Deciding to renovate your home or thinking about purchasing a property with the intention of renovation is an exciting choice for any homeowner. The possibilities and potential seem endless.
It can be easy to get swept up in your imagination and dreams for a property, only to find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of how and where to begin the process and what questions to ask.
This is where HouseholdQuotes can offer guidance and advice on home renovations projects, how much they’re likely to cost, what’s going to impact these costs, how you can save money and the best way to find qualified tradespeople to help you work on your fixer-upper.
A home renovation project is highly personal and deeply rewarding, but it does require a substantial amount of research and insight into home development and renovation. HouseholdQuotes has compiled this guide featuring the most essential home renovation projects and broken down their estimated costs and time frames to make your life just that little bit easier when it comes to beginning your home renovation journey.
How Much Do Home Renovations Cost?
Each home renovation project is unique and guided by the desires and visions of the homeowners themselves. For that reason, we can’t offer you a single, all-encompassing figure for the cost of your home renovation project.
We can, however, give you breakdowns for costs of home renovation projects, as well as sound advice on navigating these projects with top tips.
The table below takes a look at the most common home renovation projects in the UK, their estimated cost and the estimated time required to complete the job to give you some insight into what you can expect if you’re thinking of undertaking any of these projects in your property.
|Project||Estimated Cost||Time Required|
|Extensions (single storey)||£40,000-£67,000||3 months|
|Kitchen renovation (10 sqm)||Kitchen renovation (10 sqm)||3-5 days|
|Painting and decorating||£1,550-£4,250||1-2 weeks|
|Roof replacement||£4,250-£7,250||3-7 days|
|Central heating||£2,300-£4,500||3-5 days|
|Bathroom renovation||£2,750-£7,000||2-3 weeks|
|Windows and glazing||£1,550-£11,600||1-2 days|
|Plumbing||£40-£65 per hour||Dependent on scale of job|
|Garage conversion||£4,995-£7,500||3-4 weeks|
As the table demonstrates, there’s a wide variety of home renovation jobs and they all differ in pricing and the time required to complete the job.
The most expensive home renovation job by far is a home extension (single-storey), which can cost between £40,000-£67,000 and take three months to complete.
A kitchen renovation of ten square metres is likely to cost between £1,400-£12,500 depending on the style and materials used. It is estimated to take between three to five days to complete.
Painting and decorating jobs are likely to cost you between £1,550-£4,250 and could take between one to two weeks to complete.
A roof replacement project is estimated to cost you between £4,250-£7,250 and take between three days and a week to complete.
Plastering is a common home renovation job and is likely to cost between £390-£1,375. Depending on the scale of the job, it could take from one to four days to complete.
Rewiring is an important job to get completed correctly and so could cost you between £1,900-£12,000 for a project and take between four to 15 days to complete.
If you’re thinking of installing a conservatory on your property, it’s likely to take between three to four weeks and cost between £6,250-£17,00.
Central heating is a hugely important feature of a property and is estimated to cost between £2,300-£4,500 to have installed within a three-to-five-day timeframe.
A full bathroom renovation is going to be quite an expensive project and could cost you £2,750-£7,000 and two to three weeks to be completed.
Windows and glazing are estimated to cost between £1,550-£11,600 depending on the size and style of the windows. This project is likely to take one or two days to complete.
If plumbing is part of your home renovation project, a professional is likely to charge you between £40-£65 per hour and the amount of time it would take to complete any plumbing job is entirely dependent on the job itself.
A garage conversion is a popular home renovation project and will likely cost between £4,995-£7,500 depending on the size and complexity of the renovation. It will likely take between three to four weeks to complete a garage conversion.
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What Affects the Cost of a Home Renovation?
Home renovation costs are going to differ depending on several factors that we take a more in-depth look at in this guide. It’s important to remember that no home renovation project will be the same as another and that when you begin to budget for any projects you must take into account the possibility of some disruption or unforeseen costs.
House or Room Size
A great place to start when you’re examining the costs of your home renovation project is by looking at the size of the task at hand.
Are you renovating a four-bed detached property or a two-bed terraced house? The difference in size between these two properties will likely be substantial and due to this affect the final cost.
The larger the property, the more expensive any supply and labour costs will be for the project.
If you’re working to a tighter budget, take into account sizing before you begin. Perhaps you could search for a smaller property on the market than what you’d envisioned or if you already own the property you’re looking to renovate, consider what is essential for the renovation and what can be left to help you cut the final cost down.
Scope of the Project
There is a really big difference between a home renovation that includes painting a few bedrooms and a home renovation that requires gutting the entire property to begin again from the ground up.
