So we’ve all watched the TV programmes – Property Ladder etc. We sit and think we could do better than that, surely it’s so easy! Easy to pass judgement when it’s not you doing it and not your money involved.

There is certainly a lot of skill involved in doing a renovation project. One of the main things that you need to do is TO PLAN. Good organisation skills are essential when doing something like this.

You need to decide on your exit strategy up front. Are you going to buy and hold and let the property out or are you going to refurbish the property then try to sell it – flipping. Having more than one exit strategy will reduce your risk. “Begin with the end in mind” Stephen Covey

Make sure you do you research:

  • Research the area – so that you can really target the sort of people who will want to live there, keep your target market in mind when you start to develop your plans.
  • Find a suitable property.

Remember don’t get personal; don’t be tempted to buy things just because you would like them. Don’t spend lots of money on the latest gadgets or technology. This is not going to be your home; you are in this to make a profit!

We have some great eBooks that will help you with a refurbishment project.

How to Maximise Space Around the Home

  Making the most of the space available in your home is extremely important, especially if your property is on the smaller side. Barratt Homes found that 77% of people in this position considered the size of a home to be the deciding factor when they were browsing houses. Whether you want to create the illusion of more space or simply try out some practical space-saving techniques, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your limited space. Bright Paint Light colours can make a room look bigger and brighter. By choosing light and bright paint, your walls become more reflective and makes the room feel open and airy, maximising the natural light in the room. Avoid dark colours wherever possible, they absorb light which can make your room look smaller. The best colours for a spacious effect include soft tones such as...
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7 top tips for furnishing your new home

  Collecting the keys for your new home is the day you’ve been patiently waiting for. You’ve been binge-watching home improvement programmes and you can’t wait to make your mark on the new pad. From decorating to buying new furniture, we understand why you are eager to get your new place looking homely as quickly as possible. But before you rush out and buy the latest paint colours and fill a van up with flat-packed furniture from IKEA, you’d be wise to take a breath and make a plan. Proper planning will save you thousands in wasted purchases and potential decorating disasters. We’ve put together 7 top tips for furnishing your new home with style, plus the common mistakes people make. 7 Top Tips for furnishing your new home   1.      Make a plan - ideally sketch out a floor plan. There are lots of easy to use free room...
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It’s What Underneath that Counts

There’s no denying that a renovation project, be it a room, a hallway or an entire house, can end up being very expensive. Once you start pricing things up, you start looking for corners to cut, the cheapest selections, ex-display items and special offers. You want to keep spending to a minimum, that’s for sure. Flooring is important It's important not only because it’s what you walk on, it’s because every room needs some kind of flooring, and most people set aside a huge portion of the overall budget to make sure they get what they want – be it vinyl, ceramic tiles or parquet. Many people, however, are tempted to skimp on their flooring underlay – you can’t see it, so why blow your budget on it? It’s tempting to leave the old underlay in place, or just find any old cheap solution and hope for the best. The...
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Kerb appeal: choosing the perfect garage door for your property

  Are you building a new garage or replacing an existing garage door? If so, you’ll likely be thinking about what style will best suit your property. If you are simply thinking a garage door is a garage door and functionality is more important than style, think again. While functionality and durability are important factors when choosing a garage door, the aesthetics will make all the difference to the kerb appeal of your home. Your garage is an extension of your house so when it comes to style - it should be treated as such. Just as the front door to your home makes an important impression, so do the doors to your garage. Choose carefully and you’ll be adding style and value to your home. We know it sounds dramatic, but make the wrong choices when it comes to the colour, material and style of your garage doors and...
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Designing a Functional Bathroom

Whether it is time for you to replace your existing bathroom or install a new one coming up with a good design is essential; key to this is getting the layout right. To help you with this we have put together a list of the things that you need to consider when designing a family bathroom.   Use all of the available space It is important to use all of the space that you have available. When you sit down to draw up your design think about this, and position everything so that there are as few small gaps between items as possible. If there are any gaps, try to turn it into storage space rather than leave it empty.   Choose the right type of bathroom suite The style of your bathroom suite is important, but you also need to consider how functional it is as well. If members...
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