Five less obvious things you should not forget when renovating your home

Flexistore, the self storage provider, and Tinto Architecturehave teamed up to provide you with excellent tips for renovating your home, many of which are often forgotten about during what can be a busy time!

1. Notify your insurance

This is all too often a forgotten step when you embark on a home renovation project. Richard Tinto, owner of Tinto Architecture, says: “Notifying your home insurance provider is hugely important, as depending on the type of work you want to undertake, it could affect your policy. The best thing to do is call and run your anticipated work past them, as it may have to change for the duration of your project.” Better safe than sorry!

2. Alternative accommodation

 You may need to factor alternative accommodation into your renovation budget. During significant projects, there may be a period of a few weeks where your home is unliveable, as you may have no kitchen, bathroom or even roof!

3. Storage

Richards says: “During renovation projects, dust will get just about everywhere, even in the tiniest cracks!” It is therefore important to store valuable items outside of your home.

Mike Duthie from Flexistore in Aberdeen adds: “Self storage can be the perfect temporary and hassle-free solution during a renovation project. It allows you to keep your belongings out of harm’s way, and also lets you make space for workmen, allowing your project to be completed quicker.”

4. Pick the perfect time

 Timing of a renovation project is critical, and Richard advises not to rush it! Depending on the nature of your project, there may be a time of the year that is most suited. For example if your roof needs to come off, summer is obviously much better as there is less chance of rain. So to avoid delays and increased costs, be clever when planning the time of year to undertake your renovation.

5. Pick the perfect team

One hat does not fit all. To have a smooth and issue-free process, you must select the right people to undertake the right jobs, whether that is builders, designers or architects. Just because Bob the Builder says he can design your entire new extension, use common sense and save yourself hassle and problems in the long run. Plan efficiently!

Good luck with your renovation project!

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