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A Brief Guide to Renovating Your Property


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Renovating your property can be a daunting project since there are many aspects to consider, such as deciding what kind of remodeling you want, deciding on a budget, working on costing, obtaining necessary permits and hiring the right contractor for the job.  Renovating your property does have its advantages - like raising the value of the property.  Many homeowners leverage their home equity to fund their home renovation costs, often when they have plans to put their homes up for sale.

Getting started with property renovation

To get the best results, renovation should start with meticulous planning and taking in consideration the reasons for the renovation. 

Budgeting for the project is the second step.  Take into account various factors such as financing the project, material and labour costs, building permits, contractors’ fees, the time frames involved and likely price fluctuations. It is good idea to shop around home improvement stores to get an idea of what you can expect in terms of  materials and other accessories based your plans.

Planning for building permits follows next, in case you plan to carry out structural changes in your home. The type of permit might vary depending on the job.   Obtaining these permits is best left to your contractor as this is not only part of project; it also saves you time, while ensuring that you are legally protected.

Hiring the right contractor for your renovation project

Perhaps the most important aspect of renovating your property is finding the right contractor.

After you have compiled a shortlist of contractors, interview them and ask them for details of their most recent projects. Most contractors can show pictures of their work. An efficient contractor would also be able to produce a list of satisfied customers who can provide references.

Ideally, choose a contractor with a reputation for delivering on time, using quality materials, has sufficient insurance coverage and offers a solid warranty. You also need to make sure that the contractor provides you with an estimate that includes all the details that you understand and approve, prior to signing the contract.

Laubscher & Young is a turnkey construction company with more than 20 years combined experience serving clients in and around the Western Cape, having successfully completed residential, civil, industrial and commercial construction projects

Contact us to find out how we can assist with renovating your property.

Date Posted: 2011-05-19
Posted By: Decor and Furniture
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