Top build­ing and ren­o­va­tion tips

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– If you’re car­ry­ing out the ren­o­va­tion your­self, make sure to seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice from a va­ri­ety of sources be­fore you em­bark on the pro­ject.

– Al­though it may be tempt­ing to get the ren­o­va­tion done as quickly as pos­si­ble, take your time when it comes to plan­ning it. This will de­crease the like­li­hood of things go­ing wrong and give you the op­por­tu­nity to get the best value for your home.

– Only use con­trac­tors that have been rec­om­mended to you by friends or fam­ily or else ask con­trac­tors for ref­er­ences from un­bi­ased past cus­tomers who have used their ser­vices. The cheap­est con­trac­tors are not nec­es­sar­ily the best. You must take ex­pe­ri­ence, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and qual­ity into con­sid­er­a­tion.

– A home ren­o­va­tion is a costly ex­er­cise so it’s im­por­tant to be fi­nan­cially ready for the sum you will be charged. No mat­ter how much you bud­get for, there al­ways tends to be ex­tra costs so al­low for these in ad­vance.

– Don’t rush into buy­ing ma­te­ri­als and sup­plies at the first shop you visit. You’ll be sur­prised with the vari­a­tions in price you’ll come across.

– Fol­low the con­trac­tor’s progress and re­view any changes they pro­pose to make to your orig­i­nal agree­ment.

– Make sure that the ren­o­va­tion is suit­able for your home, your fam­ily and your life­style. It may be tempt­ing to fol­low a con­tem­po­rary craze but think about the long term.

– If you’re con­sid­er­ing a home ren­o­va­tion seek inspiration from a va­ri­ety of sources such as homes of friends, web­sites and home de´ cor mag­a­zines.

– A ren­o­va­tion takes time and will im­pact on you and your fam­ily’s lives. Car­ry­ing out the ren­o­va­tion may be eas­ier dur­ing the sum­mer time when you’re not house bound.

– Stay pos­i­tive about the ren­o­va­tion and look for­ward to the fin­ished prod­uct. You won’t re­mem­ber the short term in­con­ve­nience when you’re en­joy­ing your newly im­proved abode.

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