If you check most Self-Storage and Mortgage Advisor websites, you will find properties ‘in need of renovation’ are a lot cheaper to buy than shiny new builds. Or maybe you’re not looking to move home as much as give the old place you’re already in a bit of a makeover.
Either way, Blue Box Storage – Self-Storage Units is here to provide advice, support and S-P-A-C-E when you’re ready to refresh, reinvigorate, redecorate or totally renovate.
WHY PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER?
There are plenty of good reasons to carry out renovations:
- Increase your comfort or enjoyment of your home
- Fix a safety issue – dodgy wiring, leaky roof or crumbling foundations
- Add to the value of your property
- Upgrade its function by adding a room, roof terrace, deck or patio
- Create a more energy efficient place (save more than you spend!)
- Update the style to create a more contemporary living environment
- Get ready to sell
TAKE YOUR TIME
If possible, it’s a good idea to spend plenty of time living in a place before you decide to start knocking down walls and radically remodelling. Work out how you want your home to work for you.
Where does the natural light enter the property? What layout configurations are you after? Which rooms do you want to open up? When will you seek help from the experts at that local storage company beginning with the letter B?
IT PAYS TO PLAN AHEAD FOR SELF-STORAGE
Create a schedule to carry out improvements so you can proceed in a logical way with minimal disruption. If you need to clear rooms to make space to work, now is the time to talk to Blue box Storage – Self-Storage Units about taking care of your furniture, fixtures and valuables that you don’t want to chuck dust sheets over or keep shifting from room to room.
Work out which original features are worth keeping and which to rip out. If you’ve got original fireplaces can you restore them rather than replace them? Same goes with period windows, cornices and mouldings. Do you need brand new floors, doors, or ceilings or can you work with what’s already there?
A BIT OF FINANCIAL ADVICE ABOUT SELF-STORAGE
As a rough guide the structural side of your project should be allocated 60% of the budget, with 40% left for fixtures and fittings. But do you need to fit new radiators and look at plumbing the whole place? Is it crying out for rewiring? Plumbers and electricians don’t come cheap.
MAKING A GREEN HOUSE
More and more people are embarking on eco-renovations to improve the energy efficiency of old properties. A less drafty home is more economical to run and comfier to live in. Consider things such as draft proofing, loft and wall insulation, upgrading your boiler, sorting out old windows, fitting double-glazing. Remember, Blue Box Storage – Self-Storage Units has all sorts of impressive green credentials if you need somewhere eco-friendly to store stuff while your home is going through a much Greener make-over.
MAKING IT LAST
Once all the hard-structural work has been done, it’s time for the fun bit – the finishing touches. Old and new walls need to be prepared, plastered and painted or papered. Floors – sanded, levelled, or covered in carpets or tiles. Woodwork inside and out has to be stripped prepped and finished.
And after all that, you can finally move your rugs and furniture and lamps back in along with your books and paintings and antique vases (all carefully stored at you know where) and start living in your home again.
Or, of course, if you’ve totally had enough of the place after all that renovation work, it’s the perfect time to sell up and buy a new property.
And yes, Blue Box Storage – Self-Storage Units can help with any available storage you may need.