Renovating a house, be it to sell on or create the home of your dreams, is a gratifying experience. That said, it’s not without its complications.

That’s why it’s always best to be prepared. We’ve made this list of essential things for you to do before renovating a house so that you can begin your project without getting caught out along the way.

If you’re planning to renovate a house in the Southwest, feel free to contact us today to speak with a trusted building surveyor in Cornwall.

Do I Need a Building Survey?

While not essential for renovations, it is highly recommended that you get a building survey done of the property before you make any plans for renovations.

A building survey will highlight any issues with the house, such as:

  • If there is any damp or rot.
  • If you need a new roof.
  • If there is any structural movement.

All of these things can significantly impede your plans to renovate and could end up costing you a small fortune to repair.

A house interior in the middle of being renovated

How Much Do Renovations Cost?

While a building survey is an excellent start to helping you decide your renovation plans, they usually cannot give you an idea of what it’ll cost to renovate. This will mainly be due to your personal tastes and the contractors you decide to work with.

There are multiple things to consider when planning a budget for renovations. These include:

  • Do you need new electrics?
  • Do you need new heating systems?
  • Do you need new windows?

All of these things are essential in any home and can cost upwards of a few thousand pounds each to sort for a typical three-bedroom home.

How Soon Can I Start Renovating?

Renovating a house, especially one you plan to live in yourself, is an exciting time, and it’s understandable to want to start work as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean it’s the best course of action.

If you pause before you start the renovation, you can give yourself time to thoroughly prepare and provide you with time to get to know the house. Use this time to learn which rooms get the best natural light, what rooms you gravitate towards, and what rooms don’t need as much work.

Once you know this, you can plan accordingly. Besides, it’s unlikely that any builder or tradespeople you want to work with will be available immediately, so don’t feel the need to rush.

How Long Do Renovations Take?

Depending on the size of the house you’re renovating and the level of work required, renovations may take anywhere between a few weeks to over a year. This is why you need to make a realistic timeline or schedule for the work that needs doing.

Don’t try and do everything at once; start with one room and then work from there. Otherwise, the entire process can become chaotic with overlapping tradespeople, and things are likely to get missed.

Expect the Unexpected

Not everything can go right all of the time.

Houses have secrets, and sometimes the only way to find them is to really, really dig. You may be all ready to lay down your new hard flooring, only to find them uneven because of a shifted centre joist. This can throw a lot of plans out of action and delay work.

While this can’t be avoided, it can be remedied. Try to allow spare time just in case something goes awry, and put aside some of your budget for unforeseen costs.

Whether it’s a professional project or your dream home, we hope this article has helped you feel more prepared for your renovation project.

If you have any more queries, please get in touch and speak with a member of our expert team today.

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