How to Plan for Your Renovation
Renovating your home is a big decision. Even if you only plan to renovate a part of it, perhaps the bathroom or the kitchen, it’s a huge endeavour and one that will cost money and take a lot of time. The majority of people who do a renovation refuse to ever try another because it was so difficult.
If you wish to avoid the home renovation hell that so many people go through, you’ll need to take the time to plan it all out. With a proper plan in mind, you can ensure that your renovation goes as smoothly as possible, though there’s no way to anticipate all the possible issues.
Create a Budget
Every project needs a budget to keep it on track. You can talk to the contractors to determine roughly what the cost will be, but often this needs to be adjusted throughout the project. Expect to pay around £6,000 – £10,000 for a bathroom renovation and £7,000 – £15,000 for a kitchen renovation.
Whatever your budget is, be sure to add around 10% as a buffer. This will be the money you can use when things go wrong or something unexpected comes up.
Organise Your Paperwork and Applications
Before anything else, you need to know what permissions you require. This will depend on the scope of the project.
In most cases, if you don’t change the actual footprint of the building, you won’t require permission. However, if the renovation requires electrical work or structural work, it’s highly likely you will.
Keep in mind that under permitted development, you can work on:
- Single storey extensions
- Loft conversions
- Parking spaces
- Decks and patios
The simplest way to know whether or not you need a permit is to talk to the local council to find out. Show them the plan for your renovation and they will let you know if you have to apply for planning permission.
Once you know exactly which permits you need, take the time to fill out the application. You want to be sure everything is in place for the actual renovation, so this has to be done early on.
Set Up Your Design
Whether you’re making your own design or having an architect do it for you, it’s a good idea to get the design all set up. This will help you with the next step in the plan.
Look at the design and determine what needs to be done. Will you be taking out walls? Building new ones? What will stay and what will go? This is all-important as you plan out your renovation. Keep in mind that you may wish to keep things like doors and windows, even if you plan to move them.
Create a Work Schedule
The next step is to build up your schedule. Everyone knows that no renovation schedule goes as planned but having a solid schedule with everything that needs to be done will help keep you on track as you go about the work.
To do this correctly, you’ll want to take the time to list out every single job that needs to be done, from prying up tiles to pulling out cupboards and taking down trim. This all counts as a job and even the smallest ones should be included in your list.
Most renovation projects proceed as follows:
- Strip out everything
- Remove floors, walls, cabinets, etc.
- Complete structural work
- Start fix work such as plumbing and wiring
- Do the plastering
- Install floor
- Complete fix work
- Fit out the space with counters, sinks, etc.
- Paint and decorate
Once you have the list complete, it’s time to make a realistic schedule. Print out a calendar or use an online one and carefully add each task to the date you plan to start on it. This is an important part of the entire process since you must be realistic. Leave extra time for things like opening up walls, as this is when you are likely to find the biggest setbacks and challenges.
You will also need to tentatively schedule any electricians, plumbers, etc. that you need. Leave yourself a bit of time before scheduling them in so you can be sure that the other work will be finished. If there is a setback, you want to have space on your schedule to fix it.
If you are working with renovation contractors, be sure to discuss your desired schedule with them so you are all clear on what needs to be done. The contractor may also help you with some ideas on how to shorten the schedule or may add in some jobs that you hadn’t thought of.
Create Access to the Property
If your renovation requires any type of heavy machinery, you need to plan ahead for this. Make sure you not only have access to the property where they need to be but take precautions to avoid damage to the land. If you have a lovely garden, a large piece of machinery may impact it negatively. Take the time to move things out of the way.
You may also want to lay down planks to help prevent the tyres from digging into your lawn. There are other options, as well, so talk to the equipment operator to determine what the best choice is to avoid too much damage.
If need be, notify neighbours if they will be affected by the machinery. If you are only doing internal renovations, you won’t need to worry about any of this.
Start Calling the Experts
Now it’s time to contact the experts that you’ll be working with and have them scheduled. Since many contractors are booked for weeks or even months ahead, you may need to adjust your schedule a bit to accommodate them.
All of this should be done in advance so you know exactly what you are getting into. This will also allow you to schedule each expert as and when they’re needed.
When you know that you have everyone necessary ready to show up as needed, you can begin to order your supplies. You should have a good idea of what is necessary, thanks to your list of tasks. If you need anything specialty, such as custom made tiles or windows, then it is best to order these quite early.
If you will be ordering items like countertops, always check your measurements. There’s nothing like having the wrong size arrive and then you have to put the entire project on hold and cancel contractors because you need to wait for it to be redone. It can be quite frustrating.
Plan for the Unexpected
Renovations never go as planned. There will always be something to go wrong, whether it’s a contractor cancelling at the last minute or the wrong number of tiles being ordered. You should give yourself a little extra time to ensure you are able to resolve the situation before the next task on your list.
It’s also important to realise that there will be problems. You cannot escape them, so remember to be calm when they happen. These are setbacks that you expected to happen, so you can relax, knowing that they will be resolved. Focus on the solution, rather than worrying about how much time it will take to fix the issue.
You can only plan for so long before you have to just get the job done. It’s time to start in with your renovation, beginning with your schedule and working your way through the list. It will take some time, as all renovations do, but the end result will be a much better home.
If you’ve planned ahead well enough, even the usual setbacks and problems won’t stop you from moving forward. It’s all about having patience and making certain that you just keep going. Solve the issues as they arise and remember that you have a team of people to help you. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for advice from your contractors. After all, they have the experience necessary to figure things out.
Now that you’ve learned to plan your renovation, it’s time to make it a reality. At James Dunn Roofing, we don’t just offer roofing services, we also help out with making your dreams come true. Contact us today to get help on your renovation idea. We’re waiting to hear from you.