If you’re only looking to have a few smaller jobs taken on, such as painting and decorating, some plastering or new plumbing then you can expect your final costs to be a lot lower than a home renovation project that consists of a new bathroom suite, rewiring the entire house and adding an extension to the property.
If you are planning to do a particularly large home renovation, do take into account the differences between each room of the house. For example, the work you may need to do for your bathroom will be dramatically different from the work you could require for a living room or kitchen.
It’s a good idea to get as specific as possible with what you want to change in each room and understand how this will impact the cost of the project.
Prioritise the essential renovations first. If you need new plumbing or rewiring, these types of jobs should take priority over jobs such as painting and decorating because they directly impact the safety of the residents in the home, as well as the overall functionality of the home.
Choice of Materials and Finishes
One of the reasons home renovations are so popular is because they offer you the opportunity to renovate your house to your exact requirements, right down to the choice of materials and finishes. This offers you vast freedom of choice with what kind of appliances and materials you want to be used in your home.
The choices you will make will, however, impact the final cost of the project. More common and easily sourced materials will cost less than higher grade or exotic materials, though you may sometimes run into issues of quality if you consistently choose the cheapest material.
There are ways you can mix the two – look into the possibility of feature walls (one wall of the room decorated in your more expensive and luxurious material and the rest in a more cost-efficient one), highlight specific high traffic areas of the home for the more expensive materials or wait for sales of your favourite materials in DIY stores where you can purchase them at a cheaper price.
As you embark on your home renovations projects it will become clear that where you are located in the UK will undoubtedly impact the final cost of any home renovation projects you choose to undertake.
If you’re located in central London and the southeast, you can expect the prices for any home renovation projects to be pricier than for a property located in the Midlands, northern England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Top 12 Household Renovation Projects
We’ve compiled a list of the top 12 household renovation projects undertaken by homeowners in the UK. This guide will give you a basic outline of each project as well as typical costs and estimated time frames to help you piece together your own household renovation project.
Extensions are a much-loved home renovation project, as they not only add additional rooms and more living space to your property but also have the potential of increasing the overall property value. HouseholdQuotes’ guide to extension costs, is a useful read to help you understand all the cost factors involved in adding an extension to your property.
Extensions are large projects, and you need to take into account planning permission if you’re considering adding any kind of extension to listed properties, homes in conservation areas or if the work you are planning on doing falls outside of your permitted development rights.
A planning application in England costs £206 and you should contact your local planning authority to find out their planning application fees if you are located in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
There are quite a few different types of extensions that might catch your eye and the best type for you largely depends on the type of property you own or are looking to purchase and the amount of additional living space you want to be added.
A single-storey extension will expand your living space and will be built onto the home where one or more sides of the extension adjoin the property, and the extension is only built on the ground floor or basement. This type of extension gives you the opportunity to add a bedroom, living room, snug or extended dining area.
Including fees for any architect or engineer you may need to bring on board, alongside planning applications and building regulations costs, a single-storey extension could cost from £40,000-£67,000.
If you’re looking for a larger extension you could opt for a two-storey extension. A two-storey extension is likely to add more value to your property and gives you more space both upstairs and downstairs. A two-storey extension will cost more than a single storey extension due to more materials and labour needed.
Including fees for any architect or engineer you may need to bring on board, alongside planning applications and building regulations costs, a two-storey extension could cost £76,000-£120,000.
You also have the option for kitchen or bathroom extensions, though these projects can be a little more complicated due to the plumbing that’s involved. There’s such a wide range of designs for bathrooms and kitchens available that the cost involved will all depend on your individual choices.
It’s likely a bathroom or kitchen extension could cost from £5,000-£10,000.
With all extensions, whether you’re thinking of getting a bungalow extension or a two-storey extension, you need to have consulted with your local planning authority beforehand. It’s a great idea to use an extension calculator to help you figure out your costs and source quotes from a range of different professionals to help you get started.
For home design fanatics, the kitchen is usually the main feature of glorious dreams about the perfect home. Our up-to-date guide on how much a new kitchen costs walks you through the steps involved in installing a new kitchen and the prices you might come up against whilst doing so.
Prices for kitchens can be incredibly expensive, particularly if you’re thinking of installing higher quality appliances. This means it’s a really good idea to set your budget for a new kitchen before you begin planning.
If you decide to budget once you’ve finished planning out a new kitchen with marble counters and highly technologically advanced appliances, you might find out that you’ll be paying a lot more than you’d anticipated. Budgeting beforehand will allow you to be realistic when looking at furnishing and appliances and will give you peace of mind that you know you can afford what you’re hoping to purchase.
A kitchen renovation of ten square metres is likely to cost between £1,400-£12,500, with the average price being around £8,000, not including any preparation work that may need to be done before the installation can begin. This kind of work could include removing the old kitchen, plastering or even rewiring and plumbing.
