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The more items you can pur­chase ahead of time, the bet­ter. Not only will it mean you will have al­ready made most of the big de­ci­sions, but the builders will be able to or­gan­ise the sub-con­trac­tors know­ing that when they ar­rive, the fix­tures will al­ready be on site so they can just get on with the job. Be brave. Peo­ple tend to ren­o­vate their homes with a view to sell­ing them, but don’t be afraid to ren­o­vate yours for you to en­joy, with­out wor­ry­ing about how some­thing will im­pact a fu­ture sale price. De­sign your home around ex­ist­ing items or colours you love. This way, it’ll feel au­then­ti­cally you. Take in­spi­ra­tion from trends, but don’t bow to them too much or you may find your­self re­plac­ing items after just one sea­son. Get sam­ples. From tap­ware, to cur­tain fab­ric, cur­tain rods, alu­minium join­ery, bench­tops, tiles and car­pet, prod­uct sam­ples will help you cre­ate a co­he­sive look through­out the house. It’ll also help to elim­i­nate any nasty sur­prises when things are in­stalled.

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