All our advices for a successful renovation
As with construction, renovations must also be done step by step if one wishes to do well. That is why, before starting the work, it is necessary to take into account certain criteria and it is important especially to be able to show organization.
While for some, renovations can be a challenge, for others this work is often underestimated.
In any case, here is a little reminder of the steps to follow to ensure the success of your renovation work.
Define your needs and your budget
Before starting work, you must first define your needs and desires. What type of work do you want to do, what are your preferences, what are your needs, etc.?
The determination of your needs will facilitate the continuation of your work. There are several types of renovations. This can be an energy renovation (to optimize the energy conditions of your home and at the same time save energy expenses), a room renovation (bedroom, office, etc.), a roof renovation (replacement tiles, optimization of the insulation of the roof, renovation of the attic, etc.), a house extension (room addition, extension of terrace, etc.) and many others.
It is essential to clearly define your needs before carrying out the work as this will facilitate the search for specific service providers and who have the necessary skills to start the work. Once you have defined your needs, you must then think of the budget. This is one of the most important elements to consider before the work because it will define the feasibility of your project.
Also, you must first find out about the potential costs of the work and try to find the necessary budget for the work. This will also allow you to see if your means are limited or if you have the opportunity to do this or that work.
Several options are available to help you finance your project. The first is savings. It’s always easier and more satisfying to do your work with your savings.
On the other hand, if you miss the means, you can always look for other options to finance work like bank loans. For these, you must make a precise estimate of your work before making a request at the risk of having insufficient money. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek advice from a professional in this area to guide you in your various steps.
It should also be noted that some renovations may be subsidized under certain conditions. Among his works, we can mention the work of insulation or energy renovation.
You can always check with the appropriate organizations to find out more.
Look for a contractor for the realization of the works
The next step after determining needs and budget is the search for providers. Even if compared to construction work, renovation work is not as complex and important, it is always more practical to ask for the intervention of professionals.
Know that an individual has the right to make requests for quotes from companies specializing in renovation or craftsmen. It is even strongly advisable to make quotations requests in order to find the tariffs most adapted to your means and to your budget.
To help you in your research, you can visit the different sites of specialist companies in the field on the internet. In general, these sites highlight the various services offered by companies as well as an online means of contact to allow you to directly contact the service providers concerned.
In order to find the most adapted rates to your means, do not hesitate to make several requests for quotes. This will make it easier to compare rates and help you find the perfect business.
It is also advisable not only to pay attention to the prices of the services. Indeed, we must also consider qualifications and certifications of all kinds.
Therefore, do not hesitate to learn about the skills of the company as well as these certifications (recognized RGE label Guarantor of the Environment, Qualibat, Eco-craftsman, etc.).
Beware of abnormally low prices as this can hide something bad like the company’s next bankruptcy for example.
If, among other things, you have any doubts, contact the company directly to inquire and obtain more details. Please note that you can also request references as this will allow you to have an overview of the work that the company has already done.
When choosing service providers, do not forget to check that the provider in question has civil liability insurance and the ten-year guarantee.
Prepare the site and follow up on the work
Once you have found your provider, it is now time to start the work. To obtain a rendering that meets your expectations, do not hesitate to talk to your provider.
Give him your plans and share his desires, preferences and needs. As experts in the field, he will find the most suitable solutions to carry out all your renovation work.
For a better organization, you can establish a specification that you will send to the company that will take care of your work. The latter will only have to follow your instructions throughout the work.
You must also establish a relationship of trust with the provider to ensure good communication. Indeed, whatever the type of work, it is always convenient to have a good relationship with the craftsmen who take care of your site. Do not hesitate to draw up a work plan if you feel like it. You can then share it with the project manager who will advise you on the best steps to follow. Do not forget the administrative details.
In general, it is the construction and renovation companies that take charge of the administrative procedures but you can also take care of it yourself. Once all plans are developed, workers and craftsmen can now get into the heart of the work.
Throughout the project, you have every right to follow up. This will allow you to already have an overview of the final result and to correct some elements that do not conform to your requests and your expectations.
We must be very attentive and if it is necessary to ask questions to the craftsmen, do not hesitate to do it. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you must also check the estimate and the final invoice. If, on the other hand, you do not have the time or the skills to carry out the monitoring of the work yourself, know that you can always call on a project manager or an architect. The latter will take over the supervision of your work and will take care of the analysis of the respects of the various conformities in force. However, be aware that even if the fact of calling a professional to monitor the site provides serenity and comfort, it also incurs other additional costs so it’s up to you to judge.