When we started thinking about restyling our home we realised quite quickly that it was going to be a big job with potentially a lot of work and so we decided to do it in 3 parts, over 18 months. This may sound like a long time but we wanted to do it right and take our time, also we needed to manage our budget and the undoubted disruption to our home. At the time, I wished I’d had some house renovation project management advice, hence why I’m sharing my tips with you today!
I also looked at and used Home magazines for ideas too. I recommend you buy a home magazine most relevant to you. If it includes gardens for example and you aren’t redesigning your garden, it isn’t going to be the best value for you!
Real Homes Magazine is a great one I used and they also have a great website with lots of help and advice.
House renovation helpful tips
- Speak to your builder to see if you require an Architect and if so they will be able to design your build and assist with any Official planning requirements.
- Trawl through all shopping websites, including ones you do not usually use.
- Live in your house first to see what works and what doesn’t.
- Cut out all your favourite things and put them on moodboards and stick them up on a wall to see how they look.
- Declutter before you start-every room!
- Make a realistic budget and allow for contingency. A sensible figure would be 15% of your overall budget.
- Decide on a sensible scope of work.
- Make a decision on what key items you want to spend more money on that will bring you extra joy.
- Use mood boards to give yourself a clear idea of what look and feel you want to achieve.
- Make sure its practical for the whole family.
- Plan your rooms for your children’s growing years taking into consideration what they will need as they get older, for example, a desk for homework.
- Ensure you have a reliable, fair builder with lots of positive feedback and recommendations/estimates. Check out their reviews online.
- Be prepared to be living in a muddle for a while.
- Remember why you are doing this and do not lose sight of the end results – stay positive.
- Realise that money gets spent on the background stuff, e.g. plastering, plumbing and can add up and feel demoralising as it’s the basics, however these are the essentials.
- Shop around for inspirations and bargains.
- Ask the whole family for their needs, ideas and thoughts – however don’t make any promises!
- If you are planning a major build – break it into different phases. Don’t try and do it in one go unless you are not living in the property.
- List all dream items/features you have always wanted and build them into your plans.
- There will be dust, dust & more dust… but it will be worth it in the end!
- Keep a list up on the wall of everything you have ordered, who from and with contact names & numbers.
- Include expected delivery dates as you will have deliveries at all times and you may lose touch and need to ensure everything arrives on time.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate with suppliers on prices.
- Have a lighting plan which is energy efficient from the start.
- This is your home and so it does not need to conform, it needs to be what you want and need!
- Anything you can sell to bring in some extra money, do it. There are great platforms like Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook.
- Try new colours, trends, layouts and textures.
- Speak frequently to your builder so you are both happy and clear with the progress.
- Be patient! Be brave!
- Start your build in the best time of year with the best weather and book your builder and all trades well in advance.
- Take into consideration your plans for the year and all timings.
- Look at sales and offers available, even if it means ordering things earlier than you need them. It will save you money.
- Research, research, research; house renovation project management tips could save you a lot of time and money.
- Be prepared to compromise.
- Take lots of photos.
- Buy lots of tea, coffee and biscuits!
Here is a list of things to think about whether you want in your new home whilst planning!
- Hard water – water softener
- Kitchen Pantry
- Garage storage
- Walk in wardrobes
- Wood burner/fireplace
- New electrics/circuit board
- Toothbrush/razor chargers
- Understairs cupboard-improved storage
- Up date smoke alarms & Carbon Monoxide alarm
- New windows and doors
- More storage
- Informing your neighbours that there could be noise and some disruption
- Carpets or flooring
- Underfloor heating
- Kitchen hot water tap v kettle
- Office area
- Updating central heating
- Security/outside lighting
- Sensor lighting in cupboards
- Utility room
The most important thing in the whole process is to enjoy the entire project!
I absolutely loved every minute of the planning, construction and design of our property renovation, and wanted to share my house renovation project management tips with you so that you can enjoy your project too. All the pictures in this blog are from our home. I hope you like what we have done!
If you are thinking of any renovation or updating, one room to a whole house and you need help, then please get in touch!