Renovating for the first time but don’t know where to start? This step by step guide will help you through the process, helping to ease renovation headaches and support you with preparations.
Most projects start with a phone call to the designer or architect in order to discuss your goals and vision for the property. Although you want to keep costs down, a designer is needed if you are intending to make structural changes to the house. From there you will begin sharing with them exactly what you want to achieve and your budget. Design plans will then be put on paper to submit for approval.
Making changes to the exterior or structural facets of your home will require approval from your local council. Your council will provide you with a check list of what to provide them including the design plans. However, be sure to check with your local council before any internal or external works start to make sure you are within regulations.
Once the changes are approved by the council, the designer will prepare detailed drawings that illustrate the exact measurements of the changes being made. At this stage you can also confirm smaller details like paint colour and door handles etc.
Before construction begins, some demolition usually needs to take place. Keep in mind that when knocking down existing areas; water, gas and electricity need to be cut off. Once you have cleared the space, construction can begin. Depending on the scale of the renovations, you may need to move out of the house during this time. After construction is complete the house is locked up, and the last finishing touches are finalised.
The changes are complete and your house is now looking and feeling fresh. This may be a great time to have the house valued to see how much the renovations have improved the market value of the property.
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