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When you own your own home it’s easy to get carried away with the idea of what you might do to it somewhere down the line . When it actually comes to getting something done your idea and the reality could be two very different things. Here are some things to consider when planning big home improvements.
Budget and contingency funds
When it comes to any kind of home improvement, big or small, it’s always good to set yourself a budget and do your research when thinking about this aspect. As many of us will know, we can plan and budget the best we possibly can but sometimes changes or problems occur. It would be a good idea to add an extra percentage of your budget on top just to make sure you’re covered if you do need additional funds.
Disruption of home life
Home improvements come in all shapes and sizes and big could mean different things to different people. The size of your project may cause quite a disruption to your home, depending on what you’re having done. This could be anything from having your electrics updated, a new bathroom fitted or having whole rooms plastered. If this is the case consider what you can do to make your life easier during this time such as maybe being away for the bulk of the work or ensuring you have alternative rooms to use.
Protecting your belongings
Homes can become a literal building site during home improvements. You might find yourself having to move everything out of one (or more) rooms while having work done and this could put your belongings at risk of being damaged or lost. We don’t always have the extra space at home for these things to be moved to another room but luckily there are facilities that can help you with this, such as Now Storage self storage in Reading. By moving your belongings to self storage you can be sure they’ll be safe and secure until you’re ready for them again.
Take your time
Although it can an exciting time when you start planning something for your home it can be easy to rush into things. Ensure you have put in the time researching tradesmen before agreeing to hire them. Reputation means a lot and it’s so important to ask for recommendations from people you know and trust. You might need something doing quite urgently but you want to make sure you’re hiring the right person who will do the best job for you.
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