Doing some home renovation or home improvement can be a bigger undertaking than you first predict. There are a lot of components that make up an urban home, and you must consider all of the components even if you are altering just one.
If you’re planning on renovating your home or even building your home from the bottom to the top, there are some simple things you must factor into your budget and your timeline.
Timeframe and budget
When it comes to how long it will take to renovate a house, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The average renovation takes between 4 and 8 months, but that is dependent on so many factors. They say that if you’re building a house from scratch, it’ll take twice as long and cost twice as much as you initially hope, but there is no danger in being optimistic.
In terms of the amount it costs to remodel a house, you could be looking at anything from $10,000 to $50,000 – it totally depends on the job at hand.
Demolition and building
Depending on the type of renovation you are getting done, and the scale of it, there may need to be major demolition and structural alterations to your home. Structural carpenters will be able to expertly repair and construct a building framework, but it may mean that you cannot live in your house during the build, especially if the roof is being worked on.
The plumbing in urban homes must be in top quality condition all year round; without good plumbing, your water supply to your home may suffer, and you could become victim to disastrous plumbing problems You should always have a top quality emergency plumbing service on-hand to assist you when anything goes wrong.
When you’re planning a home renovation you must consider the plumbing implications. If you want to knock down a wall, add an extension onto your property, renovate the attic, fit a new bathroom, etc., your home’s plumbing will be affected. Enlist the help of a plumbing specialist and architect to determine the scale at which your current plumbing situation will need to be upgraded.
Moreover, if you are building a property from scratch you will need to make sure you have connections to the main water system and sewage network. Before you build you will need to get permission from the landowner to connect your new house to a nearby network and water meter. Again, an architect and specialist builder will be able to advise you on this.
You will also need to take into account electricity connection when undertaking a home improvement. This means talking to an architect, builder or electrician about the effects that your chosen renovation will have on the placement of existing plug fixtures, light fixtures, radiators, etc. You may want to put in additional lighting if you’re renovating, and remember that for each new room there’ll need to be an adequate amount of plug sockets. Plan this thoroughly with your builder or architect before the work begins and they will ensure everything is covered.
Gardens are affected by home renovations, so before you add an extension to your home consider that you may lose up to 50% of your outdoor area. However, you can work with a garden landscaper to redesign your backyard so that you can still use it effectively. You may even find that because a smaller garden is more manageable you actually use it more than you did when it was bigger. For Aussie homes, all you need to make sure is that you have enough outdoor space to host a good barbecue in the summer.
Painting and decorating
Once the building work is complete, it’s time to decorate! Depending on the type of renovation you have done, and the size of your property, this could take weeks, so remember to factor this into your original plan and budget.
You may choose to hire painters and decorators. Or, if you’re handy you could do it yourself with help from your friends.
General maintenance tips
To avoid troublesome and costly issues from occurring in your home after it’s been renovated, it is advised that you complete regular maintenance checks. Address small problems before they turn into a big one, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.
Here are some checks you should perform on a monthly basis:
- Unblock sink drains and bathtub drains. Debris build-up from things like hair can block the drains and cause serious issues down the line. To avoid this happening, use drain unclogger or a plunge regularly.
- Inspect plugs, sockets and electrical cables to ensure they are not worn down or frayed. Ignoring damaged electrical fixtures can trip your home’s electrical circuit, or worse, cause fires.
- Remove limescale build-up in your bathroom and in the shower head.
- Clean the leaves out of the gutters to ensure the roof remains free and debris and stays strong.
- Clean out the dust from the furnace filters to allow your home to heat up quicker.
- Test your home’s smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors to check they are in working order. If they aren’t, replace them ASAP.
- Check that air vents – outdoor and indoor – are not blocked.
If you complete regular inspections on the above you will minimise the likelihood of any major issues occurring, and keep your general maintenance costs down.
Committing to a home renovation is a big deal. It costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time, and can mean that you and your family must temporarily rent elsewhere whilst the building work takes place. However, if you plan properly and take into consideration all of the above, it will go smoothly and you will have a gorgeous new home.