How to prepare for a renovation

Taking on a renovation project at any time is both challenging and rewarding. But, unlike building a home from scratch, renovating can uncover all kinds of things. It can be a complex process filled with ups and downs, so being prepared is the key to a successful project. Here are some top tips on what you can do to make sure your renovation is a success.

Planning and budgeting

This is probably one of the key stages of the renovation process. You’ll need to set out what budget you have to work with, as well as whether you need planning permission, listed building consent, building regulations approval and what workmen you need onboard.

To avoid delays, you’ll be able to schedule works in that don’t requite any planning consent. Remember, even if you’re doing work that requires building regulations approval, you can start this following 24 hours’ notice if made an application.

Where budgeting is concerned, it’s important to get a number of quotes from different companies and if possible, go and view some of their previous work. This will give you a good idea of their finishes and also how they work as a business.

Get the tools you need

Whether you’re taking on some of the renovations yourself or you’re getting equipment and tools ready for the workmen, get an industrial equipment supplier onboard to help you with everything you need.

Connect with reputable tradesmen

Having reliable and experienced tradespeople onboard for your renovations is crucial. You may have to spend a little more money than you’d have hoped, but having the experience and knowledge in your corner will mean that they’ll be prepared for every eventuality.

There are a number of problems that can arise when you start pulling walls and ceilings down. From damp and mould to uneven foundations and more, good workmen can effortless overcome these problems.

Be prepared for the length of time it will take

Renovations, both big and small, will take more time than you think. If you are planning for it to take around a month, add on a few weeks just to be safe. This is in case you come up against any of the previously mentioned issues or you’re the tradespeople’s suppliers take longer than anticipated to get materials.

No matter if you’re planning a kitchen renovation, single or multi-story extension or are adding an orangery, preparing and planning your renovation in advance is the key to a successful project.

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