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How To Renovate your Home on a Budget

Looking to do a renovation on part or all of your home, whilst keeping within budget?

With years of renovation experience, within a number of budgets to suit all clients, Revere have some tips!

Be realistic from the start!

Too often when people try to renovate their home on a budget, they make the mistake of setting their budget too low. Working out a realistic figure and deciding if those numbers are too expensive is key. If it’s going to cost too much and is out of reach at the current point in time, you can always hold off on the renovation whilst you save up enough money that is in budget.

Prior to renovating your house there are certain questions you must ask yourself.  These could potentially save you a lot of money along the way.

The first question is, do you need an architect for your renovation?

Undeniably, certain renovation projects require the services of an architect. However, not all projects have this requirement, particularly small-scale extensions and internal remodels.  An alternative would be asking your building contractor to come up with the plans for the project.

If you do require an architect, it’s worth checking out Homify. This is a ‘pay as you go’ service.  It allows you to select from drawings through to a full design and project management option.  These can be a great asset when planning your budget home renovation.

Getting multiple quotes:

Something many overlook is the ability to receive quotes from more than one contractor. Having multiple quotes is key as the prices from tradesmen can vary drastically.

It’s important to remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best option.  Having multiple quotes will give you a better understand of how much the project should cost.  And allow you to work out what is actually affordable.

Of course, our team of qualified surveyors and project managers would be more than happy to do provide a quote!  Get in touch with us HERE.

Plan for the unexpected within your renovation budget:

Even the tightest home renovation budgets need to have wiggle room to cover any unforeseen expenses. Plan for these costs ahead of time so you’re not taken by surprise if they crop up.

Mixing high end and standard products to meet the budget:

Whilst not all cheap bathroom suites and kitchen offer good value for money, many off-the-shelf ranges have improved in quality drastically in recent years.  This can be a great saving when finalising the budget for your home renovation.

Getting a kitchen and customising it with striking worktops and concealed lighting can offer a more affordable alternative than high end designer ranges.

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Things to Consider Prior to Your Home Renovation.

Undeniably, undergoing a Home Renovation can be tough (and relationship testing).  Whether you’re in for a full renovation or just trying to re-decorate there are a few factors that to consider to ensure the project runs smoothly.

Creating a detailed plan:

Perhaps the most important is creating a detailed plan of the home renovation. Pictures from the internet or from magazines are great for inspiration but writing a detailed plan regarding what materials you want to use is a huge help to contractors. For example, the type of flooring and lighting fixtures you wish to install. The more detailed the plan, the easier it is to determine a budget.

Doing some additional research on what materials are available will be extremely helpful in the long run too. You want to look for something you can afford but that will also serve the correct purpose. Things to consider are durability, function and appearance. 

Finding a contractor is perhaps one of the most crucial steps when undergoing any home renovation. Make sure the contractor is properly licensed and has insurance – this is extremely important. Ask for their portfolio of work or go to see some previous jobs (preferably home renovations) they have done.  This will help you assess the quality of their output. When choosing a contractor, look around, get quotes from a few, and be mindful that the cheapest quote isn’t always the best idea.

Be realistic, if 5 contractors are telling you its going to cost around £40,000 and 1 is telling you it’s going to cost £20,000, then query them.  Ask how they are able to do it so much cheaper than the other quotes you’ve received. Be willing to pay for a good contractor, and be wary of the one who’s cheap and available right away.  Good professional help is worth the money – especially when it come’s to your family home!

Having a ‘remodel timeline’ in place:

Make sure you communicate with your contractor and are both aware of a rough timeline for the renovation to be complete. Having this timeline early on and finding out if you will be able to stay in the house during the work, or, if not, allows you plenty time to find elsewhere to stay. If you are able to stay you must be mindful of the contractor’s schedule, what time they will arrive and leave each day and staying out their way so not to be distracting.   This will allow them to complete the work on time.

Additionally, schedule the bathroom remodelling so you can still use a bathroom (if possible). A positive of staying in the house is that you will be able to keep track of the work being done. However, equally staying away from your home during this time could help to alleviate any stress you may have. 

Depending on the scale of the renovation you’re carrying out, you should prepare yourself for a few practical issues along the way. Namely, an inevitable period of time when you’re without basic services, such as, boilers, electrical meters, consumer units and so on.

