The Ins and Outs of Renovating Your Home

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All homes eventually require major renovation projects if they are to keep up with the times and hold onto their value. In fact, renovating your home could significantly increase its value if you are thinking about selling. Of course, the money spent on the upgrades may not be recouped in the sale price if you are not very careful to spend it on the right things.

If you are thinking about renovating your home,  whether it is prior to selling, or just to give you pleasant surroundings, you will find some helpful information here on projects to undertake and important things not to forget.

Planning

The easiest way to plan your renovation is to work along a timeline. On the line, you must mark the expected starting dates and time that each job will take. Then you can begin looking for and arranging contractors to turn up on certain days to carry out their part of the project.

Deliveries

Most people will employ others to carry out the work in the home. They must be booked well in advance of starting work, so it is essential that all of the equipments and materials for the job are delivered on time.

Rubbish Removal

If you have planned a complete overhaul of the property, most fixtures and fittings will be replaced. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of junk removal in Austin TX and other states. When the building work is complete, there will be a lot of building rubble and materials to remove too. It is important the tradesmen have a clear space to work in.

Start With The Basics

Before starting work on any particular room, consider the wiring and plumbing to the whole house. You will need to plan every project in detail before starting work on the rewire because circuits must be installed for new lighting systems and appliances that will be installed in each room when they are upgraded.

The roof should be tackled at an early stage too if needs repair.

Be Green

In enlightened times, it is important to make your home as energy  efficient as possible. There are several ways to achieve it.

  • Use a thick layer of loft insulation; at least twelve inches, but thicker if possible. Well insulated buildings often only need the body heat of the people living there to keep the temperature comfortable.
  • Fit cavity wall insulation wherever possible. If the walls have no cavity, there are other products that will help, such as insulated plasterboard to line the interior walls, or insulation that is applied to the outer walls before you apply a render coat..
  • Fit triple glazed windows. They were developed for colder countries like Sweden, but the rest of the world have seen the benefit of using them. They are now available everywhere.
  • Install solar panels on the roof. They are expensive to begin with but are so efficient that they will pay for themselves in fifteen years. After that, they earn money by supplying surplus electricity to the grid.

 

The fun part starts when you get to choose a kitchen, bathroom, and other fixtures that install towards the end of the project. Some people and I am one of them, would not want to sell the house after making it perfect, would you?

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