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5 Tips To Renovate an Old House

5 Tips To Renovate an Old House Successfully

We all know that renovating an old house can be stressful – it is not easy at all. When dealing with old building materials and structures, special care is sure need to be taken. Old houses are often full of surprises and it can cost you lots to renovate them.


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Without doubt, going over the budget is everyone’s biggest fear when renovating a house. To prevent you from going over budget, here are some tips for you to renovate your old house successfully: 


1. Seek Inspiration

Websites such as Pinterest, Houzz, Apartment Therapy, and even YouTube can give you lots of ideas and inspiration on how to renovate your old house into a house of your dream. There is nothing wrong with spending a little time seeking for inspiration from these sites.

Be careful though; not everything you see in these sites will perfectly suitable for your place, just as colours can look different on different computer screens. Try to create a mood board first and decide a colour scheme before starting your renovation plan. 

2. Design and Plan Carefully 

Planning is one of the most important things to do before renovating an old house. It is way cheaper and less stressful to correct mistakes before the actual renovation project starts. This is why you should plan your renovation plan carefully. You can opt for hiring an architect, interior designer, or even you can try to ‘designing-it-yourself’.

Here are some tips to help you plan your renovation project:

  • Make sure that you have enough budget for your renovation plan.
  • Make a simple ‘yes or no’ list of DIY projects and the ones that you want to be tackled by a professional.
  • Look for reliable contractors and also subcontractors for the jobs that you don’t want to do yourself.
  • Important: apply for a renovation permit! You can get fines and charges if you forgot to apply for certain council permits. 

3. Check for Asbestos 

Checking for asbestos is important if you are planning to renovate an old house. In fact, two of three houses in Australia have some sort of asbestos material in it. Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause you to develop aggressive illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. So, before starting your renovation plan, make sure that your house is free from this dangerous material. Get it checked by a professional! If necessary, the asbestos material must be removed from your house. 

4. Be Clear with Your Contractors 

If you decided to hire a contractor, you should always make your plan clear to them and make sure that they understand before the beginning of any work. By doing this, you can avoid disappointment and also extra costs for having to re-do the work. 

a builder renovating an old house

5. Take a Break! 

Sometimes, the renovation project can be overwhelming. We suggest you to take a little break when you feel like you’re ‘done’ with it. Plan a day trip outside with your family or friends to keep you away from your house until the builders have left for the day. Taking a little break can make things become more bearable get you through your stressful renovation project. Even, just having a picnic or watching a movie in a cinema can make a huge difference. 

It is important to enjoy your renovation project and sometimes, you just have to go to with the flow! However, by bearing these tips in mind, hopefully it can help you to feel armed to tackle on your next old house renovation project. I you do need asbestos removed from your renovation then contact eSkip today to get your free quote!


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