As kitchens do hold a lot of wires, it’s best to get any rewiring done by a qualified electrician for your own safety. A rewiring kitchen job could cost between £300 and £900 depending on the size of the job and the number of appliances you have.
It’s common for homeowners and families to spend a vast amount of time in the kitchen, not only preparing and cooking food, but holding social engagements or simply meeting with your family and spending time together. This makes a kitchen a high traffic area in your house, and it’s vital that extensive and detailed planning is done before a new kitchen is installed.
When you sit down to plan out your ideal kitchen, make sure to get as specific as possible with pricing costs and what work you’re envisioning getting done. Make sure to include a 10%-15% cost contingency in your budget, just in case you run into an unforeseen issue and need to have any extra or remedial work done that you weren’t anticipating.
It’s a good idea to consider investing in higher quality worktops and appliances when installing a new kitchen as they will be used daily, and you’ll want to be sure that whatever you purchase has the durability to last. This will increase the final cost of the project, but it could potentially save you from needing to pay for repairs or replacements of lower quality appliances that will not last you as long.
Painting and Decorating
Painting and decorating are common projects involved in a home renovation job. One of the best feelings for a home renovation is painting a room the perfect shade that you’ve had your eye on.
The reality of getting the job done, however, can be less sweet than the anticipation of it. Painting and decorating can be a hard and exhausting task, particularly if you’re differently-abled or have time-consuming jobs and family.
The costs of paying a professional for painting and decorating jobs can be substantial and it’s unfortunately quite common for rogue contractors to try and get you to pay more for their work than you should do. HouseholdQuotes has put together a handy guide for painting and decorating costs, giving you all the pricing information you need to make an informed decision when choosing a professional.
On average, it’s likely to cost you between £1,550-£4,250 for painting and decorating, depending, of course, on the size of the renovation project. An estimated daily price to hire a contractor for painting or decorating is £160 but keep in mind that London prices will be higher.
The key priority with painting and decorating is figuring out whether you’re willing to pay for experience. If you’re splashing on a new coat of paint to spruce up the house but aren’t too fussed about the intricacies or the extras included in the job, then you could happily find a contractor with a lower rate to get your room or rooms painted.
If, however, you’re investing in high-quality paint to renovate the property to increase its market value, you might want to consider opting for a higher budget when it comes to painting and decorating to make sure you can afford to pay for a qualified, experienced professional who can take on the job and any extras you may need.
It’s also a good idea to speak with any professional you may be in contact with about what is included in their quote. They may charge for very expensive supply costs, for example, for a costly brand of paint, that you could purchase yourself for a lower price.
If possible, it’s also best to try and get all the rooms you need painted or decorated done in one big batch instead of spreading them out. You may be offered a cheaper quote for a couple of days work instead of spreading the jobs across a series of months.
Most contractors will be used to painting and decorating more than one room at any given time, so you won’t have to worry about their time management skills and it means that the time taken away from your daily life and routine will be less. All these concerns can all be discussed with any professionals you seek quotes from to see which one of them is the best fit for you.
If you own or are considering purchasing a property that appears to have roofing damage, you need to get this looked at as soon as possible by a professional. The longer you leave a roof that needs repairs, the more expensive the job will cost.
A damaged roof leaves the entire property vulnerable to exposure from the weather.
If you’re considering purchasing a property for renovation, it can also be useful – budget allowing – to have a full roofing survey carried out by a professional. This way you can learn the full extent of the repairs or full replacement needed.
A roof inspection is likely to cost £250 depending on the individual and company you are looking to work with and will contain a report with all the potential problems of a roof so that you can see what issues will need to be rectified with new work.
HouseholdQuotes has put together a useful guide detailing the signs of roof damage and how much roof replacements are likely to cost. As roofing is an integral part of a home structure and keeping the residents from exposure to weather, it’s better to get your roof seen by a specialist sooner rather than later.
A roof replacement is likely to cost between £4,250-£7,250 and is a bigger job than a roof that simply needs some repairs.
Roofing replacement costs will depend on the type of material of the roof and the size. If the damage has gotten into the rafters of your property, structural repairs may be needed to ensure the safety of your property and this will likely increase the costs also.
If the property you are looking to renovate is situated in a location with particularly harsh weather conditions, you may want to look at investing more money into higher quality roofing materials – such as slate tiles – that will be more expensive to purchase but could save you money on repairs in the long run due to its durability.
You should also be aware of the possible ‘hidden’ costs of having your roof replaced. There will be waste material for a roof replacement, and you will need to check with any professional whether the cost of waste removal is included in the final quote or if there will be an additional charge.
You can hire a medium skip for £200-£250 on average, though this will vary on location. In some cases, it may be cheaper to take care of waste removal by yourself for a large project such as a roof replacement.
