House Modernisation

publication date: Sep 23, 2010
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books
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House Modernisation


Modernising your home is something that we see every day on television with ’60 Minute Makeover’ or ‘Changing Rooms’. Both give you the impression that it is easy to modernise your home and you can do it ‘on a budget’. Unfortunately, house modernisation is rarely as easy as the tv programmes suggest! It takes research, planning, careful execution and often means you will need to deal with some crisis along the way.

To start your research on house modernisation, it is essential to sit down and make a list of everything that you want to do to the home. A list which says ‘replace the kitchen’ however isn’t really detailed enough. What you need to do is write down a list of what you want from the new kitchen. For example:-

  • Are you replacing your kitchen ‘like for like’ ie exactly the same number of cupboards, sink etc in the same position?
  • Do you want a complete change in kitchen layout, add a dishwasher when there isn’t one there already, this will cost you more as you are likely to incur extra plumbing and electrical charges for new drainage and sockets?
  • Are you replacing the floor?
  • Do you need to redecorate the kitchen?
  • Do you need to move anything such as a radiator or a window? 

Once you have carried out your research, it’s then time to plan what, when and how you will modernise your home. For example, you need to think through your timings. You may want to fit the kitchen within the next six weeks, but if it’s a bespoke kitchen it may take 12 weeks to have it produced for you. Make sure too that you are not due to be on holiday or really busy at work as you must be at home when the work is done, unless you know and trust the people working on your home.

Careful execution of your home modernisation means you need to be incredibly organised and on top of the work that’s being done to your home. Communication is usually the big reason why things go wrong when modernising your home. This often happens because we think its ‘OK’ to leave builders and trades people to get on with the job, which isn’t always the best idea. There are hundreds of decisions that need to be made during the day when working on a project, so it is much better that you are there all day or can pop back or be available on the phone at a moment’s notice if the people modernising your home need you to make a key decision.

Finally, any work on your gas, electrics, windows, drains or major structural work is likely to need building regulations if not planning. If you don’t get the right certificates from your tradesmen, then it’s likely that you will have difficulty selling your home later on and be in breach of the local authority rules and regulations.

Thinking of modernising your home? Don’t do it without our help, we can save you thousands of pounds by making sure you do everything in the correct order! Be sure to contact Kate Faulkner, one of the UK’s top property experts and author of Which? Essential Guide Develop your Property.

Consider purchasing Kate’s House Modernisation Pack which will include checklists for what you need to do, but better still buying the pack ensures you secure one to one help with your property’s modernisation. For more details contact Designs on Property by emailing enquiries@designsonproperty.co.uk or calling 0845 838 1763.

Still not sure what to do? If you need independent advice on modernising or renovating a property, then contact Kate Faulkner and her team at Designs on Property by emailing enquiries@designsonproperty.co.uk or calling 0845 838 1763.


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