Planning a home renovation? Here are 7 pitfalls to avoid
Are you planning on renovating your home? If yes, then read these essential pitfalls to avoid before embarking on your project.
Here’s what NOT to do:
1) Don’t overspend. Make sure that, above all, the money you have available will pay for the practical work to be done to the highest standard possible. Employ the best electrician you can find before you spend hundreds on a fashionable light fitting.
2) Avoid over-extending, by adding on rooms that are too big for your plot or unbalance the flow of the house.
3) The way you move from one room to another is as important as the rooms themselves, so keep hallways and landings as free-flowing as possible and avoid adding rooms that are shut off from the rest of the living space.
4) Don’t add a bathroom at the expense of a bedroom. This could actually decrease the value of your property, says Kevin Beastall. ‘Think about a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house with one family bathroom. It has been known for an owner to take the smaller, third bedroom and make it into an ensuite for one of the other bedrooms – but then you no longer have a family home.’
5) Think flexible and future use – if your teenage son wants a gym, for instance, plan it so that it can become a multi-purpose space, doubling up as another room such as a study or a guest room when needed.
6) Don’t ignore planning permission or building regulations. If the work isn’t signed off and approved, future buyers could have difficulty obtaining a mortgage.
7) Don’t pay thousands for an expensive garden makeover if you have a busy life and little time for upkeep – the planting scheme will soon get out of hand.
LIVING MADE EASY
Anything that makes living in your home easier will improve your life and appeal to others.
- If parking is limited, consider creating an off-road space in your front garden. Check with your local council as there may be drainage regulations, and you will need to have the kerb dropped.
- In modern houses in particular, storage can be limited, so fitted wardrobes, under-stairs cupboards, and lofts that have been boarded for storage, with a hatch and access ladder, are useful.
- Upgrade the broadband provision, and invest in enhancing the technological performance of your home. ‘We’re seeing demand for systems that allow you to run the whole house from a hand-held device for heating, lighting, music and television,’ says Paul Rowe at Chewton Rose estate agency in Ascot. ‘However, be careful – technology quickly dates and can devalue substantially after a few years.’
Article by Jane Dowle from www.housebeautiful.co.uk , click here to be redirected to the original article.