The New Year traditionally signals new beginnings – a time when we set out our intentions to better ourselves in the months ahead. It is therefore unsurprising that we receive such a high volume of house renovation enquiries in the New Year from homeowners looking to improve their properties and, in turn, their lives and the lives of their families in the coming year.
A time to reflect
Enjoying hard-earned time off work during the festive period can provide some people with a chance to reflect on what matters most to them. For many, it is the happiness of their family that is paramount, and providing them with a warm and happy home that fulfils all their needs and enables them to live life to the fullest. For others, having extended family and friends come to stay over the holiday season can really ‘hit home’ (excuse the pun!) how desperate they are for additional space!
Planning for the future
With the family all under one roof throughout the Christmas holidays, it can often kickstart conversations about future plans and whether or not that includes any new additions to the family. Incidentally, Christmas is the most popular time of the year for couples to conceive, which might go some way to explaining why we at Revere Contracts see an increase in home extension and home renovation enquiries in the subsequent months!
Investing in the future
The New Year is also a time many people assess their finances and consider where best to invest. For this reason, a house renovation, extension or other such home improvement may prove to be a sensible way to ensure a decent return on investment.
The answer to the winter blues
With the excitement of Christmas over and with months of cold, dark weather still ahead before spring arrives, a house renovation project can offer homeowners a much-needed positive focus. Designing rooms and choosing fixtures, fittings, colour schemes and soft furnishings offers a great opportunity to get creative.
Looking forward to better weather
Whilst the building and construction experts at Revere Contracts can work on projects in virtually any weather, the spring summer months are more conducive to certain tasks than the harsh winter months. External work, for example, is best planned for the summer months, as jobs such as bricklaying is best carried out in dry conditions. Planning home improvement projects can often take time, so it pays to get the ball rolling at the start of the year so work can be carried out in the warmer, drier summer months if possible.
Preparation is key
If your New Year’s resolution involves a new house renovation project, here are a few things to consider:
Work out your budget: How do you plan to finance the project – savings, loan, credit card, for example?
Get the most bang for your buck: Think about what changes you and your family would most benefit from. For example, do you need extra room to cook and dine with a rear kitchen extension? Or perhaps you could do with an extra bedroom, en-suite and home office thanks to an attic conversion?
Ask permission: Check if you will need Planning Permission and Building Regulations Consent, bearing in mind that Planning Permission can takes up to several months to be granted.
Call in the experts: When looking for architects, structural engineers, builders, joiners and electricians, ask around for recommendations from neighbours, local friends and families. Obtain more than one quote for comparison, take a look at the company’s previous work on their website or social media to get an idea of their skills and standards, and check out online reviews and testimonials on sites such as Houzz and Bark.
If you are currently picturing how different your life could be this time next year and you are interested in building, renovating or improving your home in the coming months, speak to the building and construction experts at Revere Contracts. Simply call us on 0345 241 7010 to arrange a free, no-obligation appointment.