Your Guide to Renovation


Last year in the UK, homeowners spent an average of £23,100 carrying out home makeovers, according to estimates by interior design inspiration site Houzz.

But renovating your home can be a rollercoaster journey, full of ups and downs. There’s a lot to consider and it’s never a task that should be taken lightly.

That’s why we’ve compiled a handy guide on everything you need to know before you hop onboard.



Renovating can be a costly business. Whether you want to remove walls or convert the loft into an extra bedroom, it’s crucial to budget beforehand.

As well as the materials required, you’ll need to factor in labour costs: carpenters, electricians, architects . . . it all adds up.

You may also encounter some unexpected surprises on the way – these can derail your renovation, if you don’t have funds set aside.

That crack in the wall can often be masking something more sinister and expensive.

Tradesmen typically charge an hourly rate so, the bigger the job, the more expensive the renovation.

Don’t forget, too, there may be surveys, warranties and insurances to consider. It’s always recommended to overestimate than underestimate your costs.

Finally, once all of the work is complete, it could be time for a deep clean of your home. Dust in the curtains, plaster on the upholstery and grit in the carpet? It could be time to call in professional cleaners and that’s another item on your bill.



If you live in a flat or a listed building you may be limited in what you can do structurally. Similarly, in a terraced house the facade will likely have to stay untouched.

Check out the regulations regarding your property with your local council before you start swinging that sledgehammer.

Making dramatic changes often requires planning permission and obtaining this isn’t guaranteed. It’s not uncommon for permission to be refused – even after changes have been made.

Exercise patience or you may find yourself draining that rooftop infinity pool!



Depending on the scale of your renovation, you might find yourself looking for alternative accommodation while the work is carried out. This might mean renting a static caravan on-site or living out of a suitcase in a hotel.

These costs should be factored into your budget too. And that’s why it’s crucial to be realistic when it comes to a schedule. A two-month job can drag on longer for a variety of reasons. Such as weather, availability of tradesmen weather, availability of tradesmen or materials, the location of the renovation . . . not to mention day-to-day life getting in the way.


Be considerate

Don’t upset your neighbours. Before you get the cement mixer and pneumatic drill out at 7am on a Sunday, run your plans by Bob and Linda next door. Sharing a document detailing your work plans is extra-considerate – but be ready to take comments and queries on board.



Pack up your vitals. If you don’t want your furniture, appliances or fragile heirlooms damaged during renovations, consider packing them away or putting everything in storage until the job is done. Out of sight, out of harm’s way!


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