Thursday, 21 March 2019

5 Things To Do Before Starting Your Home Improvement Project

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There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to commit to a home improvement project.

If you are thinking about selling your home in the future, you might want to make a few changes to your property to add to the resale value. Or if your home isn't currently fit for a specific purpose, you might want to make some additions and alterations, adding eco-friendly features for example, for world-saving and money-saving, or, as we suggested in a previous article, making over a particular room in your house, such as turning your living room into a giving room. However, before embarking on your project, there are a few things you need to do in advance. Preparation, as they say, is everything!

#1: Think about what you want

It's no good starting a home improvement project on a whim, or with half baked ideas. Whether you're renovating alone or with the aid of a building contractor, you need to have a concrete plan in mind. Otherwise, you might change your mind half way through the project, and that will mean you have wasted both time and money. So, look online for inspiration, flip through a few home decor magazines, and record a few home design shows on your TV. When you have gained a few ideas, you will then be able to research them with a view into turning them into a reality.

#2: Crunch the numbers

After thinking about what you want from your home improvement project, you need to make sure you can afford to bring your ideas into fruition. If not, you might have to wait a while, giving you the scope to save your money until you are ready, or you might reassess your plans, perhaps opting for something less extravagant than your original idea. Of course, if money is an issue, you could look for ways to fund your project. Many banks offer home improvement loans, so shop around for the best rates of interest. If you get turned down for a loan, perhaps because you have bad credit, don't despair! Commit to finding a bad credit secured loan for your plans, but ensure you have the spending power to pay back any money owed.

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#3: Book a consultation

You have the plans, and you might have the money to start your project, but you still need to do a reality check. Book a consultation with a contractor, architect, and/or home interior expert to see if your ideas are feasible for your property. They might advise against something, especially if there is a risk of structural damage, or if the costs are going to be higher than you expected, so listen to the advice given. After speaking with them, you can either go ahead with your plans if it is safe and financially viable to do so, or you can alter your plans, perhaps starting again with the thinking and planning process.

#4: Check your calendar

Don't rush ahead with your plans until you know the timing is right. If your kids are in exam season, for example, you might want to hold back on your project, so their studies aren't interrupted by the noise and chaos of renovation. You might have a vacation booked too, so you might want to wait until after you have been away, so you don't have two expensive things happening in your life at the same time. And you might have guests booked to stay with you, so you might want to timetable the renovation project before or after their stay, so as to not make their time with you an uncomfortable one. Think about it, and when you find a clear window, consider the next point.

#5: Research the professionals

To save money on your home improvement project, there are some jobs you can probably do yourself. You might have skills with a paintbrush for example, and when it comes to wallpapering, your talents may be second-to-none. However, when it comes to more extensive building work, as well as issues around the plumbing and electrics, you should probably think against doing it yourself. You might make a spectacular bodge-up of the jobs required, and that can be calamitous to your health, your home, and your finances. Therefore, research the professionals needed for the jobs at hand, using the advice given here to help you find the best people for the job. From asking for references to checking their prices, you do need to put the work in before hiring somebody for the jobs you need them to do, as you don't want to hire any dodgy traders for the work at hand.

And so...

After going through each step, your home renovation project can commence. Hoorah! We hope it goes well, whatever it is you decide to do!

Thanks for reading.

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