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Important Points to Consider when Renovating a House in Edinburgh

By LauraCampbell Subscribe to RSS | February 11th 2012 | Views:

Renovating a house is an expensive, time consuming and confusing job. At the same time it adds value to the property. Even if you have bought a new house or are planning on selling one, renovation will always pay you off.

Doing it yourself:

Many people think that they can carry out the renovations on their own. Mainly people have this view because doing it yourself is cheap. However this is a totally wrong approach. If you have never done such a task before, it is risky and unsafe. If you are really interested in getting the job done yourself then it will be better to start off with some training. Learning to do these jobs is beneficial in the long run, as you will not always hire the services of a professional to get the renovation done. This is will be far too costly. There are a wealth of resources and courses for beginners to learn tricks of the trade. These days there are special do it yourself courses in Edinburgh.

However when it comes to the job of gas and electricity, it is very risky and you will be better off hiring people with proper qualifications in this regard.


When starting with the renovation, the very first step is planning. You should do your homework on the respective project. You should take your time, take into consideration all possibilities, and look at the bigger picture. You should have regard of all the costs and your priorities. Seeking advice of a good builder from a reputable and trustworthy company is always a safe option. He will be able to advise you on how to handle all the projects that you have planned.

Hiring a builder:

It is important that you hire a builder with whom you feel comfortable to deal with on daily basis. You must always check for his references before hiring him, just to be safe. Moreover you should ask him for a breakdown of costs. So that you have an idea in your head of the income you will have to spend.

Keeping everyone informed:

The renovation job is likely to be disruptive and cause lots of noise. Hence you should inform the neighbors and local council beforehand.

Cover yourself:

When hiring a builder, it is very important to have a written signed contract with all the terms and conditions in order to have them legally enforced or to hold him liable for any damages. You should also verify the builder’s liability insurance.

LauraCampbell - About Author:
Laura_Campbell is a marketing officer for Greenlet, property lettings website in Edinburgh. If you want more information on rent in edinburgh, please visit edinburgh flats.

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