When it comes to buying a property, we have to put a lot of trust in our gut instinct. This is because, for many of us, we get that special feeling when we walk through the door of our future property. It’s something that can’t be described other than having this overwhelming feeling to own that property. However, the problem is, we can’t predict exactly when we will get that reassurance. So what happens if you see a property that requires work or a full renovation? What do you do if that’s the property you have fallen in love with? You either take on the project, or you don’t.
While it may feel like a tough decision to make, initially before any work starts you may feel that renovations are not that difficult to undergo. However, it can be daunting to take on a project especially if you have no experience in renovations. This is when naivety can take hold. With that in mind, here are a few shoulds and shouldn’ts when it comes to renovating. Maybe these tips and advice might help sway your decision.
You should make sure you seek advice from an architect
If you have big plans for the place that includes changing the layout or even an extension, then make sure you seek advice from an architect. They can draw up the designs that will help you see on paper what you have envisioned. They will also do a correct drawing of plans for extensions when it comes to applying for planning permission. They know what they are doing and are well worth the money and investment. Ensuring you get the job done right the first time.
You should get as many inspections done as possible
Initially, on the surface, you may think there isn’t too much wrong. But what you can’t see could come back to haunt you throughout the renovation process. This is when you may want to think about getting experts in to conduct different inspections so that you can be more assured in your decision. Choosing a company such as one that has had home show success could be the way forward. Giving you that level of trust that results will be there for you to decipher and understand. This can also help you to be aware of other works that may need to be carried out, which might help you understand your budget and time frame a little more clearer.
You shouldn’t attempt to take on any extension work without prior permission
It may not be obvious to people who are not clued up in the property game. But most extensions to a property require planning permission. Whether that is a bedroom or ground floor living. This can be requested from your local council. There is also strict guidelines if you have happened to purchase a property that is listed. Or of special interest to the local conservation office. Do your homework before making any big changes. This is when experts in this field such as surveyors, architects and also renovation firms who may take on some of the work for you can be really beneficial.
You should make sure the property is structurally sound
To an unprofessional eye, your home may look fine. To a specialist, there may be some structure issues or problems within the foundation. This is why it’s worth calling in contractors to look into the structure. They may perhaps be able to advise what sort of level of work will be needed and give you an indication of cost and time scale.
You shouldn’t try and tackle work yourself when you are not experienced
We can all be guilty of watching those DIY programmes and thinking to ourselves “how hard can it be?” But the truth be told those professionals make those jobs look easy. When it comes to your investment, make sure you only do the jobs you are experienced in. Anything that requires work to be done structurally, anything to do with electrics and plumbing or gas should be handled by professionals in this field. Make sure you factor this into your costs.
You should take your time to get the job done right
Sometimes rushing jobs on a property can cause problems further down the line. So ensure that you take your time to ensure that a job is done properly and to the highest standard before progressing onto the next project or starting up another job in the property.
You should enjoy the process and document it
Finally, make sure you document the process from start to finish. These pictures or notes in a diary can be lovely to look back on, especially once you have completed your renovations.
Let’s hope this has you inspired to take on a renovation property.