Deciding to renovate your home is one of the biggest decisions you can make as a home owner.
While giving your home a fresh lick of paint or a new feature rug may be a relatively painless process, a wholescale renovation – whether an extension or other large-scale work like a conservatory – has a whole host of pitfalls to negotiate.
Below are some of the ways you can help ensure your dream renovation project doesn’t become a nightmare.
Do your research
Many people love the idea of renovating their home but it may not be the best solution for a lot of people. You may have grand ideas about a large extension but is it really practical for your needs? Will it actually add value to your home?
Another consideration that can often get lost in the initial excitement is the disruption it can cause in the short term. Having a house full of builders and dust sheets for weeks isn’t many people’s cup of tea. Ensure you are prepared for the initial disruption before moving along with your idea.
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Seek recommendations from friends and family
If you do decide to progress your idea beyond the daydreaming phase, a good first step is to seek the advice of friends and family.
Are they happy with their own renovation decisions? Is there anything they would have done differently?
The recommendations of trusted people close to you gives you an unbiased view of the process and allows you to make an informed decision about what is best for you and your home.
Trust the advice of experts
While the advice of friends and family is a great starting point, there is nothing that can compare to advice from trusted experts.
While it’s important to have your own ideas about any renovations – it is your home after all! – you need to be open to the ideas and reservations of experts in the field.
If they feel your grand design should be scaled back or what you have envisaged isn’t quite right for your property, then take on board their feedback and be prepared to compromise in order to get things right.
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Technology is your friend
There is also some brilliant and easy-to-use tech available to give you an idea of what is right for your home, whether you’re after a loft extension or new conservatory
For example, the Everest Conservatory Designer App is fully interactive and lets you design your dream conservatory in a range of styles, materials and glazing options.
Even more impressively, it allows you to upload an image of your home and see exactly how the conservatory looks on your home, giving you a great insight into the size and style of conservatory you need.
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Make extensive plans and timelines
Once you have decided to go through with your renovation, it’s important to know the full facts.
Speak to the person or company who are carrying out the work to ensure you know everything that needs to be done, how long it should take and any issues you may encounter along the way.
Everest Home Improvements aim to begin installing your conservatory within six weeks of the order being placed, but for other installers or renovations, it may take longer.
Make sure you know exactly how long things will take so you can be prepared and make any necessary arrangements to make the process as painless as possible.
And once all that’s done, all that’s left is for you to sit back and watch the transformation take place!
For more tips and inspiration, browse our homes and interiors articles.