TOP TIPS: FROM DERELICT TO DREAMY

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story - Libby Ged­des

A ren­o­va­tion prop­erty ini­tially looks de­press­ing; don’t be put off. Try to en­vis­age it after you have re­con­fig­ured rooms and added your own decor and fur­ni­ture.

Talk to staff at the lo­cal builders to get rec­om­men­da­tions of the best trades­men. Ask for quotes from sev­eral of them.

Work on the gar­den early on and get plant­ing. Flow­ers and plants lift the spir­its.

Get rid of any eye­sores such as an­cient sheds or car­a­vans as soon as pos­si­ble.

Don’t leave the out­side un­til last. It is up­lift­ing to see your home look­ing ap­peal­ing, even if it’s still a tip in­side.

If you are liv­ing on site while work­ing on the house, buy a sea con­tainer to store your fur­ni­ture. It can be eco­nom­i­cal on a long ren­o­va­tion job.

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