Home renovation can be an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved. You’re finally taking action to help turn your home into the place that you’ve always dreamed of living. Unfortunately, for many people the situation can also quickly prove both stressful and costly in equal measure – especially if you’ve fallen into the trap of one of a few disastrous mistakes that people seem to make over and over again. If you want to make sure that your home renovation goes off without a hitch, there are a few key issues that you’ll want to do your best to avoid.
A Plan (or Lack Thereof)
Just as you would never build a new house without a plan, you can never enter into a home renovation project without one, either. Say you wanted to renovate your kitchen – your first instinct should never just be to go down to the local hardware store and start spending money. You need to put your time in and do your research – go online and look at certain styles and trends that you may like and begin to do your due diligence regarding pricing and materials. If you ever begin a home renovation project without a plan, you’ll quickly find yourself spending a lot more money than you wanted to and you’ll be no closer to a finished product at the same time.
Rules and Regulations
You should never, under any circumstances, begin a home renovation project without first checking with the local government to make sure that you’re aware of all the latest rules and regulations governing this activity. If you’ve lived in the home for a long period of time, rules may have changed since you unpacked the first box. If you’re planning on making major structural modifications, for example, check on the latest building regulations. Do you need planning permission at all? You’ll never know unless you ask. Chances are rare that you’d need permission for a new kitchen, but many graded older buildings have strict rules concerning changing external details like windows for example.
Failure to do so could result in a finished product that violates local ordinances, which would mean that you have to spend even more money undoing any modifications that you made to essentially get yourself right back where you started.
At Fowles, we’re proud to act as your trusted partner for all of your home renovation needs. Regardless of the size, scope and complexity of your project, we’re here to help. Take a look at our rotating stable of weekly auctions to help score incredible discounts over retail on a wide range of different materials that you’ll need when renovating your home. We offer everything from carpet to timber and everything in between and also have a wide range of home renovator auctions for you to choose from depending on your needs. Our team of professionals can also discuss your objectives with you directly and help you develop a plan of action that will let you take your dreams and turn them into a reality in the easiest and most efficient way possible.