What to Know Before Your First Home Improvements

Published On: October 21, 20200 Comments on What to Know Before Your First Home ImprovementsTags: , Last Updated: February 9, 20243.1 min read

You might be planning some of your first home improvements because you want to switch up some designs or add some features. You may have bought a house with the idea that one day you would change something that you were never happy with, or you have seen some interior designs which you can’t not add to your house. You could make improvements from simply painting your walls and switching out the furniture. You could also knock down walls and completely renovate large areas of your home, such as your bathroom. One of the most common renovations is bathrooms.

What to Know Before Your First Home Improvements

With the more invasive and construction based renovations, these tips can help you if you are thinking about renovating for your first home improvements.

Decide Whether You Want to Do a DIY Project

The first thing to know is whether or not you will do the project entirely yourself or getting some extra help with aspects like structural engineering if you are doing large scale renovations. You may also want labourers to do the whole thing for you but there is something very special and rewarding doing it yourself.

Getting Experience

If you do decide to make your first home improvements to be a DIY project, consider whether you know enough about how to carry out the process. For instance, if you are planning on knocking down walls, building walls and laying flooring, with no experience you may make mistakes or find the process too challenging. Taking a course could help you considerably. Bricklaying and NVQ qualifications would be advantageous. You may be thinking, what is NVQ? This stands for National Vocational Qualification. This is a work based qualification and will involve you doing tasks and being assessed on them. These are great ways to learn about construction and could even progress you into a full time career as a construction professional.

Improvements Take Time

One important thing to note when you are making your first home improvements is that these processes will take a considerable amount of your time and this could mean that part of your home is under construction for a long time. This is an even bigger consideration to have if you go to work full time and are doing a DIY project. You would only have limited hours to be able to do the building process.

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Your First Time Might Be Rocky

What I mean by this is that you may come to face some issues along the way, your first time around. However, you learn from experience and the next time you come to make home improvements you will be better equipped to tackle it. You might be great at home improvements and in that case, you could start looking into working in the construction industry. There are many job roles such as labourers (in various specialisms), site supervisors, contracts manager and surveyors.

Be Realistic

It is important with your first home improvements to be realistic about what you can both afford and manage in terms of workload. You do not want to be planning a project that would blow your budget because you want the fanciest materials possible. You also have to consider how long a project will take you and whether you have the time for it with other commitments, if you don’t then this would be the time for thinking about hiring contractors. You should also consider how much value it would add to your house and whether it would be worth the work, rather than buying a different property with more of the things that you love.

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