go down the DIY route. Take a look at the contractor’s portfolio and take the time to sit with them to discuss the end goal. More importantly, keep back a contingency fund as well as five per cent of your total budget for a snagging list. Should something go wrong, you’ll want to be able to fix it.

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If you’re completely changing the structure of a home, hire an architect as they can make your vision come to life and detail aspects you may never have otherwise considered. With years of training, an architect can also contribute ideas that you might never have thought of as well as making a visual interpretation of the finished project.

Whilst they may be more expensive in the short term, consider using top quality materials as they will last in the long run. Consult professionals about different materials to consider, and think about the material’s environment, for example, materials on the outside of the building will exposed to severe weather.

Also, renovating a home isn’t just an exterior project. Why renovate the outside if it doesn’t look nice on the inside?

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Mood boards are a great way to select colour schemes for each room and give you an overview to how the whole home will look and feel. Collect paint or wallpaper samples and cut out magazine pictures for inspiration, or create a saved items page online and compile a list of websites or design a Pinterest page with your ‘dream’ accessories or furniture in.

Throughout the whole process it’s important to be prepared, trust your instinct and stick to your vision as well as taking time to enjoy your home (once its completed). After all you made it just how you’ve always wanted it.