Home renovations are becoming increasingly commonplace, however, choosing to undertake major changes to your home is by no means a minor decision. They require a whole lot of time and planning as well as financial investment. However, there are certain things that you can do to make the process as simple as possible. The most important, perhaps, is to make sure that you know who to contact at every point of your intended project. Here are just a few professionals you should contact and engage with throughout the process!
Your Local Government
Most local governments have planning policies in place that determine whether you will or will not be granted permission to renovate your property in any given way. Certain small changes to a property that don’t have any effect on its structure or outer appearance won’t need permission or council approval, but it’s always best to be safe than sorry, as unpermitted changes will have to be reversed later and may even be fined. Any renovation that alters your property’s services (such as gas, electric, drainage or plumbing) will require approval as well as inspection from a relevant authority once the work has been carried out.
A surprising number of people decide to renovate their home and take their project straight to builders. However, you should always consult an architect before actually carrying any work out. An architects role in home renovations is to visualise how your intended changes to your property might affect its structure, style, and overall aesthetic. While builders can make sure that your intended renovation is safe, an architect will ensure that your property will still have sufficient natural light after the changes have been carried out and that there will still be sufficient room for you to live comfortably, as well as taking any special considerations that you might have into account.
An Estate Agent
Many of us plan to carry out renovations in order to increase the value of our property, rather than to make the property more appealing for ourselves. You will often find people extending their property, updating the kitchen, or adding a conservatory when they want to make their property more appealing on the market in order to get a better price when they sell up. If this is the case, you should consult an estate agent who will be able to value your property as it is and then predict a value should you carry out your planned work. This will help you to weigh up whether the project is worth your time and investment. If the renovation will significantly increase your property’s value, go ahead. However, if the final value only just covers the costs of the work carried out, you might want to give the work a miss.
While you may feel impatient and want to get your work carried out as quickly as possible, you really should take your time and ensure that everything is completed properly and to a high standard. So, make sure to contact all of the individuals above before getting started!