We all aspire to live in a better home, it’s just finding the time and money to make renovations that tends to be difficult.
If however you’re in the fortunate position of being able to start – for example, by installing state-of-the-art bi-folding doors or sliding doors – there are several considerations that need to be made first.
1. Decide on a budget
Assess your finances, do your calculations and settle on a budget. Stick to that budget so that you’re not left out of pocket at the end. Account for any problems that may arise during the duration of the project when organising your budget. Also remember, you really do get what you pay for – look for the best value, not the cheapest price.
2. DIY or bring in the experts?
Fancy yourself as a bit of a painter and decorator or a dab hand with a drill? You need to be absolutely certain that you’re qualified to do such jobs as the last thing you want to do is make any expensive mistakes, otherwise bring in the experts. We always recommend buying glazing from a reputable retailer with a showroom and long track-record.
3. Find trusted experts
When hiring a builder, electrician or other contractor, you need someone you know you can trust. Ask friends and family members whether they can recommend somebody they’ve used themselves or find verified tradespeople that have been suitably vetted and are fully accredited via a reputable online directory. Get quotes from at least three tradespeople so that you can get an idea of what you should be paying.
4. Planning permission and building regulations
Certain home improvements sometimes require prior planning permission from your local authority before they can be incorporated into your residence (conservatory, orangery, porch). If they’re classed as being a “permitted development” you won’t have to worry about obtaining planning permission. Building regulations also need to be abided by. If you’re at all uncertain about these obligations just contact the relevant planning department who will advise what you need to do.
Trends change incredibly quickly. For instance, implementing a daring colour scheme may work in your favour in the fashionable stakes now, but it could leave your home interior looking dated in a few months’ time. Keep this in mind as it could hamper your chances of attracting buyers if you ever decide to sell.
6. Get a good return
Yes, the renovations you make need to leave you feeling happy, but they should also add value to the property and not devalue it. Do your research and find out which type of improvements make the biggest financial impact on the valuation of your home and which areas of the home are best to target.
There is no finer or more sophisticated way of renovating your home than installing aïr – the ultimate bi-fold and lift & slide doors. We’re sure aïr doors will not only increase the value of your home, but will also give you endless pleasure for years to come!
Include aïr in any home renovation plans you have and find your nearest Accredited Retailer now.