Plan a budget
Without a budget, any renovation can become disastrously expensive. That’s why planning a budget is one of the most critical aspects of any project. Before you begin, look at everything that needs to be done and how much each step will cost. Your budget will show you exactly what’s possible with the money you have available.
Find a builder
A good builder will take on the bulkiest and most difficult aspects of your project. They have all the needed know-how, so it’s worth finding the right one. It’s a good idea to get a few quotes and references first so you can compare prices and quality before you make that important choice.
If you’re tackling major renovations in your home, then it might be worth hiring an architect. Their specialised skills and training will ensure your ideas can be brought to life. However, if your project isn't too complicated and you have a skilled and trusted builder, then doing without an architect will save you money.
Most smaller home improvements projects don’t require any planning permission, but it can be costly if you don’t check with your local authority first. If in doubt, check with the relevant authority before work commences.
Building regulations are to ensure that your renovations are safe and legal. Contact your local authority to find out if you need any special permits before you begin.
If your project includes any major structural work such as knocking a wall down or building an extension, then it's worth getting a structural survey completed. Not all cases require a survey, so speak to your builder first to get their advice.
Set a timeframe
Your project should have a beginning and end. Agreeing to an end date with your builder helps manage your expectations, their workload – and more importantly, your budget. Although most VELUX skylights can be installed in a day, setting a schedule helps you to keep on top of delivery dates and when people will need access to your home.