Many of us don’t realize how much it really costs to undergo a home renovation. In order to make a success of the project you have to do your research first, this will give you a better idea of how things will pan out. Also before you get started on your own renovations, draw up a time scale which will help keep you on track.
To keep things running smoothly buy all your materials early and allow for items to be out of stock. Don’t feel under pressure to get renovations done quickly as it may lead to shoddy workmanship and more expense! If you don’t have the time or patience for your home improvements it won’t be completed as well as it could be. Sometimes it may be better to let the professional help you as not everyone can do their own renovations properly! Tradesmen’s busiest season for kitchens is normally during the warmer seasons so consider having yours down when it is not a popular time and you could save money. Also buy your own fixtures and fittings instead of the tradesman providing them.
Renovations generally do improve the value of your home but if you make unpopular design choices it may not pay off in the long run! If you are concerned about the value of your home when it comes to reselling you shouldn’t go for unusual designs, choose something relatively neutral for countertops and cabinets for example.
While many renovations will come across unexpected snags, a properly planned project will prevent many problems occurring. People have to take some responsibility for the people they choose to do work around their house and for not doing their homework properly so make sure you hire the best tradesmen for the job!
Bathroom -A new bathroom is a wise investment although is likely to turn out to be expensive sometimes! Renovate your bathroom and treat yourself to the private sanctuary you have always dreamt about. Nowadays people give bathrooms the same amount of attention as any other room in the house. Storage in general is important whether this involves shelves, cabinets or free standing furniture. For some people the bathroom is all about the tubs, taps and tiles and invest a lot of money in them. Sometimes though it is worth spending the extra money on a proper shower head for example as you will get more enjoyment out of it. When in doubt, keep it simple, white never looks dull in a bathroom!
Attic Bedroom – People who turn their old attic into a bedroom or other functional room will recoup the cost when they sell their homes. Converting an attic into a bedroom is more expensive than putting in a new boiler but when it comes to adding new space to your home it is priceless! Although you have to deal with a huge disruption to your daily routine as the workmen set to task, it will be worth it in the end!
Kitchen -You have been collecting the magazines, visiting showrooms and finally you are ready for your kitchen renovation! It is really important that you don’t over invest in your kitchen renovation – it should always be relative to your home and your budget! If you plan properly you can make standard cabinets look like bespoke furniture! Many kitchen businesses provide a free design service and supply a wide range of kitchen accessories. When it comes to appliances you could save yourself a fortune if you buy last year’s model. Use quality materials such as wood veneer which lasts longer than MDF.