What is your budget?

Spending time considering how much you can afford and keeping in mind that you might have to incur some extra costs is extremely important.  Especially given that in the construction industry things don’t always go to plan.

If your contractor asks you to sign a contract, read through it carefully making sure there aren’t any hidden costs. Additionally, kindly ask if there is anything not mentioned in the contract. This way you will have an accurate estimate of your budget.  Plus, overall this will help relieve any worries or stress you may have about the work. 

Planning Permission? 

You might not need planning permission depending on the size and type of your home renovation. A significant number of renovation and extension projects won’t need planning approval at all. These include internal improvements that don’t affect the external look of the building and small extensions. These will be classed as ‘Permitted Development’.

Moreover, you can find out exactly what type of project you can carry out at the Govt Planning Portal.

Ask questions!

There’s no such thing as a dumb question. If you’re unsure of something or don’t understand then query it! Contractors often get caught up talking in construction terms and forget that not everyone is in that industry and sometimes need things in layman’s terms.

As always, Revere Contracts will always be happy to answer any questions you have.  Simply just content us here.

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Revere Awarded ‘Excellence in Attic Conversion Services’ Title

The Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2019 celebrate the success and achievements of firms and individuals that have taken an innovative approach to demonstrate exceptional business performance.

As such, Revere Contracts are pleased to announce we have received confirmation of our selection for the Excellence in Attic Conversion Services (Global) Award.  An annual ceremony, it celebrate companies who not only thrive in the market but also stand the test of time.  Winners are decided by a judging panel of professionals from around the world.

Managing Director Iain Martin said “This award is a testament to the work carried out by our teams, and the quality we are building Revere Contracts on. To be considered on the same level as the other winners is highly impressive and something we are extremely proud of.  Make no mistake though, this is just the start!”

With years of experience in attic conversion, Revere are the number one choice for anyone looking to extend their living space.  Our team can handle all aspects from measurements to decoration.

Voting is still open for the Home Improvement Awards, in which Revere are shortlisted for the following:

  • New Business
  • Customer Service
  • Building Company
  • Extension and Conversion Company

You can vote by clicking here. 


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Revere Nominated for Home Improvement Awards

Revere Nominated for 3 Awards

As part of the annual Home Improvement Awards we have received our first ever nominations – not bad for just the first year of business!

Revere Contracts have been nominated in the following categories:

  • Scotlands Best Building Contractor
  • Scotlands Best New Business 
  • Outstanding Customer Service Award

A big thanks to all that have voted for us so far, please spread the word and help us round off the year in style.

To vote simply CLICK HERE.

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Things to consider before renovating your home with Revere Contracts

Things to consider before renovating your home:


Firstly, you need to know how much you can realistically spend. Renovations can vary drastically in price and it’s important to stick within your budget. 

Design and Styling

Once you have your budget confirmed its time to start looking into how you want your dream home to look. Taking into consideration the budget, list all the furniture and appliances you will need and want.  Do you need extra storage?  What colour schemes? Do you want structural changes?  What kind of worktops do you want in your kitchen? etc.  Also taking into consideration the flooring throughout!


Once you are happy with your choices, you can sit back and relax as our team put together the finalised plan, including a Computer Aided Drawing of the what the finished project will look like.  This will be your chance to make those final changes and perfect everything.  We can then provide you with the final quotation.


Here at Revere Contracts we like to be transparent about your renovation quote. We ensure they always come itemised so you can see what costs are allocated to each individual aspect of  the work.  Again, this is an opportunity for you to make any amendments you wish. 


Of course, whilst the work is ongoing it is likely that the property will be completely off limits.  As such, you’ll have to plan accordingly and ensure you have adequate accommodation for the period your house is being renovated.


We proudly like to plan!  Let us make sure that every aspect of your renovation is accounted for and our team of expert Project Managers and Tradesmen ensure we do exactly as we promised.


We’re well aware of the financial strain a big project like this can cause.  For that reason, we recommend breaking it down into 4 parts:

  • Deposit
  • One payment during the works
  • A payment on completion
  • Final payment after retention period (to ensure you are happy with your new home)


We accept all payments including credit and debit cards, bank transfer and direct debit. There are also finance options, which we can help you arrange, starting with just a 20% deposit! 

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