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Home improvement: 20 tips for completing a successful home renovation (part one)!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Renovating a home with selling it in mind can be a difficult task to master, as you want to make it look its best, but at the same time, you won't be as invested as you would be if it was to become your dream home, so how can you get the balance right? As well as keeping a tight grip on your renovation budget, so as to guarantee you the best return possible, you need to ensure that you're decorating in such a way that will tempt buyers to put your property to the top of their wish list and with that in mind, we've looked at how interior designers have finished homes that are destined for resale. We think we've found some handy tips and tricks that will help you with a buy-to-renovate-and-sell project, so come and take a look and see which pitfalls you can avoid!

Home improvement: 20 tips for completing a successful home renovation (part one)!

1. Don't wait to start looking.

modern Houses by Wolff Architects
Wolff Architects

Suburban villa: View Road, Highgate

Wolff Architects

You might only just be thinking about buying a property to renovate and sell, but don't wait to start looking around! Winter can be a great time to snap up a bargain project property!

2. Expect to spend some money.

  by Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd
Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

Fitted Kitchen, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, Scotland

Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

Don't be unrealistic in terms of your budget for a renovation. Old fashioned properties often need total re-wiring, new kitchens and a fresh bathroom suite, so think about a reasonable allowance and have a contingency in place too.

3. Know when to call in professionals.

eclectic Kitchen by LEIVARS
LEIVARS

Porthleven

LEIVARS

If you are a dab hand at DIY that will serve you well in a restoration project, but recognise when it will be time and cost-effective to call in professionals. The longer your house sits unsold, the more it costs you!

4. Think about adding an extra floor.

rustic Living room by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd
Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Millennium Drive : Mezzanine Space

Nic Antony Architects Ltd

If you have selected a property with wonderfully high ceilings, consider adding a mezzanine as part of your restoration. Buyers love extra floors and secret levels!

5. Recognize the value of a fire.

modern Living room by Stovax Heating Group
Stovax Heating Group

Riva Studio Duplex Fire

Stovax Heating Group

Families, in particular, will love homes that have fires already installed, as it will evoke images of cozy evenings and family closeness. They look great too, so it will add to your aesthetic.

6. Keep your decor neutral.

modern Kitchen by GOAStudio | London residential architecture
GOAStudio | London residential architecture

Warwick Avenue, Westminster W9, London | Flat extension

GOAStudio | London residential architecture

We can't stress this enough! You might love bright colors and unusual decor, but potential buyers might not! Your best bet is to decorate very neutrally, as buyers will see the home as a blank canvas, as apposed to a huge project for themselves to tackle.

7. Double check your maths.

Always be sure that you have worked out the area of your home properly. It sounds silly, but you'd be shocked at how many people buy kitchens that won't fit or over estimate how much furniture will fit and that's just a huge waste of money!

8. Apply for planning permission.

modern Houses by Jones Associates  Architects
Jones Associates  Architects

Muswell Hill House 1, London N10

Jones Associates Architects

Even if you don't plan to add an extension to your renovation project property, it's worth applying for planning permission, as that will show potential buyers that there is potential for extending the home at a later date, if they want to. Knowing it won't be contested will be a real draw!

9. Concentrate on the important spaces.

Focus the bulk of your renovation budget on the really key areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, as these will be spaces that need to be used straight away. Choose high-end suite items and luxury hardware and buyers will be blown away.

10. Maintain good proportions.

Master Bedroom: modern Bedroom by Clean Design
Clean Design

Master Bedroom

Clean Design

If you choose to decorate your renovation home to show buyers how it could look when it's fully furnished, don't drown out all the room with bulky furniture. Choose modest pieces that will keep walkways clear and rooms feeling large and airy!

Come back tomorrow for part two, but in the meantime, check out this article: An unbelievable family home renovation.

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