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How To Plan Your Next Home Improvement Project In 6 Steps

December 1, 2014

There is nothing more exciting for a homeowner than home improvements. The right types of improvements can add value to your home, as well as making it more comfortable, convenient. And fun to live in. Unfortunately, as exciting as home improvements are, even the most simple are also incredibly stressful, especially if not planned properly. To combat this, follow these simple steps.

  1. Figure Out Your Goal

Everyone has a goal for their home improvement, and you need to figure out what this goal is before you decide what you’re going to change and improve. If you wanted to improve the safety of your home, then you would need to install motion sensor lights in your front and back gardens, as well as burglar alarms, and more secure windows. If you were looking to increase living space, then you might want to convert your loft or add a conservatory.

  1. Determine Your Budget

Once you’ve figured out what it is that you want to improve, you need to determine exactly how much you have to spend on your project. You might not have the cash right now, in which case you would need to save up for a while before your project can begin. Some people take out loans for home improvements, but unless your improvement is going to add a lot of value to your home, it won’t be worth it.

  1. Find A Professional

For some tasks, such as painting and putting up wallpaper, it makes more sense financially to carry out these yourself, rather than hire someone, but some tasks are just too big to do alone. If you’re having new windows installed, then window companies, like ITF Aluminium, should have their own installers. For other projects, you might have to do some research to find a reliable and well-known contractor.

  1. Set A Schedule

Depending on the home improvement, you might not be able to stay at home while it’s being completed, so it’s important to figure out how long it’s going to take. Some projects will take a few months to get planning permission, a few more to get all of your materials, and then a few after that to carry out the job, so you have to be in it for the long haul.

  1. Sort The Paperwork

As already mentioned, depending on the type of project, you may need to obtain planning permission before you can start any work. Your contractor should be able to obtain planning permission on your behalf and should know any rules and regulations that they have to follow. However, it will always be you that is at fault if any rules aren’t adhered to, so don’t go into this with your eyes closed.

  1. Get Going

Once the permissions are obtained, the materials are bought, and the contracts are signed, there’s nothing left to do than get started. Some projects you will physically be able to help with, but others you will have to keep out of the way, so know what you’re getting into before you start anything big.

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