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Pre-Home Renovation Checklist
by Nate Vickery on April 09, 2017

No matter if you find your home boring or you want to increase its value, renovating is always a great option. It makes your rooms more functional, improves the looks of your entire home and makes it easier to find a buyer (if you decide move). But a reason for renovating isn’t the only thing you need before you take on the project – you also need to know exactly what you want to change and you have to get ready for it. That’s why we have come up with pre-home renovation checklist you’ll want to take a look at.

Goals

One of the most important things you should do before you tackle your home renovation project is think about what exactly you want to do. Do you want to expand your bedroom and create more usable space? Or add an entire new room to your home? There are plenty of options in front of you and only by organizing your thoughts will you be able to think of the right project for your home. Most of the Australians go for living room and kitchen updates, so make sure you consider something like this as well.

Permits and licenses

If you’re going to expand your home, chances are you’ll need a permit in order to be able to do so. It’s always a good idea to visit local authorities and make sure you have all the necessary permits and licenses to continue with your project. With most of the simple projects, no permits or licenses will be necessary, but if you plan to change your roofline, demolish a load-bearing wall, or install a fence higher than 6 feet, you’ll most likely have to turn to a permitting department.

Budget

There’s no need to say that you won’t be able to do any work if you don’t have the money. So, before you start looking for contractors you’re going to hire, you’ll need to work out the budget you’re working with and be assured there’s enough money to do all the work you’ve had in mind. And no matter how much work you plan to do, there will always be some unexpected costs, so make sure there’s some money left on the side for situations like this.

Contractors

No matter how much of a handyman you are, you want be able to tackle the entire project on your own. You’ll need to hire contractors who’ll help you get all the work done quickly and effectively. Check out the local companies you can turn to, and see which of them fit your budget. It’s also recommended that you take a look at some of their previous work as well. Just bear in mind that these are the people you’ll have to spend at least a few following weeks with, so make sure you choose someone you feel you have a good connection with.

Storage space

A lot of homeowners tend to forget that they’ll need a place to store all of their furniture and other stuff while renovating. These things usually end up in a garage where there’s always a chance of some of them getting damaged. Therefore, renting storage space near you and storing all of your stuff there while you’re renovating is a much better option. And no matter if you’re looking for storage space in Sydney or Brisbane, there are plenty of companies you can turn to.

The bottom line is, start planning on time and hire the right contractors, and your renovation project is going to be a real piece of cake. But there’s no reason to stop there as you can already start thinking about some changes you’ll make in your home in future.

 


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