Home Renovation: Where To Start

Published on Aug 27, 2020
A knocked down wall with a builder on a ladder during a home renovation process.
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Renovating can be a scary project to undertake. Where do you start? What do you need to do before starting? What are the legal implications you need to be aware of? This article will answer those questions, plus share tips and advice on this complex process.
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What does renovating mean?

Renovating means that you are restoring something old, such as a building, to its former glory or so that it is in a good state of repair. Renovating is often confused with remodelling; however, the latter refers to changing the building rather than restoring it in some way.

Building report

Getting a building report is a must-do task as you need to be aware of any potential problems and risks before starting. A chartered building surveyor will help uncover issues while providing you with an estimated cost.

Chartered building surveyors will be on the lookout for any damp, drainage problems and even any infestations.

Have a schedule

Don’t just jump into renovating your home. The easiest mistake to make is just starting work without having a schedule. Outline every painstaking job that needs to be done and mark out a timeline. Work with your builder to establish what needs to be done, the order and what the timeline actually is. This will allow you to keep on top of the renovation and will mean you can take action if renovating slows down for any reason.

Financial costs

When working on a renovation project, you have to consider many financial factors, which, of course, includes the budget. You should discuss your budget with your builder and/or designer before starting the renovation project.

Before making an offer on a building, you plan to renovate you should consider other costs such as valuation fees, council tax, legal expenses, fees incurred for water or electricity supply during renovating and even planning permission fees, if relevant. Make sure you are aware of the hidden financial costs before taking action.

Planning permission

In the majority of renovating cases, you will not need planning permission to repair certain aspects of your building. Typically, renovating is done on older buildings though, and in some cases, those properties are listed, which means you need to obtain consent to renovate. You can check online if you need planning permission, or in some cases, you can contact your local council.

If you do require planning permission, you will need to submit an application asking for planning consent before starting any sort of renovation work.

Building regulations

When working on your renovation, you need to make sure your building work complies with set building regulations, which your builder should be aware of. Building regulations revolve around the design and construction of your building and help to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Structural changes

When renovating your building, you might want to incorporate modern features that are simply unrealistic for older structures. Some older structures could also be unsafe, which will mean you have to include more structural support. Consider what structural changes need to take place to match your vision and to make sure the building is structurally safe.


In summary

Additional issues will pop up during a renovation, which is why it is essential to consider each of the points mentioned above. Renovating a building can be a long and scary process, however, when you are aware of what you need to do to keep the building site safe, it becomes slightly more manageable.

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