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In What Order Should You Renovate a House?

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If you’re considering renovating your home, you might be wondering what the best order for renovating your home is. In this article, we go over the steps to renovate a house, what renovations are most worth doing, and some tips for success. 

So, in what order should you renovate a house? When planning home renovations, we recommend beginning with any structural or external issues, before moving on to the more important internal renovations such as waterproofing, electrical, gas, and plumbing tasks, and finishing with any cosmetic renovations such as painting and decorating.

To find out more information regarding the steps to renovate a house including what renovations are the most worth doing, read on.

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What Are the Steps to Renovate a House?

There is no one-size-fits-all order or plan for renovating a house, but there are some things to consider before you get started which will make the whole process a lot easier. 

Our recommendations below may not apply to every home renovation, but we do recommend working in this order as appropriate.

Make a plan

Before you do anything, evaluate your property and make a list of what needs addressing. From here, you can make a plan of action, a timeline, hire contractors, order materials, and crucially set a budget. 

Without a solid plan, you’re likely to go off-piste, which could take much longer, and add thousands of pounds to your budget.

Set a budget (and stick to it!)

Once you have a plan of action, you can set a budget. This is essential to ensure that you don’t end up overspending, and It can also help you to work out your priorities.

Hire the right people

There are some jobs that you can probably tackle yourself, but for larger jobs, you need to hire the right people. Ensure to do your research and hire someone that you can trust. Enter into a contract with a clearly defined scope of work to avoid any issues further down the road.

Order your materials in time for work to begin

Once you have a plan, a budget, and have hired a contractor, the next step is to order your materials in time for the work to begin. Depending on the project, your contractor could do this for you, so make sure to find out what you need in advance.

Fix any structural issues

Once you’re ready to begin work, we always recommend fixing any structural issues first, whether they are major issues or just cosmetic jobs. For any visible cracks or holes on the exterior, have a structural engineer evaluate the problem before continuing. The property must be deemed safe both inside and out.

Waterproofing, rot, and damp

Next, work on any waterproofing issues, insulation, and dampness so that any further work doesn’t become compromised. There is no point in doing further internal work only to have to backtrack in order to fix leaks, rot, or dampness.

Fix any electrical, gas, or plumbing issues

Once the house is watertight, you can begin working on any electrical, gas, and plumbing works. Work on these jobs now, before you consider installing any new units in the kitchen or bathroom.

Do not attempt to work on electrics if the house is not watertight, and do not attempt to work on this if you are not a qualified electrician. This is dangerous for all involved

Kitchen and bathroom fittings

When the electrics, gas, and plumbing are sorted, kitchen and bathroom fittings can be installed. Once you reach this stage, only minor, cosmetic jobs remain. At this stage, you may also want to consider any in-built furniture, cupboards, or other joinery.

Plastering, redecorating, and final touches

Now that all of the major renovation work is complete, you can move on to cosmetic jobs such as plastering, decorating, and adding any final touches like furniture and accessories.

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What Renovations Are Most Worth Doing?

The renovation most worth doing is the ones which absolutely require attention such as repairs or updating the electrics, gas, pipes, etc. However, some of the most valuable home improvements include:

  • Kitchen and bathroom upgrades, or remodeling. 
  • Building, upgrading, or converting a garage
  • Hardwood floors
  • Garden decking or patio
  • Conservatory
  • Widow upgrades
  • Basement or attic conversions
  • Roof upgrades
  • Landscaping

What Are the Most Expensive Rooms to Remodel?

It goes without saying that some rooms of the home are more expensive to remodel than others. We’ve put together a shortlist of some of the more expensive rooms to remodel:

  • Kitchen – the average cost of a new kitchen is around £8000
  • Bathroom – the average cost of updating a bathroom is between £6000 and £7000
  • Basement/attic – on average, basement conversions cost £1400 per SqM. Attic conversions cost between £21000 and £44000
  • Decking/patio – the average cost of decking or a patio is between £1000 and £4000, depending on the material
  • Conservatory – on average, a conservatory will cost between £10000 and £17000

Garage addition/conversion – a new garage could cost between £18000 and £30000, whereas a garage conversion can cost between £7000 and £20000

Can You Live in a House While it is Being Remodelled?

You can live in a house while it’s being renovated, but progress will be slower as contractors will have to work around you. You’ll also have to make sacrifices along the way, like sourcing a place to eat and bathe if you’re renovating the kitchen and bathroom, and you’ll have to put up with a lot of noise, dirt, and dust. However, it is doable with an effective plan.

How Long Does it Take to Renovate a House?

Minor cosmetic renovations with no structural, electrical, or pipework can take around 2-4 weeks. More extensive renovations will take considerably longer, up to six months and beyond if there are delays or shortages.

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5 Things to Know Before Renovating a House

Before we finish off this post, we want to leave you with a few final pieces of advice when renovating a house. It could save you some hassle down the line. 

  1. Plan plan plan

Plan for good, plan for bad, and you’ll hopefully have smooth sailing throughout the renovation process. A good plan will help you to stay on track, and can help to get you back on track after any problems.

  1. Be realistic about your time and money

When planning and setting your budget, be realistic with what you can actually achieve within your timeframe, and what you can afford. A good idea is to plan under budget, and have a small reserve for unexpected expenses.

  1. Expect the unexpected and budget for it

Budget extra time for any unexpected snags and, like we said above, have a small pot of money set aside for unexpected expenses. As good as your plan may be, something unexpected will happen. 

  1. Shop around for quotes for contractors and materials

Shop around for a contractor that you can trust, and that understands your vision. Don’t just jump in with the cheapest quote, or the one that can work immediately. 

  1. Be detailed and specific with contractors to avoid disappointment

When briefing your contractor, be specific, detailed, and come prepared to answer questions. Frankly, it’s better to be over-prepared here than to not provide a good brief and be disappointed with the outcome. 

House Refurbishments in Leeds and Bradford

Valor Property Maintenance offers a house refurbishment service in Leeds and Bradford with a team of experienced and trustworthy contractors ready to help you renovate your property. Get in touch with us today to discuss your project and to get a quote

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