When you want to make general improvements in the home, it’s important to check out what you’re working with already. A good way to assess your current conditions, is using the SWOT method (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats). This method opens up different renovation prospects in your home, and helps you to figure out which part you should tackle first. For example,
Strength: Structures that are safe and adequate, and you are happy with it being retained
Weakness: Spaces that are in poor condition, require modification, repurposing or demolition
Opportunities: From the previous findings, you can outline what actions you can take
Threats: Areas that need immediate attention and can interrupt with your renovations
DIY renovation can be extremely rewarding, if done right. Nobody wants to have to spend time and money on a renovation, only having to come back and fix it.
Firstly, check with your council if your changes require approval. This is a crucial step, and often a time-consuming one, so make sure you get onto it as early as possible.
Ask yourself if it is worth your time. If you are somebody who is time poor or working full time, even small projects can drag on and cause inconvenience in the home. Make sure you rule out risky and dangerous projects. You should without a doubt stay away from making changes that could seriously compromises the integrity and structure of your home, as well as those that pose a major threat to health, such as electrical work.
Lastly, although the idea of DIY can be exciting, make sure you’re still realistic and consider whether you are capable of doing the renovations. Consider:
Whether you have access to the required tools and material
Whether you have the skillset or experience for more complex renovations
What are the repercussions if things go awry
Now that you have a rough idea of what needs to be done, plan the initial costs of the process. This includes costs for materials and manpower, such as hiring an inspector or a plumber. You can get professional help and planning for major renovations, if you have worries.
Don’t forget to factor in running costs of the new space. If you installed new lighting or heating, consider sustainable improvements, and the associated savings by consuming less resources in the long run. Reducing running costs future-proofs the home as cost of natural resources increase.
Set your budget. If you have a strict budget, you can tailor your needs and filter out which renovations aren’t necessary.
As the saying goes… failing to plan is planning to fail. Before you rush into your renovation, make sure that you breakdown your tasks. Take the idea you have and separate them into small and achievable goals. Have a rough time span, with clear and flexible stages. It’s a good idea to start with quick and cost-effective renovations, before going ahead with major renovations and improvements.
Make sure you consider green and sustainable improvements at every stage, not just as a supplementation at the end. You’re building something entirely new here, so why not incorporate sustainability from the ground up?
Adding in smart appliances helps you monitor and control your home, as well as helping your home to get more attention in the property market. The Internet of Things is becoming more and more popular, and home automation is on the rise. Worthwhile additions include:
Security devices: security sensors, video monitoring and smart locks protect your home form intruders and helps you keep an eye on your loved ones
Smart plugs: smart plugs can allow you to control particular appliances from your phone or desktop
Climate control: smart thermostats help optimise the climate in your home, and adapt to usage so that energy efficiency is maximised
Lighting: smart lighting increases convenience via automatic or wireless switching and improves the home energy efficiency
Energy management systems: energy management systems give you clear understanding and of the energy use in the household. carbonTRACK can automate heating and the hot water system to significantly reduce energy cost, and breaks down all the electricity use, including those coming in from solar.
You’re upgrading your home; so why not go smart?