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Plastering is a protective coating that covers your walls giving them a great finish to paint or decorate onto – turning the interior and exterior of your home into a blank canvas for further decorating. If you think your home renovation project needs some fresh plaster, check out HouseholdQuotes’ guide to plastering costs.
Our plastering cost guide walks you through the most common plastering jobs and their likely costs as well as some top tips for saving on your budget with any plastering job.
We estimate plastering jobs to cost between £390-£1,375, though this price could differ depending on the job at hand and where you are located in the UK. Plastering jobs can be completed within a day or take up to four days to finish.
It all depends on the size of the job. If you have a smaller room or ceiling that needs replastering, this will cost less than a large room or ceiling due to the amount of material involved and the labour involved.
There is also likely to be a price difference between replastering a wall or ceiling and applying new plaster for the first time. This is because replastering is simply correcting blemishes in the plaster that may have deteriorated over time and, on average, will cost you between £400-£550, depending on the size of the room.
New plastering, however, involves stripping the wall of the original plaster and applying new plaster. This is a slightly longer process than replastering and, so, is more expensive.
You can expect to pay £600-£1,000 for new plastering to be applied to walls or ceilings, depending on the size of the room.
For renovating a property, you may also be interested in external rendering. This is where a protective coating is applied to the exterior walls to prevent rain from damaging the structural integrity of the build.
External rendering is a more expensive and longer job than simply plastering one small bedroom, so you should expect to pay anywhere from £2,000-£5,000 depending on the size of the property. It’s also a job best left to the professionals as it can be time-consuming and difficult if you’re not aware and comfortable with the process involved.
Rewiring a Property
Rewiring a property is a tricky and time-consuming job, as well as being quite an expensive home renovation project. Despite this, the electrics in any property must be wired correctly and functioning well to ensure the safety of the residents in the home.
HouseholdQuotes has put together a guide on rewiring electrical costs to give you some insight into the estimated breakdown of costs for rewiring your property and the best way to find a qualified electrician to help you complete this job.
Rewiring a property is not a job we recommend you do yourself unless you have experience and training in the field. It can be dangerous and cause you potential injury if you don’t have sufficient knowledge of wiring homes.
An electrician will likely need complete access to your entire property and the furniture will also need to be moved, as the floorboards will need to be lifted up to access all the necessary cables.
You can expect to pay between £1,900-£12,000 depending on the specificity and size of the rewiring job and it can take anywhere from four to 15 days to complete.
If you’re thinking of getting your property rewired, do make sure that you have plenty of sheets to cover any furniture or appliances. Rewiring is a particularly dusty job and you will want to minimise the amount of cleaning that needs to be done.
It’s also possible that plasterwork may be damaged in the process, though a professional will do everything in their power to avoid doing too much damage. If causing damage to the original plaster is unavoidable, you may need to hire someone to redo the plasterwork once the house has been rewired.
In this case, it’s a good idea to include the cost of this in your budget to save you from being caught out if the job does take an unexpected turn.
You can expect to pay £600-£1,000 for new plastering to be applied to walls or ceilings, depending on the size of the room.
Considering the amount of electricity that is used in an average home as well as the number of appliances that rely on electricity, it is worth considering a rewiring of a property if you think that the electrics could be faulty or need to be looked at.
Adding a conservatory to a property can increase its market value as well as give the homeowner more living space and a usually warm and pleasant room to pass lazy summer days in.
There are many different styles and sizes of conservatories available and HouseholdQuotes has compiled a handy guide to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about what type of conservatory best fits your needs and your budget.
On average, the estimated cost of a new conservatory is between £6,250-£17,00 depending on its size and style and is likely to take three to four works to instal.
When it comes to the style of the conservatory and the size of it, there are plenty of different options to choose from. These extensive options mean it’s best to take your time with your research and acquire as much information about your options as you can before you decide to go ahead with an installation.
Deciding to instal a conservatory is not a small decision, so you should make sure you feel as confident and sure of the choices you’re making as you can before the building work begins.
As a conservatory build is quite a complex project, we recommend getting in touch with installers who have previous experience with building conservatories and are knowledgeable on the subject and what it takes to build a good conservatory correctly. If they have membership to any of the following – the Glass & Glazing Federation, the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme, the Certification and Self-Assessment scheme or accreditation from FairTrades or TrustMark, then this is a huge bonus.
These professional bodies adhere to guidelines and rules that they expect their members to abide by, so you can be sure that the contractor you’re hiring works to best practices and isn’t going to incorrectly or unsafely instal your conservatory.
If your property is a listed building, conservation area, Directive-4 affected or your conservatory is going to be taller than four metres or extend more than three metres away from your back wall, you are going to need planning permission before you can start with the build.
f you have any uncertainties about whether or not your conservatory will need planning permission, it’s best to check with your local planning authority. They will be able to correctly advise you on what permissions or regulations need to be adhered to and it will give you peace of mind that you won’t be fined for your new installation.
If you’re considering renovating or purchasing an older property to renovate it, then it’s quite likely you will need or want to consider installing the property with central heating. Having good heating in a home can shape the experience of living in that property, as well as potentially saving you from the labour that sometimes comes with more outdated heating systems.
HouseholdQuotes’ guide to installation costs for central heating is a great place to start if you’re considering central heating installation and need to swot up on your research. Our handy guide gives budget prices for central heating installation including different size boilers for different sized houses so you can have an idea of what costs you can expect with installation.
Installing central heating is most likely to cost between £2,300-£4,500 and can take between three to five days to complete.
If you’re wondering whether or not you need to get your electrics checked before you consider central heating, it’s useful to take a look at the fuse box and light switches. If these seem particularly old-fashioned or dated, then it’s likely the electrics will need to be looked at.
It will be a more expensive job to instal central heating in a property that has none at the beginning of the installation. For this kind of job, you can expect to be paying towards the upper price range for installation as the entire system will need to be implemented rather than just updated.
Your property may currently have central heating but need a replacement boiler, and this, whilst still expensive, is a smaller job that won’t be as expensive as completely installing the property with entirely new central heating.
The size of the property is also likely to impact the final cost of the project. If your property has more than one or two bedrooms and more than one floor, it will cost more to instal central heating to the property than if you’re property is a smaller sized bungalow as both the supply and labour will be increased.
It’s worth mentioning that installing central heating to an empty house is much easier than installing it into one that is packed with furniture and appliances. Therefore, if you’re thinking of purchasing a property to renovate it, we’d recommend central heating installation to be one of the projects you should aim to get completed before any of the furniture or furnishings are added to the house.
Installing a new bathroom suite in a property is a major and expensive investment for any homeowner. The price of installing bathroom suites can spike dramatically depending on the type of materials you choose for your bathroom and the design of the bathroom you want to be installed.
HouseholdQuotes understands that installing a new bathroom suite can be daunting, particularly when faced with the potential costs of such a project. Our useful guide breaks down the estimated costs of installing a bathroom suite, as well as giving you some top tips and advice for keeping your costs down.
An entire bathroom suite renovation is likely to be more expensive than some of the other home renovation projects you do, and it could cost you anywhere from £2,750-£7,000 to have a new bathroom installed. Depending on the size and style of the renovation, it’s likely to take between two to three weeks to complete.
This price of a bathroom suite installation is likely to increase if you decide to use particularly luxurious materials for your new bathroom or if the design of your new suite means that additional plumbing will need to be undertaken to make the suite completely functional.
It can be tempting to think of the money saved by DIY-ing your new bathroom yourself, but if you are hoping to instal a new bathroom suite yourself you will need skills in plumbing, tiling, electrics and painting to be able to efficiently do the job. A bathroom suite that has been installed incorrectly could need several repairs down the line and this could end up costing you more money in the long run.
It’s common for homeowners to choose a ‘suite’ and have that installed in one go, rather than individually taking on different aspects of a bathroom renovation. Whilst it’s entirely your choice how you go about beginning your bathroom renovation, chances are that the single cost of one big renovation rather than individual projects could save you money, so make sure to compare quotes for different jobs and see which route works out best for you.
As with other home renovation projects, there is likely to be waste removal involved, particularly if you are gutting the old bathroom as part of the project. If this is the case, make sure to discuss waste removal with any professional quoting you with their price.
If waste removal isn’t included in the total quote, you may need to think about hiring a skip which can cost between £200-£250 to hire depending on where you’re located in the UK. In some cases it can be cheaper to consider waste removal yourself, so look into this if you’re hoping to keep your costs down.
Windows in a property play a large role in not only keeping the house secure from exposure to harsh weather, but also in the overall aesthetic appearance of the property. If the windows in your property are damaged, you may still want to avoid replacing them entirely, particularly if they are an appealing feature of an older building.
However, if you are interested in replacing the windows of a property, HouseholdQuotes has a useful and easy-to-read guide that walks you through the estimated costs of window replacement to give you an idea of what kind of costs you’ll be facing if you’re looking into this home improvement project.
If you’ve closely examined the windows and found that the damage is extensive and causing severe problems, then you probably need to consider having the windows replaced. If the damaged windows were also single glazed, this could also be a good time to consider upgrading the windows to double glazed.
HouseholdQuotes has put together a guide on the cost of double glazing your windows and the factors that could impact the final price. Make sure to check out this guide if you need some professional guidance on double glazing.
