What to consider when renovating your home

We know that choosing to renovate your home is a big decision. We also know that having renovations done is a stressful experience for even the calmest of people.

It can be tempting to skip ahead to the more exciting parts of renovating your home such as choosing new paint colours and fittings. However, in order for your renovations to go smoothly, there are a few things you need to consider before you get started.

Consider your budget

The most important part of any renovation  planning is to have a budget set out. Your budget should be realistic and needs to encompass all the materials you require for your renovations as well as the fees of the service providers you need to complete the project.

Your budget should include any expenses that may be involved, such as eating out while your kitchen is being renovated or for a staying in a hotel for a night or two if necessary.

Whilst making every effort to stick to a strict budget is important, it is also vital that you leave a little wiggle room. This would be for any unforeseen expenses and issues that may arise along the way. Make sure you are financially prepared for the process by budgeting for things that may go wrong or extra work that may be needed. We recommend adding about 10% to 20% of your overall budget to prepare for the unexpected.

Consider your schedule and timeline

Another integral part of your home renovation plan is to have a stringent schedule in place, to prevent chaos and ensure everything gets completed in a timely manner. For example, you will have various contractors overlapping, materials and appliances being delivered, and you will need to continue living around the renovations.

You should draw up your schedule in conjunction with the teams you are hiring to renovate for you.

Take a look at your calendar to determine the date you would like the renovations to be completed and work backwards from that date. Don’t forget, though, to be realistic. Certain aspects of your renovation may take longer than you expect. Just like you did with your budget, be sure to leave wiggle room in your schedule for things that may go wrong.

Consider your architectural design plans

Something that will have a big impact on creating your budget and schedule is your architectural designer’s plans for your renovations. The plans that you will need to have drawn up for your renovations will take care of all the aspects of your build as well as your application. This will then indicate how much you’re going to need to spend, and you can start to get an idea of how long everything will take.

At Plan It, we know that doing renovations, such as adding an extension to your home , is an investment and that you want it done right. That’s why we provide modern, considered extension plans designed to maximise value in every way. Our designers will collaborate closely with you to find a solution that fits your property, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Having your home surveyed and plans drawn up for your renovations is essential. Contact us for a free consultation to get your renovation planning underway.