Renovating a house is an exciting challenge that can give you the home you’ve always wanted and add value to your property if done right. However, it is a big undertaking that requires a lot of planning and hard work if you want to transform an old building successfully. When modernising a property, there’s a lot to think about.
Modernisation is a broad term that covers everything from a straightforward plaster reskim to stripping the structure back to its bare bones. So, where do you start when renovating a home?
Buying the Right Property
If you’re not already living in the house you’re planning to renovate, the first thing you need to do is find the right property. When looking for homes with renovation in mind, there are things to take into consideration that you may not think about when looking for a house that is ready to move into. Ask yourself questions like:
- Does it have outdoor space that could be extended into?
- Have the neighbouring houses had any work done, and how successful does it look?
- Does the road have a ceiling price? If so, is it going to be possible to add value with the work you do?
- Are you going to be able to get planning permission for the work you want to do on that particular property?
Buying any house is a lengthy process, and finding the perfect renovation project and take even longer. If you’re at this stage of your renovation journey, you may find yourself between homes for some time. If this is the case, consider taking advantage of a self storage facility like Smart Storage Liverpool or Smart Storage Preston.
Budgeting and Financing Your Renovation Project
How much your renovation project will cost will depend largely on the scale of the work you plan on doing and how long it will take to complete. Making a clear budgeting plan is crucial to any renovation, no matter how big or small, as you could find yourself in trouble if you don’t keep track of your finances and spend more than you have available.
Home renovations are rarely straightforward, and your budget should include a buffer to account for surprises you uncover while doing the work or unforeseen issues that could crop up. Whether you’re funding the project with savings or a bank loan, don’t commit to anything until you’ve researched all the costs and confirmed that the project is financially viable. This will include getting quotes from tradespeople, architects and any designers you’ll be using.
A Schedule of Work
A schedule of work is a list of every job that needs to be completed throughout the renovation process, in order of when those jobs need to happen. This schedule helps all the people involved in the project stay on track and complete their work at the right time. It can be arranged on an elemental basis (e.g. exterior masonry, exterior windows, interior floors, interior walls) or on a room-by-room basis.
At this point, it’s worth emptying the property if you haven’t already to protect your personal belongings from the impending disruption. By using self storage, like Smart Storage Wirral or Smart Storage Warrington, you can get a clean and secure space to store everything from ornaments to furniture.
Getting relevant consent for any work you plan on doing to a property is essential. If you’re dealing with an unconventional building, the original intended use of which wasn’t as a dwelling, you may need to apply for a change of use. If the building is listed or in a conservation area, there will be restrictions on what you can and cannot do to parts of the structure. You may not even need planning permission at all.
Obtaining planning permission can take weeks, and it can take even longer if anyone has any objections to the work. Therefore, you should factor this into any projected timeline for the project. If you’re planning on using self storage to keep everything out of the way during the project, as previously mentioned, make sure to choose a flexible provider like Smart Storage Altrincham. We can help you extend your rental period or find another suitable storage unit should the planning take longer than expected.
Work Can Begin
Once you’ve got your property, a comprehensive budget, finance in place, a schedule of works prepared, contractors arranged and planning permission has been granted, it’s time to start work. This usually begins with a site clearance to make the area safe to work on, followed by any demolition work required.
Take care to salvage anything that you could use in the future or may be useful to someone else. Even if you have no use for the old sanitaryware, kitchen cabinets or appliances, someone else might. It’s much better to reuse or recycle any parts of the house than send the waste unnecessarily to a landfill.
House renovations are one of the top reasons people consider self storage, offering a cost-effective, stress-free way to keep your belongings safe so you can focus on the project. If you’re planning a renovation in the North West and need self storage, use our handy space calculator to find out how much room you need, and when you’re ready, get a quote from Smart Storage in minutes and book your unit from the comfort of your own home.