6 Steps to Think Through Before a Home Renovation in London
Renovating your home has many advantages compared to buying a new one.
Some parts of your home will deteriorate over time. It can take up your time and energy to fix reoccurring problems; besides, you are jeopardising your health and safety.
On the other hand, if you plan to sell your property in the future, a renovation can significantly increase the property value.
Nonetheless, your home is your haven. You should feel comfortable and stress-free there.
So here are the 6 main steps you should think through before you start your London renovation!
1. Consider the Whys
Renovating your home is an appealing idea and goes through everyone’s mind from time to time. Before you start knocking down walls, you should think through the reasons why you want to redo your home.
Is the current layout no longer suitable for your family? Is your home looking rundown? Tired or outdated? Is your goal to make your home more energy efficient? More high-end?
When you are thinking through these questions, you should also decide whether you need a complete home renovation or you should focus on specific areas of your home.
Set your goals, and let’s get the project started!
2. Start Googling
When you have set the goals and have a clear picture of what types of work you want to get done in your home, start looking for similar projects and collecting pictures of interiors you like, and you can start creating mood boards on Pinterest.
We also recommend getting familiar with costs and the process of home renovation.
3. Contact the Experts
The first step is to look for local renovation companies, look at their portfolios, and review and testimonials. Then, think through the following questions: Do they offer the type of services you are looking after? Are you satisfied with their projects?
If you are looking for the most stress less solution, we advise you to contact a design and build construction company for a truly turnkey experience.
4. Meet Face-to-Face or on Zoom
When you have a list of companies you are interested in, book a consultation with them. They will visit your project site, and you can have the first face-to-face discussion about your ideas.
They will provide you with useful advice on your project and consider if your plans are feasible. Even if you end up doing the renovation by yourself, consulting with an expert is highly advisable.
5. Decide on Project Management
This can go two ways: either you will manage your project or a project manager. If you sign up with a design and build company, they will likely assign a project manager to your project, making the process more stress-free and cost-effective.
If you have a significant amount of time and advanced knowledge in building and construction, you can take control of your project. However, this could turn your projects very stressful; you will need to manage multiple trades, lead the communication between different parties and keep your project on schedule and budget.
6. Concept, Budget, Decisions
If you are satisfied with the company you picked, the decision making can start. You have to sit down and talk through your ideas with the builders in depth. They will provide you with concept drawings and cost estimates.
You can still make adjustments at this stage of the process to meet both your budget and needs.
You also have to decide whether you stay in the building during renovation or find a temporary accommodation.
Think about the reasons why you need a home renovation.
Start searching for companies and similar projects.
Research the best companies in your area and contact them.
Meet experts on-site to discuss the details of your project.
Decide if you need a project manager assigned for your project.
Talk through your ideas with the builders and make adjustments.
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