So, you’ve decided to renovate your home? Or perhaps you are looking at going into property renovations as a way to launch your real estate career? Whatever the case, there are essential renovation services that every renovation project or home makeover project needs.
The number of services you’ll need to outsource will vary depending on your technical ability with renovations. Everyone can handle a bit of paint or install a new door, but some require professionals.
Let’s explore renovation services you should be thinking about for your next project.
Plumbing is, arguably, one of the most important factors to consider when planning a refurbishment or renovation. Having a pipe plan for the property is essential to prevent pipe damage. However, it is also essential for any pipe extensions or changes needed if knocking down walls or adding new ones. For sure, an experienced plumbing service will be able to handle all your needs when planning or conducting a renovation.
While you may be handy at fixing the sink when it goes on the blink, there are various certifications and tests a property will need to pass for it to be listed as safe for habitation. For instance, hydrostatic plumbing tests are vital to passing for a property. Plumbers will also know the best way to build upon a pre-existing plumbing system for adding new rooms or walls.
A hydrostatic plumbing test is designed to test your property's drainage and plumbing systems for things such as pressure, structural integrity, efficiency, and if any damage is to be repaired (before, during or after a renovation takes place).
Plumbers are often heating engineers too – or will work alongside them. This means that they are also vital for the heating systems of a property.
Most homes in the UK will have a plumbed central heating system, meaning that your plumbers will know about your property's heating system. They will also be able to advise you on how best to overhaul your heating system for any new areas in the home being created.
An experienced heating engineer can also help you install radiators and even convert your boiler into a heating system that will be more efficient—for instance, replacing an old oil boiler with a newer gas or LPG boiler.
Outside of plumbed central heating, you may be considering electric heating or other heating methods, such as under-floor heating or trench heaters. All these systems will need expert advice for their correct installation to ensure they do not pose a health and safety risk.
For instance, underfloor heating can only be installed in certain properties with enough floor boards for foundation clearance to be safe.
Aside from installing or helping you plan your heating systems, heating engineers can also help you plan your heating system to get the most out of your chosen heater – be it a radiator or otherwise.
While we all learned how to rewire a plug socket in physics class, you mustn’t tackle a home rewire yourself. Even if you are fairly experienced with electrical systems, like plumbing and heating, industry standards need to be met for properties that will be inhabited.
An electrical engineer can help with all sorts of tasks, from installing new light socket fixtures to ensuring your room has enough plug sockets to access your home’s circuit.
Electricians are also vital for assessing your fuse box and any alterations that may be needed to account for a major renovation.
The work of an electrician also crosses over into heating, for electrical heating appliances will need to be considered when renovating. A plumber and electrician can seamlessly work together to ensure any new electrical heating appliances are safe and have reliable access to your home’s circuit for power.
Architectural Designer or Interior Designer
The design of any new room or addition to a home can often be forgotten for aspects such as plumbing, heating, and electricity provision. But unless you know what’s best when designing a new room (or extension) for your home, you’ll need a designer.
For smaller-scale projects, an interior designer is likely all you need. They can provide detailed plans for your renovation that other professionals can follow to ensure you receive what you envision for your renovation.
However, bringing an architectural designer on board is more appropriate for projects worth more than 5% of your property value. They will know how to design larger structures so they won’t put excess strain on existing structures, or if it does, they’ll know how best to counteract this strain.
Renovation projects can be difficult, even for smaller-scale room makeovers. Before committing any serious money to a project, take the time to consult with various professionals to assess the best way forward!
Leave a Reply