Renovating a flat. How to get it started and get it done – step by step
The big day has come – the renovation works in your flat that you have been talking about for a long time are about to begin. It is undoubtedly a very happy and exciting moment in your life. But it is also clear that the upcoming renovation works can trigger a lot of stress and anxiety too. One of the problematic issues can be the fact that you need to find a safe place to store your things until all the works are completed. In this article, you will learn more about it and also find out what renovation works should look like, step by step.
Renovating a flat – where should I start from?
How should I start renovating a flat? Many of you must be asking yourselves this question, especially if you are inexperienced in this field. Renovating a flat is a big challenge in terms of logistics, as it requires a very good action plan and a lot of commitment. Even though it seems less complicated than, let’s say, renovating the whole house, it can still cause a lot of issues if we don’t plan it properly.
The most important thing that you will need is a plan. Spur-of-the-moment decisions might be full of creative ideas, but in this case they will definitely not do the trick and can drag out the whole renovation process forever.
How long does it take to renovate a flat? It all depends on the extent of the works that you do and also on the fact whether you do it by yourself or hire a professional team and, last but not least, how much money you want to put into it. In other words, renovating a flat can take from a month to even six months.
It’s the same story when it comes to estimated costs. They depend on many factors, therefore, it’s not an easy task to estimate how much you will need to spend on renovating the flat. The final cost is affected by, among other things, the resources you use, workers’ fees and equipment.
Renovating a flat – regulations
Renovating a flat is not the easiest of tasks. First of all, we need to take into consideration the fact that there are neighbours living around us. They might not be very happy if we start drilling into our walls at 6 o’clock on a Sunday morning. We should not forget that certain works require special permissions, for example getting the approval of the housing association or administration. These permissions are exceptionally important if your renovation works will affect the common areas or structural parts of the building.
In order to avoid any conflicts or unpleasant situations, you should take care of getting all the necessary permissions and approvals in advance. Being the owner of your flat doesn’t mean that you are allowed to do any works that come to your mind. You are allowed to conduct renovation works in your flat provided that they will not affect the structure of the common areas in the building.
Renovating a flat step by step
Having a project of renovation works in necessary if we care to get all the works done as quickly as possible. It is exceptionally important if we’re planning to renovate the whole flat. We should not overlook things that might seem trivial at first, for example, fixing poorly insulated windows.
How should I start renovating a flat?
- First of all, take care of all the construction works, such as knocking down partition walls and putting up new ones etc.;
- The next step are all the installation works, e.g., restructuring gas installation;
- changing windows (if necessary);
- all kinds of repair work – restructuring the tiles, evening up the walls and ceilings;
- finishing works on ceilings, walls and floors (the order is important);
- the last step are installation works – installing sockets, lamps etc.
Storing furniture during renovation works – choose self storage
A very important issue that is a nightmare for many people doing renovation works is the issue of storing your furniture and personal possessions. As much as during some small works, it is enough to push your furniture around a little bit or move it to a different room for some time, it is impossible to do when you’re renovating the whole flat. In order to make this emotional and stressful time a little bit easier, it is a good idea to consider self storage services offered by our company.
Why is it worth using self storage services when renovating a house? In case of Less Mess Storage, you can be sure that your valuables, such as clothes, photographs or documents are completely safe while you’re doing all the renovation works. We have a great selection of rooms – both small and very big ones so you will surely find the right one to fit all of your things.
Less Mess Storage is a safe storage solution that guarantees you unlimited access to your things. All the units have been equipped with security systems. And as a client you can digit your own personal access code that allows you to enter the rented unit at any time. This solution is of great help during renovation works.