If the ‘stay at home’ regulations of the Covid pandemic taught consumers anything, it is that home is not only where the heart is – it’s also a refuge from our incredibly fast-paced modern world – and that space, utility, and comfort are exceptionally important when it comes to enjoying our properties.
The result of this realization is that renovations and extensions can not only add significant value to the resale price but also make the home experience that much more pleasant. So what are the strategies that homeowners can employ to ensure that renovation and extension work goes off without a hitch – and result in an enhanced living space?
1. Don’t Skimp on Planning
It may come as a surprise to many of those who are considering changes to their homes – but sometimes the planning stages of the project can take longer than the building execution. Make sure that you know what you want to get out of the extension or renovation – and just how those are going to make a difference to the enjoyment of the home. take the time to draw up detailed plans – the greater the detail the fewer challenges you will have to overcome during the project. This brings us to the next point.
2. Consult with Professionals
Make sure that you are going to be working with experienced professionals, from a company with a great reputation for getting things down on time and within budget. look to family and friends for recommendations about local builders – and if necessary architects. Thos nearest and dearest are great sources of trusted information. Another great idea is to put your renovations or extension work out for tender with recognized local experts. You’ll be ensuring that they are not overcommitted and really appreciate the opportunity. However, always make sure that they have a record of success when it comes to similar projects – ask for references and request that they furnish you with some ‘before and after’ photography (or go and see the homes that they have worked on before). If you’re planning on investing on specific spaces of your interior like your kitchen, it’s always a better idea to ask for the help of a kitchen remodeling contractor.
3. Don’t Fall Prey to the ‘Cheap Trap’
The old saying that you get what you pay for is on the money (excuse the pun) when it comes to renovations and extensions. If you come across an offer that is simply too good to be true – it probably is. A smaller operation may not use a quantity surveyor (for instance) and that can lead to huge variances in final costs. If one of the estimates that you get (always source at least three) is a clear outlier then treat it with suspicion.
4. Signing on the Dotted Line
Never do business on the strength of a handshake. Ask for a cost estimate that is extremely detailed, and that includes both costs and completion times – and a payment schedule. Pay attention to the small stuff like door handles and light switches and electrical outlet finishes. These can all add significantly to the cost of the project.
It’s worth repeating, do the research. Companies like Period Extension & Renovations have spent years building a good reputation. They know that word of mouth is their best marketing tool – they want you to have the best experience possible.