house refurbishment

Tackling your first house refurbishment can be an enormously rewarding experience. If you do some of the work yourself, it doesn’t have to cost the earth and, if you’re planning to sell the house you’ve transformed, you might even make a healthy profit! But, be warned, it’s not for the faint hearted.

Let’s start with some basics. There’s a recognised order of works when it comes to house refurbishment. The first step is to establish the state of the property you’re hoping to renovate. If you’re not an expert yourself it’s worth asking a reputable building surveyor to provide you with a full report. It might seem like a lot of money to pay if you don’t absolutely have to, but many older dwellings have well hidden secrets; wet and dry rot, fungal infestations, woodworm, to name but a few and you need to know about them to estimate of the cost of the house refurbishment project and decide if you want to go for it.

Once you’ve bought the place, you need to stop any further deterioration. Make sure it’s weatherproof, board up broken windows etc. Maybe that will give you an appetite for getting your hands dirty but before you can move on you need to get the necessary planning permission and building regulations consent for the work you want to do. Contact the appropriate authority about this. Then, if you’re not an experienced builder yourself, you need to find one you can trust. Get a realistic estimate for the work to be done, and away you go. 

Like so many things in life, as long as you’ve gone into it with your eyes open, you can have a lot of fun along the way and have a fantastic home to live in, or sell, at the end of it!

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