Whether you are renovating your gym or your entire home, there are some important factors that you will need to consider first. Renovations aren’t quick or easy projects to complete, and there is always a lot of money involved. You are working on a project that already has an existing foundation, unlike if you were to build a brand new house from scratch. This can sometimes mean you will run into unforeseen risks and expenses. Taking time to consider the renovation before you start the project is key to reducing your risks and expenses and ensuring you have a successful project.
To help you get started, here are some of the most important factors that you should consider before you start your renovations.
#1 Consider your budget
Your budget is going to be the biggest driver of the project and its success. If you run into any problems, or if you run out of money, then the whole project is going to come to a stop. It is therefore important that you cost the project properly, seek professional advice and quotations, and plan for risks.
You should start by getting a surveyor into your property to check the foundations and structure of your home. This is often one of the biggest risks and delays that renovation projects face because they only focus on the changes and new furnishings. Check things like the foundations, the electrics, the pipework and the plumbing. You then have a more accurate idea of the work that needs completing, the budget you will need to save for, and the support you will need. You can also look for contractors to suit your budget, such as an affordable plumber.
#2 Be practical
You should be realistic and make sure that you and your family are fully prepared for the renovations. Depending on what you are having done, where in the house the work is being completed, and how long it is going to take, you are going to experience some disruption. In some cases, this disruption may extend to your sleeping patterns, your living space, your kitchen and your bathroom. You should ensure you have the space, time and capacity to live in your home while renovations are going on, or you should find yourself and your family temporary accommodation, to limit disruptions. If this is the route you take, you will need to factor this into your budget.
#3 Obtain the right permits
One of the biggest barriers and delays that most renovation projects face is permits. You should check with your local authority what rules and regulations you are required to follow when completing any building work, and ensure you remain compliant. You should also make sure that you obtain any permits and licenses for the renovations, as well as the work your contractors are completing. It can be a complicated and timely process, so make sure you do research and start the applications in advance. This will ensure your project can go ahead as planned.
Renovations are a big undertaking. Make sure you are fully prepared so you don’t waste any time or money.