7 Things You Probably Never Knew About Major Home Renovations

If you are a homeowner, the chances are high that you might want to embark on a significant home renovation project. It’s likely you’ve already done a few small changes in your abode, but nothing as major as a two-storey extension, for example.

Before you start putting your plans into action, it’s worth taking a few minutes to read this blog post in its entirety. You may not realise it, but there are several things you probably never knew about major home renovations. So, before you get stuck into your next project, take a look at these interesting facts. They will certainly give you some food for thought, and above all help you to make informed decisions:

1. Many people make the mistake of starting too soon
If you’ve not lived in your home for a while, getting started on a major renovation project is probably the worst thing you could do! It might sound like a strange statement to make, but there are several reasons why starting too soon can be a bad idea.

First of all, you’ve not long had enough time to get used to the “flow and feel” of your new home. These are things like where the coldest or hottest rooms are in your house, which outdoors areas get more rainfall than others. And even examples like where you dump your dirty clothing before they need washing!

2. Financing renovation projects the wrong way
As you know there are many ways to get access to money in the 21st century. And thanks to the Internet, transferring or borrowing money is a quick and easy process. Still, with that in mind, it’s crucial you finance your first major renovation project the smart way; not the wrong way!

For example, if you’ve lived in your home for some years, a secured loan could make perfect sense. Are secured loans bad? Well, only if you don’t get offered low interest rates or favourable terms! If you didn’t want to borrow money, you could always use your savings or any inheritance money.

3. You could end up doing something illegal by accident
There are specific laws and regulations that cover things like major construction work in existing dwellings. They also specify what types of things you can build on residential land, and how much of your outdoor space you can dedicate towards extensions.

Before you crack on with any new renovation project, it makes perfect sense to check with your local authority on what you can and cannot do. For instance, your home might be classed as a listed building, and so you’ll need to get permission to carry out some alterations to your home.

4. Not all professionals tell you the truth
The sad truth about the world we live in today is that there are a few ‘bad apples’, so to speak, that try to spoil things for everyone else. Some people claim to be construction or building professionals when in reality they are nothing more than rogue traders.

It’s crucial you don’t get ripped off when tendering for a contractor to help you realise your new home renovation project. Be sure to get several quotes, ask for references, and check whether they are members of relevant industry bodies. Your local council can even give you a list of approved suppliers that have been vetted by them.

5. There’s more than one way of achieving the same result
You may have talked to close friends and family members about what you wish to accomplish with your home. It’s likely some of them will have offered you their opinion and advice on the subject with a view to being helpful. The thing is, it’s important you know there are often several ways of achieving the same result.

For example, let’s say that you want to build a single-level extension connected to your kitchen. Many people might have told you that it’s better to have an extension made of bricks and mortar for longevity and to increase value in your home. But, you can also achieve the same result with a conservatory or even an extension constructed out of wood!

Be sure to do plenty of research into construction methods for the ideas you’ve got. You might end up surprising yourself with the list of options open to you.

6. Builders can get materials cheaper than you
As a retail customer, if you were to go and buy things like bags of cement from your local DIY warehouse, you’d get charged retail prices. Sure, you might take advantage of special offers such as ‘buy one, get one free.’

But, what you need to know is that builders will almost always get raw materials at trade prices. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about bags of cement, boxes of tiles, or even a brand new bathroom suite. The last thing you want to do is end up paying more for your project because you don’t want to involve a builder in it!

7. Projects seldom go according to plan
In an ideal world, you could price up the cost of your future home renovation project, have a timeline of when things get done, and know when certain contractors would come in to do their bit of work.

The reality of building and construction work is far from the above example! Delays are almost always inevitable when it comes to construction projects. Even the weather can play a part in how long things take to get done! It’s always worth bearing in mind that your project could have delays or face certain issues along the way.

One thing you should never do is assume that everything will go according to plan. Otherwise, you’ll be setting yourself up for a whole world of disappointment and trouble! Plus, you’ll end up feeling frustrated, stressed out, and even depressed that your expected outcome and timeline is no longer achievable!


  1. Thanks - so many pitfalls - the joy at the end is worth it

  2. What a bright shirt! Lots of disruption but all ended well!

  3. We've used the same builder for many years. He takes us to various builders merchants before he starts something and gets us to buy the stuff he needs while getting his wholesale discount!
    It's extremely important to get a trusted builder.

  4. I use a local trusted builder at all times x

  5. Lots of useful tips, thank you

  6. Another thoughtful summary of excellent advice. I had no idea that local councils do lists of approved builders. Very useful to explore. Thank you.

  7. Living in your house for at least a year before doing major work is good advice.


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