Don’t Move House – Renovate!

More and more people are choosing to renovate their home, rather than move home. When you add in the cost of things like stamp duty and legal fees, you can see why. It might even work out cheaper for you to stay in your current home, even with the cost of renovating some of the space. You can renovate without breaking the budget, but can cost a lot more to move. Just be sure to not cut any corners when renovating, as you could end up with more expensive problems down the line.

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There are plenty of renovations that won’t need planning permission. Some renovations will, though. Things that are inside the home, as a rule, won’t need planning permission. So update your kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms as much as you like. You’ll want to look out for renovating your kitchen tips and advice for changing your bathroom. If you are adding space, or extending, then you will quite often need to get planning permission from your local council. Double check for things like loft conversions too, as it depends on what the size of it will be.

Once you have decided what you are going to renovate and have the correct permissions, where do you start? It will depend on what you are able to do yourselves. To save the most money, it is a good idea to do most of the work yourself. If a lot of the work is painting and decorating, it is likely that you can do that yourself. Other things like plumbing and electrics might need you to call in a professional. It can be quicker, and they will know all about the legislation and restrictions too. Just look into the professionals you will be using, and check their reviews and feedback from other customers. Don’t always just go with the cheapest. So factor the cost of that into your plans. If you have friends or family members that could help with the renovations, then rope them in! It will make the work go much quicker and will make it more enjoyable too.

When you have done the main renovations, the next step is decorating. The best part in my opinion. I could spend hours browsing on Pinterest looking for all of the home decor inspiration. You don’t need to spend a lot when decorating either, though. You can get good quality paints quite cheaply. You could even make your curtains or blinds to cut down the cost of it. When you are filling your home with furniture, think about upcycling your existing furniture. You could sand down and paint a chest of drawers or sideboard that you already have. You could update cushion covers or seat covers. It is also a good idea to look around in places like charity furniture shops, for bargains that you could update. This kind of look is perfect if you are going for a shabby-chic style interior.

Have you got any experiences of updating your home that you could share? I’d love to hear what went well or what you would avoid.

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