In most cases of a renovation, the total cost and finishing time was higher than planned. To stay on top of the cost of your home improvement you need to follow some necessary steps before you start.
Make sure you get several quotes in writing to compare, that clearly state which costs and services are covered (transport, materials, labour, weekend or holiday rates etc.). Ask for a realistic timeframe and how any changes to it will be handled. Also Ensure you are provided with a certificate of public liability insurance, domestic building insurance and check with your local council to see if any building permits are required. Feel free to ask us for accredited local professionals you can hire.
Homes are designed and built for adult use and comfort, so their heights, spaces and structures can very often present hazards to children. By looking at your home from the eye level of your young child, you can understand better how some very simple alterations can help the most vulnerable members of your family explore more safely.
Here are some ideas:
- Have an electrical safety switch (circuit breaker) installed to prevent electrocution, as well as, safety plugs fitted in unused power points.
- Have a fire protection system (smoke alarms and fire extinguisher).
- Lock your medicine cupboard and put child-resistant locks on the oven and fridge doors, toilet or bathroom door and on cupboard doors or drawers where dangerous household goods are kept (e.g. cleaning products).
- Make sure that the hot water delivery temperature for your bathroom is set at a maximum of 50oC (122oF).
- Install barrier gates on stairs, steps and changes in floor levels to prevent falls.
Improving Your Curb Appeal
Although, for most people, the interior renovation is a bigger priority, when you put your house for sale you should know that first impressions matter and prospective buyers are more likely to make it through the door if they like what they see on the outside. A fresh lick of paint on the walls or just a fresh new colour on your front door can do wonders with your home`s exterior.
A nice idea would be to enhance the entrance with a paved area or driveway, given of course that the space and your budget allow it. Don`t neglect to fix little things, like some missing tiles, a hanging gate or an old mail box. Also, try and landscape the areas around your home. Choose attractive plants and trim the existing large bushes.
Homes Adapted for Disabled People
Experiencing at least a temporary disability is a common phenomenon, so if you are trying to rent your home a good idea would be to make it accessible to disabled or elderly renters. Start by adding ramps and widening all doorways so that a wheelchair fits through them easily. Remodel the bathroom by installing a walk-in styled bath or shower and ask your contractor to adjust the cabinet under the sink so that a wheelchair can roll over.
Make sure there are support handles and bars throughout the house and create storage areas that are convenient at knee level.