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Four Reasons To Renovate The Bathroom

Home renovations are a big deal, as they’re your shot at upgrading and redoing the areas of your home that you’re not so proud of having. It can seem like a costly and time-consuming task, and sometimes it can be, but there are so many more reasons to renovate than there is not to do it! You are going to live through a little bit of upheaval, but with the right planning, you can make your bathroom upgrade one that is worth it.

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How To Improve Your Home Without Tearing Your Hair Out

The moment we want to improve our homes, millions of questions seem to spring from the ether. Which room should you start first? What’s your budget? What’s your deadline? Should you really be improving this room when that one hasn’t been completed? What about that upcoming vacation, can you really fit it in before then? How do you find a good contractor after your last bad experience? The building is getting pretty old, are you sure that new work won’t override the rustic character that helps this home stay unique? Read the full story

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Maximise Space in Your Home with a Renovation

When you choose to renovate your home, you usually have a specific purpose in mind. Maybe you just want to update your property so it’s more modern or so you can make it look like new again. However, many people choose to renovate because they want to make better use of the space that they have. You might have a smaller home, or you could have plenty of space, but you’re not sure that you’re using it in the most economical way. If you want to make better use of the space that you have, renovating can help to open up your home or even just help it to look bigger. Read the full story

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Your Need To Know Tips Before Renovating Your Home

Making the decision to expand or renovate your home is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Do your homework and diligently research before deciding which contractor to hire. Price is often a factor but it should not be a defining one when deciding to build your dream home. Your home, is somewhere where you spend copious amounts of time and it’s important that your space is well put together, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly safe. The repercussions of poor construction and shoddy workmanship may be something that can cost you more than you have bargained for and can be avoided if you take the proper steps to make sure you are choosing the best person for the job. To help your contractor provide the best possible service, have a clear understanding of what you want the end result to look like, what your budget is and your non-negotiables. Read the full story

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating Your Home

Planning some home improvements? Here are five mistakes to avoid to ensure that your renovation project is a success.

Not having a strict budget

Getting into lots of debt could cause you to regret your renovation project rather than being proud of it. Try to keep to a tight budget – if you take out a loan, make sure that it’s something you’ve planned for in advance. Having a budget will also urge you to find ways to cut costs such as shopping around for contractors and materials, rather than accepting the first quote you get.

Not hiring professionals

There are a lot of jobs that can be DIYed, but it’s important to know your limits to avoid doing something potentially dangerous. Electrics and gas plumbing are two jobs generally best left in the hands of professionals. Similarly, you may want to get professionals to carry out jobs such as installing windows and knocking down interior walls. Hiring professionals can be more expensive, but it can ensure that the job is done properly.

Not getting planning permission

Planning permission isn’t required for all improvements, however if you’re hoping to build outwards such adding an extension or raising the roof it could be wise to check. If you don’t get planning permission and decide to go ahead anyway, your local planning committee may order you to revert your home back to how it was if they find out. You will have to pay to get it reverted back on top of the costs that you paid to install it in the first place, making it a huge waste of money.

Not considering the neighbours

On top of getting planning permission, you may also want to consider how your neighbours may feel about the project. It’s good manner to warn them, just in case of the noise. It’s possible that you may be able to use less noisy alternatives such as non-destructive excavation as opposed to regular excavation. On top of the noise, you’ll want to ensure that your renovation project doesn’t invade on their privacy or block out the sun to their garden as is common with some extensions.

Not considering the ROI

It’s worth also considering the ROI (return on investment). Many renovations can add value to a home – for example, converting your attic into a bedroom could help to add value by giving your home an extra bedroom. Other renovations however may deduct value from your home such as painting your walls a controversial colours like pink or getting rid of a bedroom. It’s important to the ROI if you plan to sell up in the future. As well as the impact on your home’s value, you may also want to consider the impact your renovation has on your home’s energy efficiency. Adding insulation could help to cut your home’s energy bills, potentially making you future savings.

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