How to plan a house renovation

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    Hey everyone,

    Currently, I am going through my own flat renovation - It's only cosmetic but boy I didn't realise how hard it can be. We have a guide on our Checkatrade Advice Centre around 'How to plan a house renovation' and I thought I'd share some useful tips below for you too!

    From common mistakes to look out for, to how to create a checklist and even tips for those on a budget, It's important to plan!

    Make sure not to:
    • Be too scared to ask questions - use the Ask a Trade board here to get advice from the experts!
    • Just pick the cheapest workers - Make sure to use a reputable tradesperson and search our list of vetted Checkatrade members
    • Underestimate timings and stress levels - Things are taking a lot longer than planned in this current climate, trades are busier than ever. It can be super stressful living in a building zone so make sure you're prepared for the worst. This is only for a short amount of time though!
    • Choose furniture that is too large - space blockers that can dwarf the space is a common problem. You must always measure!

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    How to plan home renovations on a budget:
    Ask for multiple quotes: You don't need to pick the cheapest quote but it'll help to give an overall idea of the right price. You can then decide from there who you thought was the best fit for the work on your home.
    Hire a designer
    Pay for a survey
    Hone your DIY skills - Social media is a wonderful thing. TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, are all brilliant platforms to find not just inspiration on DIY but easy step-by-step videos and product lists.

    In the full article here you'll find a renovating house checklist, FAQs, rough prices on how much a renovation should cost and how to pick the best tradesperson for you.

    It's a very exciting time ahead of you, we're looking forward to helping you create a wonderful homely space using our guides, advice and services with Checkatrade tradespeople...

    What are you renovating and why?
    Last edited by Lauren; 19-04-22 at 10:17.
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