If you're new at it, kickstarting a home renovation project is a humongous task. It involves hours of research and a whole lot of money.

Whether you're renovating to enhance the house's resale value or building your dream home, you need to ensure proper and meticulous planning. Attention to detail is the key to a successful house renovation

You need to plan everything- from hiring professional experts to getting the right materials. Everything has to be in place so that the actual construction work can go on without a hitch. Sounds a bit hectic, right?

We're here to help you through the entire renovation process. Our step-by-step planning guide will help you develop a clear renovation plan to avoid significant obstacles.

So, without further ado, let's get started! 

A Step-By-Step Renovation Planning Guide 

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Step 1: Set Out Renovating Goals

The first question that you need to ask is - why are you renovating? There must be a reason that motivated you to take on a complete home renovation project, so it's always best to set out those renovating goals. 

If you're renovating the house to expand it, you can avoid moving to a new place in the near future. In that case, think about expanding your existing bedrooms and bathrooms for future use. Also, consider the amount of living space while renovating the house, especially if you have kids in the family. 

In contrast, if you're renovating to enhance the value of your property to sell it, it's best to discuss the remodelling details with a professional real estate agent. When renovating a house for profit, you need to know what's trending in the local real estate market and plan the renovation budget accordingly.

On the other hand, if you're renovating to restore any old property, it's best to address the major structural drawbacks of the house. Hence, you need to invest a large portion of the budget for dealing with any such structural issues. 

Step 2: Keep Your Development Application In Order 

Depending on your house's renovation and expansion work, you'll need to submit a Development Application (DA) to the local council so that they can approve the renovation work. Without due approval from the authorities, you cannot commence any property renovation work. 

You can speed up the approval process by keeping your DA well-organised and getting in touch with the local authorities as soon as possible. Reach out to the personnel responsible for approving your DA and follow all the necessary rules and regulations to submit the application and get it approved in time. 

Step 3: Feasible Budget Estimation 

Proper budgeting is an integral part of the renovation plan that helps you get the job done at a reasonable price. It's best to get written quotes from professional builders that clearly highlight the services included within your price range. 

Also, budgeting will include expenses on materials, labour costs, GST, taxes, and levies. Not only that, but you also need to keep track of all the additional expenses, including council permits and storage. 

Once the full budget estimation is done, you can apply for a home loan, construction loan, or a mortgage if your financial resources are limited. You can also hire an expert to work on your renovation budget

Step 4: Bring In The Experts

You can hire qualified architects to help you design the house without much hassle. In fact, hiring an architect can considerably cut down the renovation time and cost. So, with the help of a professional architect, you can develop a renovation design by following all the local building regulations. 

You'll also need to hire a contractor to oversee the entire renovation work, from sourcing materials to construction. Plus, your contractor will help you get in touch with electricians and plumbers during the house renovation.

On top of this, you can also bring in an interior designer who'll handle the entire interior decor of the house if you have enough budget. But, if you're willing to visit all the home decor shops to keep the budget limited, you can avoid hiring an interior designer altogether. 

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Step 5: Avoid Overcapitalisation

Consider the number of family members and the bedrooms or bathrooms you'll need when renovating. Also, if you're planning to expand the house by adding new bedrooms, it's better to consider how long you want to stay in the house to avoid overcapitalisation. 

If you end up adding more rooms that you need, it will increase the renovation and maintenance costs of the house. So, if you're planning to live there for a limited time, try not to overcapitalise on the renovation. 

Step 6: Add Value To The House

A good renovation can greatly help in increasing the value of your house. The sparkling bathroom fixtures, the cosy bedrooms, and the expensive countertops and kitchen cabinets all make your house an attractive property to buyers. 

Even though you may not be interested in selling the house immediately, a complete house renovation will add value to the property. So, if you ever decide to sell the house, you'll earn a good profit.

Step 7: Choose High-Quality Materials

High-quality materials can enhance the house's lifespan and prevent you from wasting extra money on repairs and remodelling. Consider structural integrity, durability, environmental impact and sustainability, thermal performance, and moisture resistance while choosing the materials for your house renovation

For instance, using timber or steel for a lightweight frame construction can reduce the environmental impact of your house. You can also use recyclable materials like bricks and timber beams to enhance the quality and sustainability of your house. 

Step 8: Finalise The Interior Design

Depending on the interior design of your house, you need to select all the external and internal materials, including doors, windows, walls, roofs, floors, and even furniture. Whether you want a modern or farmhouse-style house will decide the entire renovation design. 

If you want the house to have a cohesive and well-coordinated look, you'll need some holistic interior design planning. 

Step 9: Keep Track Of The Paperwork

Closely monitor all your expenses and the project timeline throughout the renovation process to stay on top. Avoid payment delays and strictly stick to your budget to avoid poor quality work or hidden expenses. 

Also, carefully store all the bills, receipts, and other paperwork to keep track of all the renovation work. You can avoid any major setback or financial crisis and carry out the project in time. 

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The Time Has Come For You To Renovate!

It's impossible to undertake a major renovation project without proper planning. But, even then, you'll need to hire the best professional experts who can carry out your house renovation with the utmost perfection.

That said, we hope our step-by-step planning guide can help you develop a feasible and practical renovation plan that fits your budget and requirements. Take one step at a time and try not to get too overwhelmed by the entire renovation process. 

If you would like to speak to a professional Sydney builder about your renovation project, call the team at Final Touch. We are licensed and experienced builders, specialising in commercial and residential remodelling projects.

And on that note, happy renovation, and we'll see you next time! 

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