Planning Renovations for Yourself and for Buyers

Your home may have been your dream home when you first purchased it, but styles change, people change, and lives change. You, your life, and your family situation may have changed so much that you want to sell and move to an entirely different dream home. On the other hand, you might return your home to dream home status by refreshing it with a new, different look — a bathroom with a spa look or a wet room instead of a standard bath, a more open living area, or an outdoor living space. Either way, renovations may be in order. Here are some tips for completing a renovation project with ease and within budget.


When you are enthusiastic about living with your new renovation or anxious about getting one done so you can get your house sold and move to your new place, planning may feel like a tedious delay in the action. However, thorough planning speeds the process and reduces costs by avoiding mistakes that need to be corrected. Proper planning also ensure that you have all the information you need to have your renovation approved by your local council. Contacting a building design company like Precision Planning,, from the beginning can be a tremendous help. Such established companies work with local councils regularly. They know what information is needed. They also know what renovations will and will not add value to your home, and their expertise allows them to detect issues, such as the presence of asbestos, and deal with it before it creates a larger issue.

Planning Kitchen and Bath Renovations

Carrying your planning into the specifics of your project is as important as overall planning. For example, taking careful measurements during the planning stage ensures that you buy exactly the right size cabinets for a bath or kitchen renovation. You won’t have a delay while waiting for the wrong cabinets to be exchanged for the right ones. If you have a contractor and construction crew waiting while the exchange is made, the delay costs you money as well as time.

Research and planning before making renovations for a sale allows you to discover which changes bring the highest return on investment. For example, unless your home is in the extremely high-end market, you don’t need to install the expensive ranges and other appliances you see on television remodeling shows. All you might need is to change the cabinet doors or the door handles and faucets.

A bathroom with a spa look, especially for a bathroom associated with the master bedroom, adds appeal for some buyers. It certainly shouldn’t deter buyers. However, install a wet room if you are renovating for yourself and you plan on remaining in your home for another 10 years or so. If you aren’t installing it for yourself, though, don’t install it thinking it will encourage a fast sale. Some buyers may see it as a water problem waiting to happen.

Planning Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

If you want to create an open living space, be careful about making it a DIY project. Be certain you know which are the load bearing walls in your home before knocking the wrong wall down. If you want to remove a load bearing wall, install support for the ceiling first.

Some projects, such as an outdoor kitchen, are simply too expensive to provide a good return on your investment. Other projects are not only expensive but also can deter the sale of your home. So, if you don’t already have a swimming pool or water features such as a pond, installing one could delay the sale. Families with small children may view swimming pools and ponds as potentially tragic accidents while others will be put off by the time and expense required to maintain these features.

When considering your renovations, always wisely make a distinction between whether you are planning for yourself or an unknown buyer, and be guided accordingly.