How to Get Started Refurbishing Your Home

Whether you’ve been working from home during the coronavirus crisis or simply spending a lot more time at home, if you’re finding your surroundings repetitive, you’re not alone. Plenty of us have been struggling with feeling like our homes are boring places to be, but one way that you can alleviate that frustration is to refurbish the place. Even if you just rework the furniture in a single room, making changes like this can improve your mental health and make you feel significantly more positive about being stuck in the house. Here’s our guide on how you can get started refurbishing your home.

Gather some funds

You won’t be able to make any meaningful renovations to your home if you don’t first gather some funds together. If you’re lucky enough to be a homeowner, then you could consider taking out a second mortgage loan to help you cover the costs of refurbishment. This way, you can get a quick injection of cash and then repay over a number of months so that you’re spreading out the cost. Depending on what kind of refurbishment you’re looking to carry out, it can cost between £700 and £1000 per metre squared (although this will also depend on your property), so shoring up that money is important.

Decide on the scope of the project

Renovations can range from simply changing the furniture in a room to a complete wall-to-wall makeover of every area in the house. It’s important to understand exactly where on that spectrum your intended project lies. That way, you can create a realistic, detailed plan for your project and allocate your budget accordingly (more on both of which later). However, you don’t want to get halfway into your project before realising you’ve either vastly overprepared or completely underestimated what will be required to complete it.

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Allocate a budget

So you’ve gathered the funds necessary to complete a refurbishment or renovation project. That’s an excellent first step, but it doesn’t end there. Now, you need to tot up everything you’ll need for the project – materials, labour, et cetera – and create yourself a realistic budget. If you don’t have too much money to play with, there may still be a way for you to complete your project if you’re clever with spending and substitute materials for budget alternatives where possible. However, you won’t know you need to do this until you create a budget and finalise it.

Ask experts for assistance

You don’t have to go it alone when you begin a renovation project. If the scope of the refurbishment is just too much for you to bear alone, it’s worth bringing in an expert to help you. This could be someone experienced in interior design, a custom kitchen or bathroom provider, or anyone who can provide services you’ll need to renovate your home. Often, a renovation or refurbishment can be a bigger undertaking than you anticipate, and that’s when it’s time to pay professionals. Don’t forget to incorporate this expense into your budget!

Plan and design extensively

Before undertaking the actual renovation, it’s worth creating a detailed plan of what you want your interior to look like. Think about living in that space and the challenges that might present. Enlist the help of family or those you live with to describe what their ideal living space would look like and see how far you can go towards realising that dream. Once you have a plan in mind, make sure to put it to paper (or graphic design software if you have the skills required to use it!). The more you visualise your eventual renovation, the closer to your vision it will be when you execute it.

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Get the boring parts out of the way

Some projects will, unfortunately, require planning permission to undertake. This is a boring step compared to the excitement of transforming your home, but it’s a step you will need to take if you want to begin your project. Discuss whether you need planning permission with your relevant authorities. In addition, make sure there are no legal loopholes or situations preventing you from beginning work on your property. If you’re refurbishing – that is, doing work mostly on your interiors – it’s unlikely you’ll require planning permission, but it never hurts to make sure.

Don’t despair if you veer off course

It’s often said that the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. That’s true in renovation and refurbishment as well. If you veer off course, don’t worry; there can be lots of reasons for this, including not being able to get the correct materials or an injury making work impossible for a period of time. Don’t despair and don’t give up. Simply take a look at your original plan and see if you can make room for course correction. Better yet, try to incorporate potential setbacks into the plan at the outset so that you have prepared for them if they do happen.

Look at small details

When you’re undertaking a renovation project, it can be easy to lose sight of the smaller details. Think not only about what kind of furniture and structure your house is going to have, but also how you’re going to decorate it when all the major work is finished. Decoration is more than just embellishment; it’s the finishing touches on a house you’ve worked very hard indeed to create. Choose the right artwork, the right colour scheme, and the right ornaments for your home, and the whole project will come together in a way that just might not be possible otherwise.    

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