If you’re considering taking on a renovation project, here are six things to do before committing to the process.
One of the most desirable things about a move to Ireland is that it’s possible to snap up fantastic properties with considerable plots of land for a not too hefty price tag. When you find yourself a bargain of this nature, it can be tempting to get lost in daydreams of how you could renovate that property into the Irish bolthole of your dreams. If you want to renovate but your knowledge of what it entails is sourced entirely from TV programmes, there are a number of matters you’ll need to consider before making a final decision. Today the Ireland Property Guide is offering our top tips on things to do prior to undertaking any kind of renovation project.
Before you get carried you will need to establish whether your plans are legally viable.
1 – Research is key
If you’ve never undertaken a renovation project, be well aware of what you’re getting into by immersing yourself in this busy and helpful community. There is a world of blogs, magazines and exhibitions and other renovators are always pleased to pass on their tips (and horror stories!). Reach out and ask questions of as many people as you can. It’s important to learn from other people’s experiences and mistakes.
2 – Planning permission
The scale and variety of renovation you will be able to undertake will depend on the type of property you own and where it is located. Before you get carried away choosing tiles and scouring the internet for interior designers, you will need to establish whether your plans are legally viable. In many instances you will need to get planning permission approved by your local council before any further steps can be taken. This process can involve a lot of waiting, so if you’re 100% set on your plans – get this application in early.
3 – Set a budget
As you would with a house purchase, you need to sit down and work out how you are going to fund the project and exactly how much you can afford to spend on it. Most of our readers who’ve already made the move to Ireland have done so in pursuit of a more peaceful way of life – taking on a stressful and expensive renovation project might be the last thing you need.
4 – How disruptive will the renovations be?
How significant are your plans? Will they require you to move elsewhere while they’re completed? If so, how long will you be displaced for and how much will the cost of renting another property eat into that all-important budget? Is it viable to have the renovation work done before you actually move to Ireland? It’s easy to get carried away and not think about the nitty gritty of a large-scale renovation project but the more thorough you can be, the better.
5 – Why are you renovating?
Whether you’re renovating a property to use as a B&B or to transform it into your forever home, having a clear aim for your project is essential to keeping you on track. Knowing your reasons for taking on the project will help keep you focused when challenges arise. If this is a personal project rather than a business project do bear in mind that it can be easy to get carried away. Once you get lost in the world of renovation options it can feel like you need all the most expensive items, and that you can’t possibly live without this or that. Make a list of ‘needs’, ‘wants’ and ‘nice to haves’; when your budget is tight, having options categorised like this will make it far easier to say no to something.
Whether you’re renovating a property to use as a B&B or to transform it into your forever home, having a clear aim for your project is essential to keeping you on track.
6 – Contact the experts
Once you know for sure that you’re committed to the project you need to start contacting the people capable of making it happen. Ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations for builders and architects, seek out different companies and a number of quotes. You want to ensure that the contractors you go for understand your vision and that they can create it for a price you can afford.
The Ireland Buying Guide takes you through each stage of the property buying process, with practical recommendations from our experts who have been through the process themselves. The guide will help you to: