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SOLVED: How Much Do Renovations Cost?

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Most of us would love to make a few renovations to our home. A new kitchen, a spruced up bathroom or a full extension might be on your wishlist. But, as with most things, cost is always going to be a factor. 

Before you even consider making these kinds of changes, you will want to find out how much it might set you back and whether it is a worthwhile change to make. You may find that you can afford much more than you thought.

Essential Home Renovations: Pricing Factors At Play

While it might be possible to come up with an average cost for most renovations, it is worth bearing in mind that a number of factors will influence the price you will pay for the work done on your home. These include:

Architects Fees:

If you need to get an architect to design your renovation (for example, if it is a loft conversion) you will need to think about the additional cost this will incur.

Planning Permission:

Most renovations will not need planning permission, but if you are making substantial changes to your home that increase its size by more than permitted development, you will need to apply for planning permission. This will add time (usually around 8 weeks) to your timing and it will cost more. Planning permission requires plans to be drawn up and there are fees involved.

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Remember to always get at least three quotes and to keep a contingency fund set aside for when inevitable disasters happen - even minor ones.

Listed or Conservation Area:

If your home is listed or you live in a conservation area there will be restrictions on the work you can do on your home. You may find that you have additional costs around the types of materials you are able to use and even the requirement that you get experts in to check the work.

Older Period Homes:

It is estimated that the cost to renovate a period home (even one that is not listed) can be as much as 30% to 50% higher due to the cost of materials, the specialised skills needed and the difficulty involved with adding new and modern fixtures to an older structure.

Accessibility:

If you live in a mid terrace, on a busy road or somewhere that is hard to reach, you may find that extra costs will need to be added. These might include removing and replacing fencing to make access easier, the hiring of a crane to lift materials into your garden, parking permits and licenses for vehicles and skips. Or maybe just a few cakes and gifts by way of an apology to your neighbours for the vans and trucks in the road outside their home!

We have worked out an average cost for most renovation types or given you a way to estimate how much you might need to pay for your project. 

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You can expect to pay just a few hundred pounds for a non-structural wall removal, however a structural wall can cost from £3,000 to £5,000 to be removed. Redecorating will be on top of this and you may incur engineer charges for more complex projects

Transform Your Space The Easy Way...

Knocking down walls is one of the most popular renovation projects that we like to do in our homes. Usually this involves a downstairs open plan look with the walls between the living, dining and kitchen areas being removed or partially removed. 

In some cases, these may not be structural walls and can be knocked down and the area plastered and painted in just a weekend. 

However structural walls will need much more work and the help of your Building Regulations officer. The structural wall will need to be replaced by a beam (usually steel) to ensure the upper floors are properly supported. 

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A standard off the shelf kitchen from a DIY store or online will be at one end of the scale, while a bespoke handmade kitchen with granite worktops will easily reach the other end. The choice is yours and is based on your budget and tastes

A Brand New Kitchen

If you are thinking of selling your home, a new kitchen is one way to add substantial value, but even if you're staying put, we all need a new kitchen eventually. Your choice of kitchen and the types of changes you decide to make will greatly influence the cost. 

This includes changing electrical points, installing new appliances or changing their position, moving the boiler, changing the plumbing and installing new lighting. These will all need professional help which can cost as much as £300 per day.

In terms of the actual kitchen cost, including the appliances, design work and installation (alongside laying the flooring, tiling and painting) you can expect to pay no less than £3,000 and anything up to £25,000. The huge variation comes from your choice of materials and appliances. 

A standard off the shelf kitchen from a DIY store or online will be at one end of the scale, while a bespoke handmade kitchen with granite worktops will easily reach the other end. The choice is yours and is based on your budget and tastes.

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On average, a well thought out and smart bathroom can be installed for around £3,000-increasing your property's overall investment potential in the process!

A Sparkly New Bathroom

Your bathroom will have all the same caveats that your kitchen will, but you can expect it to be relatively cheaper. It is possible to buy a new bathroom suite (toilet, sink and bath) for less than £500 and to buy flooring and tiles that you can lay yourself for another £500. 

Your bathroom could have a new lease of life for just £1,000. However if you prefer bells and whistles, there are a huge number of fancy baths, showers and tiling ranges that will increase your budget by many times. On average though, a well thought out and smart bathroom can be installed for around £3,000.

Your Heating, Upgraded!

Almost all home built in the last 20 - 30 years have central heating (serviced by a gas boiler) already installed and while this may need updating from time to time, it is a relatively cheap heating method to maintain. However if you live in an older home or one that only has electric heating, you may want to install an entirely new central heating system.

This will involve the help of professional plumbers and gas engineers. It is important that anyone working on gas inside your home is registered as Gas Safe and the work needs to be carried out to a competent level. This all costs more than you would expect. The work will cost around £1500 to £3500 in materials (a new boilers, radiators and pipework) and a further £3,000 for the expert installation.

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However the safety of your home and protection from electrical fires is worth paying for. For a full rewire of the average home you can expect to pay around £4,000. For smaller jobs, your electrician will charge between £200 and £300 per day

Rewiring Your Home The Easy Way!

Once again, a house that is more than a few decades old is going to eventually need a new electrical system. This work has to be carried out by a professional and signed off - especially in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Because you are paying for a professional service, the costs do tend to escalate. 

However the safety of your home and protection from electrical fires is worth paying for. For a full rewire of the average home you can expect to pay around £4,000. For smaller jobs, your electrician will charge between £200 and £300 per day.

As you can see, the main renovation jobs around your home can be a little pricey, but these types of projects are carried out very infrequently and can have a huge impact on your quality of life and the value of your home. It is always a good investment. 

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