Home Renovations: what to consider before starting

By Real People at 14 Nov 2017, 15:04 PM


Home renovations can be rewarding and add value to your home, if planned correctly. When you embark on a home improvement project, you will have to ensure the best value for your money.

Here we look at some aspects you should consider before you start on your home improvement project:


Always have a set plan and goals for the duration of the renovation. It’s not always possible, but you should try to stick to your plan to achieve your renovation goals and to avoid the project taking any longer than it should.

It is also important to find out exactly what you can or cannot do on your property during the planning stages of the home improvement project, as most structural alterations to the building require planning permission from your local municipality.


Select a colour scheme to set the mood of interior and exterior home renovations.

Try your best to estimate the quantity of materials needed for each stage of the renovation. The more accurate you are, the more money you save. Keep in mind though, that you would rather have a bit more then you need for any unforeseen adjustments.

Prioritize materials needed. The entire home renovation will run a lot smoother if you can get materials in only when you need them. This will reduce breakages, wastage and storage hassles.

Research the available building materials, fixtures and fittings. There are many composites that mimic more expensive materials, saving you money. Many are often indistinguishable from the real deal.

Keep an eye on proceedings to ensure the agreed upon standard is met.


Know your budget as small changes can add up very quickly.

Budgeting for home improvement projects is essential. Your budgeting should not only include the costs of a building contractor and building material costs; there are additional expenses which should be included in the initial budgeting of the project.

This can include rental costs if you are redoing your bedroom and need somewhere to stay, or dining out expenses if you are renovating your kitchen.

Try and ascertain what you can do yourself and what the contractor needs to do. This will help keep your costs down but also allow you to create the home that you have in your mind.


A detailed timeline of the entire process will help with the allocation of manpower, machine power and funds for your home renovation.

Create a timeline to ensure the project does not take longer than was planned.  It is imperative to do a lot of planning initially to work out how long the project will take.

Included in the timing should be the appointment of a contractor as well as creating a plan/design for the renovations.

Choosing your building Contractor

To find the right contractor, you need to do more than ask for a few references.

Look at some of the building projects the contractor is currently busy with. Talk to clients of prospective contractors and ask them questions with regard to their work ie. Is the contractor difficult to deal with, are they timely, do they work within the project budget?

Obtain and check the potential building contractor’s references. Obtain the addresses and contact numbers of at least three previous projects that they have worked on. Do not appoint any builder who is unable to supply you with contactable references.