4 Things You Must Check Before Starting A Home Renovation

by Jeff Williams on December 7, 2015

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So, you’ve decided to make some changes in your house and are thinking about major renovations? It’s an exciting time, no doubt.

But, before you get carried away, there are several things you need to check before you start. Take a look and tick all of these essential tasks off your list.

Your Budget

Here’s the thing about renovations – they almost always end up costing you more than you originally planned.

There are plenty of reasons why this happens, but, you can guarantee your costs will rise. It’s worth talking to as many people as possible, and planning your budget to include some extra funds. It’s essential that you get things finished, as it would be heartbreaking for you to get so far, but not be able to afford to complete.

Your Ideas

There will be a lot of things you want to do on your wishlist, but when it comes to expensive renovations, you will have to be careful. You have to know about a lot of things about your home, and it’s best to find out what you can before starting any work. For example, you have to complete a building survey before you start digging up in or around your home. If there are pipes and cables in the way of what you want to do, then you are going to need different types of equipment, such as hydro excavation. Similarly, if you live in a listed building, you might not even be able to dig anywhere. It’s considerations like these that can have a massive impact on the result, and you have to be aware of them before you get started.

Your Contractors

You also have to run a few checks with the contractors you plan on hiring to do the work. You’ll need to know their record on completing within budget and time frame, and it’s also a good idea to have a look at some of their past work. Ask around and see if you can speak to one of their previous customers, and get the full lowdown on each contractor. Were they fast-working, or did they make too many mistakes? How many other customers were they serving at the same time as you? The more you know about the contractor, the more likelihood they will be a better fit for you.

More Knowledge

A lot of people try and cut costs when renovating their homes, but it can be tricky to do if you have no previous experience. Without any knowledge of the building trade and processes, you will rely on other people entirely, and that’s going to cost you. The more you know, the more you will be able to save. It’s also worth getting involved with the project yourself. For example, you could labour for the tradespeople, and save yourself anything up to $350 a day.

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when it comes to getting ready for your renovations, let alone starting them. It’s critical to get everything in place before you commence work, or you could be left with an expensive mess on your hands.

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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.

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