Things to Think About When Carrying Out Your Own Home Renovations
Home improvements have become vastly more popular in recent years, with a recent report showing a 12% increase in demand in 2020 alone. There are a number of factors, from a growing housing market to an increased expectation for the quality of life, but ultimately more and more people are looking at their homes to see what they can do with them.
Whether it’s an extension or creating a shell of a house into a comfy, warm home, house renovations are a huge job that involves a lot of work. Some opt to get the experts in and spend part of their budget building a team to tackle the job. Others, especially those with some DIY skills under their tool belt, may feel like they’re able to take on the task themselves. If you’re one of those people, and you currently have intentions of renovating your home yourself, what should you think about ahead of getting started?
The Project Plan
This is the most important thing for you to have a comprehensive understanding of before you make any concrete preparations for your home renovation. Your project plan will dictate exactly what renovations are being carried out, from room to room. This will keep you focused on the tasks at hand, and save you from getting side-tracked by projects or repairs not initially on your list – which will, in turn, keep you on track and within budget. Your plan should also have a reasonable timescale for the completion of your renovations, with an order and structure to each part of your renovation project. This way you can keep to a schedule, and also ensure there are always parts of your home still liveable while work is carried out.
Your next consideration should be if you’ll be making use of any extra pairs of hands for your renovations. If they are minimal, and amount to simple kitchen unit replacements, flooring, and decoration work, you may want to keep costs down and carry them out yourself. However, for more involved or larger-scale projects, you may want to enlist help. This could either be in the form of family and friends happy to pitch in or from licensed contractors, which represent a more significant chunk of your renovation budget.
If you’re looking to expand your team with a professional construction team, you’ll need to make sure that you are choosing the right one for you. Dedicating some of your time to researching local contractors will ensure that you end up with a team that will perform well, not eat into your budget, and help your vision come to life quickly and efficiently. A few ways you can ensure you’re working with the right firm is to check their website, read through their reviews, look through their previous work and even sit down and have a chat with them first to get a good idea of what you can expect.
Tools and Equipment
With a concrete idea of exactly what work you’ll be carrying out, and how many people you will need to help you carry it out, your next thoughts should be on the tools and equipment you’ll need. You may already have a collection of tools for around-the-house repairs, but for major works – such as demolition work or major alterations to floors and ceilings – you may need larger power tools. Make a list of the tools you may need, and decide whether you will rent or buy them. Either way, you will also be needing safety equipment to operate said tools – from N95 masks for dust filtration to eye goggles to protect you from debris and tool breakages. Always make sure that amongst your safety equipment, you’re also making sure that you’ve got a fully stocked first aid kit to hand, just so any accidents can be resolved quickly.
Another important piece of equipment you may need for your renovation is a generator – especially if your works require the shutting off of mains electricity, such as in the installation of lighting, outlets, and ground to a new extension or conversion. Investing in a generator allows you to power lights even when there is no electricity, meaning you can continue to work in darker hours and stick to your schedule as a result.
Budget and Building Supplies
Additionally, you will need to tie everything together with your budget, which could differ depending on your plans. The renovations might be in service of selling your home, in which case they would represent a return of interest greater than your initial expenditure. If you are renovating in order to stay in your home, you may have different motivations – either to keep the budget down and work overtime or to spare no expense for the renovation of your dreams. Whichever you choose, the materials with which you complete your renovations could be the biggest factor in influencing your budget. Give some serious thought to the materials you’ve chosen; for a lower budget, you might switch a black marble kitchen worktop for a veneered alternative, or recycle existing decking in order to build a new patio space.
Your Own Home Renovations
To work sustainably, and to save yourself some money, there are plenty of online platforms out there – like Facebook Market Place or Gumtree – that you can use to source second-hand or leftover materials. This way, you may even find bits and pieces that were once out of your budget to be extremely cheap, just because they’re classed as leftovers from someone else’s project.
Taking it upon yourself to renovate your own house is a huge job. But when approached in the right way, at the end of your work you can successfully look back at a job well done and be left with a home that is a true reflection of you. Of course both the pros and cons always need to be taken on board when deciding whether you’re going to take on a big job such as this, but by taking on our advice and carefully thinking things through, you’ll be able to rest easy in the home you yourself made possible.
Thank you for reading!