7 Tips For First Time Renovators

It is natural human behavior to admire beauty and creativity, whether it's a piece of art, music or even the appearance of a home. Everyone wants to make their house stand out in their neighborhood. Renovating can add significant value to any property, but some people simply want to make their living space more appealing and comfortable. Landlords must know how important it is to dazzle prospecting tenants from the get go. This article will highlight some important aspects of a renovation project and provide you with tips on how to to tackle them.

Planning and Estimation

The first and most important step towards the beautification of your home is the proper planning and project estimation. Without a plan that takes into account your budget, you will never be able to achieve the desired result. Before starting the project, you will need to make a list of the things you want to implement. Then it is a good idea to discuss your requirements with an architect or builder. We recommend speaking to a professional builder because it will be more cost effective than an architect. You can ask your builder for references before making final decisions. It is wise to decide on a price after comparing some quotations.

House renovation can require plenty of skilled services like plumbing, painting, carpeting, cleaning and many more. Before starting any renovation work, you will need to get the approval of your local council and you must follow the guidelines set by your local council. While planning any remodeling, you must consider the exposure to light, which is vital for any design.

TIP: When planning and estimating the project always stay ahead of costs by adding some buffer amount. Around 20% is a good starting point. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, so be careful not to have drained your budget halfway through.

Landscaping and Gardening

Changing the landscaping can change the whole appearance of your property, and you can get expert landscaping design services. A beautiful garden with colorful flowers can rejuvenate your whole property and completely change the way visitors perceive it. Gardening can be a hobby, but taking the time and effort can have its rewards in terms of improving the appearance of your property.

TIP: As well as real estimated value, a maintained garden can add a lot of perceived value, or how people are affected by the property. This can be a convincing tool if you want to sell or rent out the property.

Interior Design

Interior design is a very integral part of any home renovations. Good interior design planning can change the appearance of your interior completely and make people feel more comfortable in your home. There are many firms in London providing interior design consultancy services; you can take their expert help or you can discuss your plan and design with your builder. Interior design might include remodeling the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms or living room. Sometimes complex designs can involve installing and removing walls. It can also be as simple as a few buckets of paint, a new set of furniture and smartly placed ornaments and art pieces.

TIP: Interior design is a very personal thing, so if you're planning on selling or renting out your home soon, it's best to keep it in a neutral stage, where the new occupant my change the direction based on their tastes completely.

Furniture and Flooring

It is amazing how rearranging or upgrading your furniture can affect the feel and look of your interior. Replacing your old furniture with a modern range or removing and adding a few pieces here and there can not only beautify your home, but also make your home more comfortable. You can polish or varnish your old furniture to give it a new shiny look. Even a quick dip with lemon oil can revitalize an old wooden surface. Some classic or antique furniture can be purchased to decorate your living room.

Flooring is a very important part of your interior. Wood flooring can give your house a classic vintage style. However, tiled floors are becoming very popular as they are available in many different colors and designs.

TIP: Follow a consistent style with your furniture. Don't make one room completely different with the next. Choose one style and stick to it.

Electrical and Plumbing

Sometimes as part of the renovation project, you will need to do some electrical and plumbing modifications as well. Electrical renovation can include attaching new classic or luxury light fittings to get more light exposure. In addition, plumbing work also needs to be undertaken with the addition or renovation of a new bathroom.

TIP: While you're doing all the visual renovation of your property, remember to check for structural integrity and grid stability. If you're stripping down the wallpapers, might as well check the electrical wiring and the plumbing for some healthy upgrades. The guts of your property are just as important as the blush you put on the outside.


Painting, whether it be interior or exterior, is one of the main parts of any house renovation process. An elegant color theme can help you to capture the look you're after. Naturally, light colors are suitable in just about any room. You need to take extra care while selecting a dark color theme. Dark colors are more suitable for places with enough light exposure already, especially natural sun light.

If you are confused then you should not hesitate to seek the help of experts. There are plenty of house painting companies in London, but this is something you can easily do yourself. You know best how you like your home painted and you can surely save the extra pounds.

Interior painting renovation can include reinstalling wall papers, wood treatment as well as changing the whole color theme. Your exterior can be improved by applying specialist finishes, spraying as well as waterproofing for some rooms.

TIP: Check out how color affects our body and mind before you pick on a color scheme for your home.

Finishing it up

After all the hard work, time and investments, it will be a shame not to finish up and polish your property. Remember that diamonds are just some chunks of carbon unless they get the right treatment. If you're good with the sponge and bucket, and have a few days on your plate, perform a deep clean session from top to bottom. If you'd rather pay for it to be done, you can purchase a session from the many cleaning companies in and around London.

TIP: If you want a better quality service, look for an end of tenancy cleaning company. It's the same as a deep cleaning, only it's targeted for tenants and landlords, who battle it out.

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