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House renovations–5 things you need to do beforehand

Updated: Apr 22

Eventually, the thought of house renovations crosses every home owner’s mind. Whether you want a new, bigger bathroom or to demolish an unsightly wall in the home, familiarize yourself with a few basic things beforehand.

1. Know what it is you want: Decide exactly what you want to do. Find pictures of things you like in magazines or online, or make a quick drawing. This will help your architect properly understand your requirements. Sometimes an idea looks outstanding in your head, but as soon as you see a picture, you find it appalling. Don’t get started on the house renovations, only to realize halfway through it was not what you wanted.

2. Research: Do research on the construction methods and materials that will be necessary for the renovation you are planning. Get an accurate idea of how much the material will cost and also the cost of labour involved. Get quotations from reputable builders. Talk to people who have had this type of renovation done before. The more you know, the fewer (nasty) surprises await you.

3. Budget: Now that you have a rough estimate of what this project will cost you, look at your budget. Can you afford it? Should some unexpected costs surface during house renovations–would you be able to cover them?

4. Be realistic about everything: It is nice to dream big, but don’t overdo it. Many people don’t realize exactly how long a particular project can take or don’t consider the annoyance of having strangers tread through their house every day. Plan and make alternative living arrangements if necessary.

5. Be prepared for anything: Life is never always plain sailing, and home renovations are no exception. Be prepared for the unexpected. Changes are almost inevitable because of flaws in the existing structure, or because the materials you initially selected are no longer available.


As soon as you are ready for your house renovations, give professionals like XO Architects in Bloemfontein a call and create your dream space.



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