Having renovation work done to your home can be incredibly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these useful tips to make the process as smooth as possible.
When you’re doing a renovation job, you might be tempted to do the work yourself to cut down on costs. But unless you have the right skills and experience of such jobs, that isn’t a great idea. The consequences of getting things wrong can be disastrous, so I’d always recommend using professional workers.
Doing the work alone is also very strenuous and stressful, so it’s probably worth paying up and hiring people. You can find trustworthy contractors and architects to do the work if you do your research. BSP building inspections can then be carried out on the building once it’s complete to make sure everything is in order.
Find Somewhere Else to Stay if Necessary
Living in your home (especially if you have a young family) when there’s a home renovation taking place can be very stressful. There can be a lot of dirt and grime, and the noise can be difficult to put up with. That’s why it could be a good idea to move out of the home and find somewhere else to live while the project is being completed.
You could ask to stay with a friend or family member to get away from the stress or stay in a hotel. If you do decide to stay in the property, make sure there’s an area of the house that’s not affected by the renovation work. It’s also a good idea to keep the house as clean as possible, so clean as you go along rather than doing it all at the end.
Make it Clear What You Want
Working with an architect or a team of builders is definitely the best way to go when you’re undertaking a big renovation project. But you need to make sure that they fully understand what you want them to do. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up with something that’s not what you want.
Before you even contact the professional contractors you want to use, you should discuss the designs with your partner and family. Be very clear what you want the finished project to look like. And make it clear to the people who you’re working with that you want to play an active role in the renovation.
Know the Timescale
You should be fully aware of how long the renovation project will take before the work even gets started. If you know how long that the project will take, you’ll be able to prepare accordingly, and you won’t be in for any nasty surprises. But you should make sure you make a conservative estimate of the timescale because delays can occur.
If you’re working with a team of contractors, make sure they’re open and honest with you. That way you’ll be made aware of delays and problems as soon as they emerge. There’s nothing worse than employing a team of incompetent builders who don’t keep you in the loop with regards to what’s happening.