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To make your house into your perfect home, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. There are a lot of DIYs that you could do to make your house look modern and well looked after on a budget. However, when you find yourself with some savings lying around, or in need a more significant change to your home, you could look into getting a renovation. Before renovating your home, there are a few things that you should research and do:
Look into how long the work will take
If you are renovating the house that you live in, you need to research how long it will take. It may be that you are only renovating the kitchen or bathroom, but these rooms are crucial to your home. You need to be able to eat and drink, and you need to be able to go to the toilet and bathe. By calculating how long it will take, you will be able to decide whether you need to make other living arrangements while the work is taking place. If it is not going to take long, you may be able to make do, but if your home needs more significant work, you might have to stay with a friend or family member or rent a hotel.
Make a budget and try to stick to it
Having a budget when you set out to renovate your house is a must. Have a limit that you are willing to spend and stick to it. It will help if you always assumed that the work will end up costing more than you originally planned. Things can change during the process. You might find out that you need some of the electrics redoing, or that you want to choose a different countertop to the one you originally picked. Having a budget will also help prevent you from choosing to make costly additions to a renovation when they aren’t needed.
Check if you need planning permission
If you are making changes to the inside of your home, the odds are that you won’t need planning permission as long as it doesn’t affect the outside of the building. If you want to add an extension to your home, it is more likely that you will need planning permission. Some small extensions won’t need planning permission, but larger extensions and those with multiple storeys may require permission.
Before starting any work, it is better to do your research so that you don’t end up spending money on something that you weren’t allowed to do.
Get some expert advice
It is always worth getting some expert advice if you want to renovate your home, especially if it isn’t something that you have done before. You could talk to builders, plumbers and electricians to find out more about the cost that comes with renovations, and you could get in touch with some architecture firms if you want some help with the design.
You might even be lucky enough to have friends or family who have been through the process, can recommend people and give you an idea of what the process will be like.