It’s likely to cost between £1,550-£11,600 to have your windows completely replaced and the size gap in pricing is down to the wide range of styles and sizes available for new windows. If you’re only having one or two windows replaced, the job won’t take as long as having the entire property fitted with new windows which could take as long as five days to instal correctly.
When replacing windows make sure to think about what materials you’re planning to use in the renovation and try to match them as closely to the original as possible if you’re hoping to retain some of the old character. Timber is a common choice for window types on older homes and PVCu is a relatively affordable choice that works well on more modern builds.
You will also need to think about the energy efficiency of the windows. Most modern windows are very energy efficient, but the higher rating you can get on your windows the better the efficiency is.
More energy-efficient windows are likely to cost you more money on the initial purchase and this is somewhat unavoidable. However, the money you save in the long run due to their superb efficiency is a great reason to invest in them, as well as increasing the market value of the property.
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Good plumbing is essential to keep any home running smoothly and if you’re considering renovating a property, then you may need to think about the cost of any plumbing that could need to be carried out to get the property up to scratch.
HouseholdQuotes has a detailed and useful ‘Plumbers Price List’ that provides you with a guide on budget ranges for a variety of different plumbing jobs that you may need to hire for when renovating your home.
There is a huge amount of plumbing work that can be done in a home which is why it can be difficult to give an exact time estimation for how long a plumbing job will take to complete. It depends on a range of different factors including the type of job, size of the job and condition of the plumbing already installed in the house.
Plumbers will usually charge £40-£65 per hour for their work. If it is a larger-sized project, they may offer you a daily rate instead which will normally cut the final price a little bit and can typically range from £200-£300.
These prices also vary depending on where you are located in the UK. Central London prices can be two or three times as expensive as prices in the Midlands, northern England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so do bear this in mind when you come to budget for plumbing work.
Plumbing work can range from installing a new central heating system, boiler replacement, boiler repairs, unblocking drains, drain cleaning and many more.
A full structural survey can sometimes be a good way of finding out just how much plumbing work needs to be corrected within the home if you have the budget to allow for one. These kinds of surveys normally cost between £500-£1,000 and will include any problems in your property, not just problems limited to plumbing.
Due to its expensive nature, it’s tempting to put off plumbing work, but when dealing with water that is used in and out of the home it’s important to try and get any faulty plumbing dealt with as soon as you can.
If you’re hoping to add more living space to your property during your home renovation, a garage conversion is a great way to accomplish this. Garage conversions tend to be a slightly more affordable option than a home extension or conservatory installation.
Garage conversions are a great home development project for larger families who may need that bit more living space to keep rowdy siblings happy or give parents a private space for a study, gym or music room.
HouseholdQuotes’ useful guide on the cost of garage conversions gives you the breakdown of the total estimated costs of undertaking a garage conversion and what you can expect to impact the final pricing.
Garage conversions are likely to cost between £4,995-£7,500 and take between three to four weeks to complete.
Unlike brand new extensions or conservatories, garage extensions don’t need any new walls or foundations to be added to the existing structure. This is why they cost substantially less than an extension or conservatory installation as there is less labour and materials used in a garage conversion.
The main consideration for a garage extension is the removal of the garage door, the implementation of windows if you want them and the added utilities that you may want for the room. Some people prefer to keep their garage installation as simple as possible and make up for a lack of windows with additional lighting.
If you’re hoping to keep the costs as low as possible, do consider a very simple style for your garage conversion.
You will likely need to consider implementing electricity in a garage conversion, but most conversions don’t require gas or water installed unless you have a specific use for the garage in mind. It’s a good idea to fully plan out what you want your garage to be used for, and what kind of extras you want to be included before you begin to budget and plan the conversion.
If you are planning to convert your garage into a usable kitchen or bathroom, you should expect the cost of the conversion to be much higher than the cost of simply converting it into another living space or bedroom.
This is due to the plumbing and rewiring that will likely need to be carried out to make the garage fit for purpose.
Ultimate Household Price Guide
If you’re planning a home renovation it’s quite likely you have lots of different questions relating to lots of different home renovation topics. The idea of slogging through hundreds of different resources to find the answers you need can be overwhelming and off-putting when it comes to planning out your dream home.
HouseholdQuotes’ ultimate price guide answers all your pressing questions relating to home improvements covering both the interior and exterior factors of households. With easy-to-read guides outlining the essential facts of each home improvement job and tables breaking down the estimated costs, our ultimate price guide does the hard work for you.
Our price guide breaks down every common household renovation job with the following questions:
- How much should the job cost me?
- Is it worth trying to complete the job through DIY?
- How long should the job take?
- Is there anything else I should look out for?
