IF YOU’RE planning on buying an older house or even a more modern property that needs a little love and attention, then you might be worried about the budget needed to bring it up to standard. Unexpected surprises can all add pounds to your overall costs – but there are ways of keeping it under control while never compromising on finish.
Remember that putting an individual stamp on a home will make it your own. Even if a renovation project is time-consuming and seemingly never-ending, creating a beautiful space that works for you and your family for years to come is the reward you have to look forward to.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to paint or a genius at grouting? You might be tempted to save on labour costs by taking on some of the renovation work yourself.
Not that this shouldn’t come with a huge health warning. Be realistic about your own abilities as well as the time you can dedicate to the project. You may be great at design but that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily the best person to take on the plumbing.
If you have a full-time job, then you might be too exhausted to do anything other than flop out in front of the TV at the end of the day.
Then there’s the risk that DIY mistakes could cost more to fix in the long run. Electrical installations may be subject to regulations so if in doubt, check with a qualified professional first.
If you need to bring in extra help, then you’ll want the right team of trustworthy professionals. Start by asking friends and family for recommendations and look for a contractor who belongs to a reputable trade organisation.
Take a look at the reviews section of the company’s Facebook page if they have one, and ask for quotes from different contractors so you can compare costs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek clarity if you aren’t sure what is or isn’t included in their estimate.
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to use the cheapest materials you can find. In fact, scrimping on essentials such as screws and paint might mean paying double when you realise that these so-called bargains are completely unusable and you have to buy replacements.
It’s best to make a modest investment on the basics – because there are larger savings to be made on bigger household items if you’re prepared to have a little patience…
Keep it authentic with pre-owned fixtures and fittings. Take a look at a local reclamation yard or second-hand furniture shop. It’s a good way to save money while also remaining faithful to your home’s history.
Internet auction sites are also worth looking at, as are freecycling websites such as www.freelywheely.com – which allows people to get rid of unwanted household items with no charge to you. All you’ll usually need to do is arrange collection.
We have a range of beautifully finished properties for sale so even if you don’t fancy a big renovation project, we can help you to find your dream home in Chorley and the surrounding area. To take a look, just click here or call us on 01257 547061.