When it comes to buying a property, we have to put a lot of trust in our gut instinct. This is because, for many of us, we get that special feeling when we walk through the door of our future property. It’s something that can’t be described other than having this overwhelming feeling to own that property. However, the problem is, we can’t predict exactly when we will get that reassurance. So what happens if you see a property that requires work or a full renovation? What do you do if that’s the property you have fallen in love with? You either take on the project, or you don’t. It can be daunting to take on a project especially if you have no experience in renovations. Which is why I thought I would share with you a few quick do’s and don’ts of renovating. Maybe these tips and advice might help sway your decision.

Do make sure you seek advice from an architect

If you have big plans for the place that includes changing the layout or even an extension, then make sure you seek advice from an architect. They can draw up your designs that will help you see on paper what you have envisioned. They will also do a correct drawing of plans for extensions when it comes to applying for planning permission. They know what they are doing and are well worth the money and investment. Ensuring you get the job done right the first time.

Small DIY home improvement projects can be fun, but foundation repair is not something that can’t be done as DIY. For example – as a homeowner, you will need to know about crawl space waterproofing – the signs of crawl space problems, methods of doing crawl space waterproofing, and most importantly, years of experience before you attempt to repair it by yourself.

Don’t attempt to take on any extension work without prior permission

It’s may not be obvious to people who are not clued up in the property game. But most extensions to a property require planning permission. Whether that is a bedroom or ground floor living. This can be requested from your local council. There is also strict guidelines if you have happened to purchase a property that is listed. Or of special interest to the local conservation office. Do your homework before making any big changes.

Do make sure the property is structurally sound

To an unprofessional eye, your home may look fine. To a specialist, there may be some structure issues or problems within the foundation. This is why it’s worth calling in contractors to look into the structure. They may perhaps offer a crawl space repair to ensure everything is structurally sound.

Don’t try and tackle work yourself when you are not experienced

We can all be guilty of watching those DIY programmes and thinking to ourselves “how hard can it be?” But the truth be told those professionals make those jobs look easy. When it comes to your investment, make sure you only do the jobs you are experienced in.

Do take your time to get the job done right

Sometimes rushing jobs on a property can cause problems further down the line.

Do enjoy the process and document it

Finally, make sure you document the process from start to finish. These pictures or notes in a  diary can be lovely to look back on, especially once you have completed your renovations.