The ultimate guide to renovation

The ultimate guide to renovation

Whether you’re keen to find a diamond in the rough and unearth some of its gorgeous original features or you just want to put your stamp on a property, renovation offers up a world of opportunity.

But that isn’t to say it’s all smooth sailing. You may encounter delays, dodgy suppliers and spiralling costs that can take enjoyment away from your renovation experience. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to renovation designed to help you overcome the setbacks and find joyful moments during every part of the journey.

Use online ideas to get inspired

Every successful renovation starts with the spark of an idea. So before you plunge into purchasing a property, it’s essential to soak up some inspiration online so you can develop a clear vision.

Sites such as Pinterest are great for gathering inspiration images, tutorials and ideas which you can curate into an online mood board. This can be handy when you need to explain a specific feature to a builder or you’re ready to decorate your new property.

It’s also a great idea to go behind the scenes of real renovations so you can build up a clear and honest picture of what the renovation process is like. Instagram is a wonderful destination to find fellow renovators as it’s packed with some stunning renovation journey accounts.

You can also follow along with hashtags such as #renovationproject, #homereno and #renovationlife – or even start your own account so you can become part of the community.

Find the right property

There are lots of good renovation guides and renovation tips to be found online, but it’s all about what feels right for you. You may want to add some personality to a period property, renovate an unusual building such as a barn or an old church or build something modern from the ground up. The possibilities are endless.

Start your journey by booking in some time to look around potential renovation sites. And remember – when visiting properties, don’t be put off by things such as cracks or damp. But at the same time be realistic about what you can achieve. You may also want to attend house auctions where you can snap up some really great finds.

At this stage, it’s always good to get guidance from an expert. Surveyors, solicitors, financial advisors and even your friend who’s a builder can all help you make the right investment. So take your time, do your research and get everything checked out before you sign on the dotted line.

Put together a schedule of work

When it comes to renovation, organisation is everything. Once you’ve selected a property, of the first steps you take should be to decide on a timescale. Is this project going to take years? Or do you want to be enjoying your new space by next Christmas? Consider all your options, then get some dates in the diary. Exciting stuff.

Next, it’s time to plan a schedule of work. Every schedule of work should be bespoke to your project but a typical schedule of work may feature dates for major building works, admin deadlines and of course, setting a date to move in. To keep things simple you may want to work with a handy schedule of work template like this one from renovation experts Build It.

Be proactive with problem solving

Everything can be planned out to the last detail, but renovations can often experience delays and unforeseen issues that can slow things down. Therefore make sure you include plenty of wiggle room in terms of timescales and allocate extra budget so you can deal with issues straightaway while keeping on top of costs.

When renovating, it’s always best to maintain a practical, proactive approach and embrace every unexpected bump or setback as part of the process. Remember, it will all be worth it when you step into your completed property. Ahh, bliss… 

Get advice from experts at trade shows

There’s no way around it, renovations involve lots of late night internet searches and endless scrolling. But what if there was a better way to discover new products and get advice? This is where renovation trade shows come in. They’re often the best places to meet with experts, find suppliers and take a look at some fresh ideas.

There really is nothing better than getting friendly advice face-to-face and experiencing live demonstrations of products designed to complete your renovation perfectly. So if you’re embarking on a renovation or are ready to add some luxury finishes touches, pay us a visit at a renovation event next year. And get all the advice you need to make your renovation a success.

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