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Top tips for Renovating a House

Renovating your house can be an exciting experience and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to change your living environment. Some people renovate their house to get a better price for it when they want to sell it, while others like to add to the comfort of their home, create more space and make it more energy efficient.

Whatever the reasons for a renovation are, in most cases it will not be cheap. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that can help make renovating your house easier and more cost effective.

Tips and tricks for renovating your home

• If you are renovating and decorating to resell your property, you should make sure to choose classic colours and designs that appeal to a broader range of people. Otherwise a too unique decoration might put possible buyers off.

• Know exactly what you want from your renovation. That means you should make decisions before the work starts. Time is quite literally money, so make sure you can talk to somebody who can guide you through the process of the work so that any possible decision can be made in advance.

• Get as many recommendations and quotes as possible from builders and then pick the one that offers the best quality for the fairest price. Going for the cheapest option is not always wise as you might end up having to pay even more if the job is botched. So don't be afraid of calling up the references provided to make sure that previous customers are happy with the builders' work.

• Research and make use of useful apps and sites such as the Totally Money's "Cheapest Ways to Borrow" tool. It tells how you can borrow money cheaply and how long it will take you to pay it back.

• Paying for renovations in cash can be a good solution but if your savings get a good interest then you should think about whether in the long run it would not have been cheaper to pay for it with your credit card. You should look into this before beginning the renovations.

• Make sure whatever renovations you have planned will go with the rest of the house. A grand conservatory will look great on a country estate but it can look out of place on a small town house. You should work with the property and not against it to increase its appeal. This could possibly up the resale price as well.

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