We take into account the different sizes of various homes and the areas in which the property could be located when estimating any costs to make sure we include every type of homeowner in our price estimations.
Home renovation is by nature expensive, so we let you know which home renovation tasks are suitable for DIY work to help you cut your costs. We also flag up which home renovation jobs have the potential to result in injury or could cost you more money in the long run if incorrectly attempted.
We analyse the length of time it usually takes to have the home renovation project completed and what factors are likely to increase the project time or could present possible disruptions. This way you can feel confident that you know how to keep the job running as smoothly as possible with as little disruption to daily life as possible whilst the renovation is underway.
Most importantly, we know that some tradespeople and companies don’t have a homeowner’s best interest at heart when it comes to household renovations. We make sure to let you know of any schemes or qualifications around specific home development projects that prove the genuine intent of the tradesperson within that field, as well as signs to look out for that demonstrate the tradesperson or company isn’t as trustworthy as they might want you to believe.
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How Can I Save Money When Renovating My Home?
Renovating a property is going to cost a fair amount of money and this should be understood from the offset. There are, however, useful ways in which you can keep the costs of your home renovation projects down and we look at these in more detail below.
Set a Budget
Before you do anything else, you should start by setting a budget. If you’re unsure of what this should look like or how to begin, some great online resources to walk you through the best way to take a look at your finances and set a realistic budget for a home renovation project.
When you’re setting your budget the most important thing is to be as realistic as possible. You may have dreams galore about your ideal home, but if you can’t realistically afford them then you might end up halfway through your renovation project with no idea how you’ll manage to afford the rest of the jobs you need to complete.
Make sure to set aside an extra 10-15% for contingency. If you run into any snags during the renovation, you’ll be comforted knowing you’ve budgeted for any potential remedial work that may need to be undertaken and that you can afford any extra costs that may come your way.
Be Savvy With Your Spending
Do as much research as possible into what quality of materials can offer you and where you can afford to cut costs and where you can’t. Use HouseholdQuotes’ ultimate price guide to learn about the best materials for specific projects.
Items that get a lot of daily use such as toilets, taps, worktops and flooring may be worth investing a little more money into because you want them to have a long lifespan without constantly needing to repair or replace them.
You can easily save money on purchases such as wall tiles, lighting fixtures and doorknobs, as you don’t need to fork over lots of money for these items when you can purchase good quality for more affordable prices.
Consider investing in cheaper paint for decorating jobs, but expect the possibility that you may need more coats to get a nice finish and so end up purchasing more of the product. A painter or decorator will be able to advise you on good quality paints.
Do Your Own Research
You can, of course, pay for a surveyor or architect to come and take a look at your property and give their opinion on what procedures will need to be done to successfully renovate your home but this will cost you money you may want to save for the actual renovation.
Commit to doing your own research into what will need to be undertaken to renovate your home in the way that you want. Will you need planning permission for your renovation or approval from Building Regulations?
If you have access to the internet, take a look at our guides and discover what jobs are likely to need planning permission and what won’t. If you’re really unsure it’s best to speak to your local planning authority. They will be able to guide you on what will require permission and what won’t.
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Once you’ve got your budget and research completed, you need to make sure you have an extremely detailed and specific plan of what exactly it is you want to be renovated in your home and what the timescale for this is going to be.
Factor in that there is somewhat a natural order to home renovations, and you can slow the entire process down if you try to get certain jobs done when others need to come before them.
For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, all the existing units will need to be removed, the electrics and plumbing will then need to be completed, then the plastering, then any new flooring and painting before the units and worktops can be installed.
With jobs such as electrics and painting, the contractors usually are skilled at multi-tasking – whilst one room is drying, they will be painting the other – so take into account what jobs can be done in batches and what jobs will need to be specific to each room.
Keep an Eye on Sales
If you’ve got your heart set on a particularly luxurious set of doorknobs but the price of them is making you gasp, it’s a good idea to wait for any sales and see if you can purchase the features of your dream at a reduced cost than pouncing on them immediately only to find you could have purchased them at half the price if you’d waited a couple of months.
Depending on the job, it is sometimes cheaper to purchase the supplies yourself so that you’re only considering labour costs instead of asking the contractor to also source the supplies for you.
Home renovations can take a fair bit of time so as much as you might want to kick start the process as soon as possible, there is value in taking a bit of time to browse the market and wait for the sales on appliances if you want to save some extra money.
Preparation Is Key
A way to save a large amount of money is to do as much of the preparation for the renovation as you can beforehand, and if you’re able, do it yourself.
Old kitchen units or tiles might need to be taken down, carpets might need to be pulled up or your garden might need to be cleared.
If you’re able to undertake these jobs and get them out the way, then it’s a really good way to keep costs down as it means the contractor can simply turn up and get straight to work.
