Things to consider when you’re renovating your home

Thinking of installing a new kitchen? Giving your living room a new look? Or updating the bathroom tiles? Renovating your home can be exciting but also a bit intimidating. There is a lot of planning involved and many things to consider. There are things that you should be aware of that could cause you problems in the long run. Here are some of the most important ones:

Have the changes been approved?

Legally, not all renovations are possible. Make sure that you can make the changes that you want to, especially if you’re hoping to add on an extension. In this case there are certain rules that you must follow, such as building the extension to a certain height. If you are planning to extend the building on the side, it can only be a “single storey with a maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building”, Homebuilding explains in an article on the topic. Taking advantage of Permitted Development (PD) may give you more options. Special rules apply to houses that are located in National Parks or Conservation Areas.

Make sure your budget is large enough to cover everything

Make sure you’ve included everything you might need for the renovation in your budget. Aside from the actual construction work, you may need to factor in costs by electricians or plumbers in case anything goes wrong.

Things to consider

It’s often the small details that people forget when planning a renovation. If you are thinking about adding another bathroom to the property, you may need a different type of gas boiler. Gas boilers also vary depending on other factors, such as the water pressure and the radiator system. If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, make sure the new design is functional and you can easily and conveniently reach the refrigerator, stove and sink. Hiring a skilled electrician to ensure that no electrical work is neglected can also be helpful.

Will the improvements actually help/add value to the property?

Experts recommend, to spend about 10 to 15 percent of the value of your home on one room. This is to ensure that the value of the property doesn’t drop due to the costs you spent on the renovation. Certain changes could add to the value and make it easier to sell your house for a good price in the future, such as converting your garage into a living room.

Others don’t add as much. Surprisingly, one of these is a swimming pool. In an interview with Homes & Gardens, Heather Barrigan explains that ‘while a swimming pool is a standout feature that anyone would love, they’re actually so expensive despite such a low return investment, with installation costs up to $90,000/£60,000 more’. An additional factor is the rainy weather in England. According to Heather ‘it’s an especially bad investment for properties in England, as the weather isn’t exactly the best for a day by the pool.’

What are some common mistakes that people make when renovating?

While enhancing their home many people focus on making the interior design shine. Unfortunately, all too often people neglect the practical aspects of a room. Furthermore, if too many new trends are followed, the house could end up losing some of it’s value in the future, especially if the trend is no longer considered desirable. Also, it’s important not to forget to plan everything carefully, before you go furniture shopping. This way you will avoid any mistakes or making purchases that you don’t end up using.

If you plan your new home improvement/interior design carefully, you should soon have a brand-new living space that you love very soon.