With property prices on the rise, many people are looking at revamping their current home rather than making the move to a larger place. According to figures released by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in March 107,386 home improvement projects have been carried out via the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) over the last four years with homeowners spending on average €16,187 on each project.
A home renovation project is a significant investment but when done right it can turn your house into your dream home without the hassle of moving. Getting started needn’t be a daunting task. We have put together some top tips on what to consider when embarking on any building work in your home.
1. Define your goal
Before starting any building work, be clear about what you want to achieve. What is the purpose of your renovation? Maybe you want to extend your kitchen or living space or perhaps you want to create extra storage space. Having a defined goal in mind will allow you to better brief your builder.
2. It’s good to talk
Talk to people who have done similar work in your area so that you can get an understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of the project. It’s good to know what issues they may have faced with their project so you can try and avoid the same issues.
3. Expert advice
Your local builder’s merchants are a mine of information. Ask the experts in there for their advice. They will have all the latest information around building regulations, insulation u-values and all the latest product trends.
4. Shop around
Visit reputable showrooms so you have a clear idea of the finishes you want for your project and what these finished are likely to cost. This will save you having to make decisions at short notice in the middle of your build and also help manage your budget.
5. Plan for the unseen
You should never start a building project without a budget in mind but it’s important that you also factor in unforeseen expenses. Even the best laid plans can sometimes go off budget so build a contingency fund into your project budget. This will allow you to cover off any additional expenses that may arise during your building work.