When searching for a new home, you will often want to put your own stamp on it to make it feel like your own. Sometimes, a property gives off vibes that say ‘potential’, but it might need a substantial amount of work. If that is true in your case, continue reading for our top tips when purchasing a home to renovate.
Find the Right House
Finding the right property to renovate is not as easy as it sounds. It is vital that you set a budget for the purchase of the home combined with the cost of the work which needs doing. You may stumble upon a house with a beautiful façade that unfortunately needs far too much doing to it to make it habitable. Conversely, you may find yourself faced with a property that needs very little and therefore its initial price is higher than you would like. Take your time when looking for this, especially if you are wanting it to be your forever family home.
Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. However, if you ensure you are organized, this does not have to be the case. Prepare yourself in advance and use a moving house checklist to ensure you have done everything you need to. Labelling the packing boxes will make everything easier once you arrive at your new property. The removal workers will be able to deposit them in the correct room. Conversely, if you wish for the boxes to be placed in one central location due to the renovation work, make this clear before the move begins.
Do the Work Gradually
Unless you are hiring someone to do everything on your behalf, it would be wise to do the work gradually. Of course, if you are planning to live there at the same time as doing the renovation, it could be a little challenging. However, it is usually best not to face burn out by attempting to carry out too many tasks at the same time. Aim to have a couple of rooms ready from the beginning and then move things around as you progress. Ensuring that you maintain realistic expectations is important. You will not be able to get the work done in just a few days, so be gentle with yourself and do not set your sights too high too early.
This may seem obvious, but the number of people who simply choose a builder for seemingly no real reason is astounding. When you are looking at hiring people to undertake the work on your behalf, your kitchen installation for example, it is imperative to ask for a range of quotes. Doing this ensures that you are not only able to choose the best person for the job, but they will also raise issues that you have perhaps not yet considered. Reputable tradespeople will visit the property and assess the situation fully prior to giving you a quote. It would also be worth checking out the business’ reputation by looking online as well as asking for personal recommendations from friends and family members.