Otherwise, you could be looking at the extra cost of removing whatever needs to be taken out of the house before work can begin and this can easily and quickly add up.
Don’t feel pressured into taking the first quote that is offered to you. You want to look at between three or four quotes for each job to get a feel for the general pricing of the job and what contractors are likely to include in their quotes.
Make sure to get specific and find out every detail about what is being included in the price that is being offered to you. If it seems too good to be true, there could be a hidden catch somewhere or an extra add-on that you might get lumped with later on.
If you’ve got a lot of research under your belt, you can even negotiate pricing with the contractors. This doesn’t mean you have to hit them with a hard haggle straight out the bat but having an understanding of what home renovations should cost and are costing other people will help you spot if a quote seems a little bit too high or low!
If you’re ready to start comparing quotes but don’t quite know where to begin, this is where HouseholdQuotes can help you. You can use our site to compare quotes from a listing of qualified professionals who can help you carry out the projects you need for your dream home renovation.
All HouseholdQuotes’ listings have been vetted and reputable so you can have peace of mind that you won’t be dealing with any rogue traders or contractors who are a little bit below belt with their practices.
In one quick and easy search, HouseholdQuotes lets you compare the quotes of like-for-like contractors and can end up saving you 40% on your project quote.
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What Home Improvements Add the Most Value?
Home renovations can be a great way to improve the market value of a property. The table below takes a look at what home improvements add the most value to a home and by how much, according to the insurer Hiscox:
|Home Improvement Job||Percentage Value Increase|
|Adding a bedroom||11.2%|
|Adding a kitchen or diner extension||10.8%|
|Adding a conservatory||6%|
|Adding a bathroom||5.7%|
|New roof installation||3.1%|
|Boiler update and central heating installation||1.9%|
|Adding solar panels||0.5%|
All figures in the table above are based on the average UK home value of £226,071 as priced in 2017.
As you can see even home renovations you may consider small can still add an increase of value to your property and are worth considering.
How Do I Find and Hire Professional Tradespeople to Renovate My Home?
We always recommend seeking recommendations from family, friends and neighbours with any home development project you may begin working on. This way you can source recommendations from tradespeople you know you can trust and that may have even worked with your family, friends or neighbours for years.
It’s also likely you can see first-hand the work the tradesperson did and decide for yourself if the quality of the job fits the standards you’d like.
Trade associations are also a good way to find qualified tradespeople you know you can trust, as the associations are governed with rules and guidelines they expect their members to adhere to.
NICEIC can be used to find electricians, NFRC can be used to find roofers, FENSA can be used to find tradespeople for double glazing, PDA can be used to find painters and decorators, AFI can be used to find fencing contractors and many, many more.
Finally, use HouseholdQuotes to easily search and compare quotes from reputable contractors so you can easily see which is the best offer for you. Using HouseholdQuotes can save you up to 40% on your project quote!
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Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
It’s a good idea to make sure you have a list of questions ready to verify that the professional you are hoping to hire is the right fit for you and meets the correct standards. Use the questions below to make sure your professional is up to the job:
- Ask them for a written quote. Any contractor worth their salt will be happy to provide you with a written quote and this way you will get to see exactly what is included in the price.
- Ask for their experience. It’s best to go with a tradesperson who has experience in the field of work you want done.
- For their references. If they can provide you with references you can be sure of their ability and may even be able to see some of their previous work.
- For any photos of their previous jobs. This will offer you the opportunity to see the quality of their work and could also provide you with some good references for your own project designs.
- If they and their tools are insured. This can protect you from lawsuits if they or your property is damaged when they come to your home.
- If you are choosing to buy directly from a manufacturer, make sure to ask if there is a guarantee and if so, what that guarantee entails.
Use this checklist to make sure you have got everything you need before you embark on your home renovation journey and know that you can use HouseholdQuotes’ ultimate price guide to answer any questions you run into concerning home improvements:
- Set your budget. Have a clear and detailed budget laid out for your home renovation project with an extra 10-15% set aside to cover any issues you may run into along the way.
- Do your own research into what is likely to require planning permission or approval from Building Regulations and make sure you’ve got this all-in hand before beginning any work.
- Have an in-depth plan of what you want to achieve in every room and consider the order the work should be completed to make sure your project doesn’t end up taking more time.
- Get as much preparation for any building work done beforehand and where possible do this preparation yourself to save on costs.
- Be smart and savvy with your spending. Consider what appliances you need to spend more on and what can be bought with a lower budget.
- Keep an eye on the sales! Don’t jump straight into an expensive purchase when you could get that same item in an upcoming sale.
- Finally, use HouseholdQuotes to quickly and easily compare quotes from reputable tradespeople to find the perfect person to help you with your home renovation.
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