Plan a budget
Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to. That’s why planning a budget is one of the most important aspects of any project. Before you begin, look at all the parts of your project and how much each step will cost. You’re budget will show you exactly what’s possible with the money you have available.
Find a builder
A good builder will take on the bulk of your project. They have all the experience and know-how, so it’s worth taking the time to find the right one. It’s a good idea to get a few estimates first so you can compare prices and quality before you make your final choice.
If you’re planning major renovations in your home then it might be worth hiring an architect. Their specialised skills and training will ensure your ideas can be brought to life. However, if your project isn’t too complicated and you have a skilled builder, then working without an architect will save you money.
Many home improvements don’t require any planning permission, but it can be costly if you don’t check with your local authority first. This is especially true with older buildings, which often have conservation constraints.
Building regulations are designed to ensure that your renovations are safe and legal. Contact your local authority to find out if you need any special permits before you begin.
If your project include any major structural work such as knocking down a wall or building an extension then it's worth getting a structural survey completed. Not all cases require a survey so speak to your builder first. They'll be able to advise you on this.
Set a timeframe
Your project should have a beginning and end. Agreeing an end date with your builder helps manage your expectations – and more importantly, your budget. Although most VELUX roof windows can be installed in a day, setting a schedule helps you keep track of delivery dates and times when people will need access to your home.