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Renovating your home can seem like a daunting task. Even the smallest scale of projects can become quite involved and take up a great deal of time, money and energy.

There are a number of ways to limit the stress and strain of your project… and a number of things to avoid if things are to run smoothly. Here are our do’s and don’ts for you to follow:

Do: Save money by taking on some of the tasks yourself. Do you really need to pay for a decorator to paint your walls or pop paper on a feature wall? Renovating your home involves a whole host of tasks, big and small. By doing as much as you can for yourself you’ll be able to slash the cost.
Don’t: Push yourself to take on tasks that are beyond your DIY skills. If you’re comfortable with a paintbrush but not with fitting those nice looking interior oak doors then don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Do: Clean your walls before painting them. Remove any dirt, fill any holes, sand off any lumps and bumps. All of these could show through your paintwork and spoil the look of your room.
Don’t: Paint in the wrong order. Ceilings should be done before walls and the walls should be handled before the woodwork.

Do: Measure everything thoroughly before you start. Getting these numbers right is crucial.
Don’t: Forget to double check the numbers again before you begin. Even a centimetre or two out can be an issue down the line.

Do: Create a list of all the things you want to include in your new-look room or rooms… and the things you want to fix from your existing set up.
Don’t: Forget to then map these out by using an online planning tool so that you can ensure your ambitions are realistic and deliverable.

Do: Set a budget for your whole project. Failure to do so could allow the whole thing to spiral out of control and leave you in trouble.
Don’t: Set a rigid total with no flexibility. Build in a ‘contingency fund’ into your thoughts for the odd thing that inevitably does crop up.

Do: Make sure you consider how to maximise the light – natural and otherwise – you get into your room.
Don’t: Settle for a dark room. If you don’t get too much natural light then use mirrors and lamps to brighten things up.

Do: Ask friends and family for their recommendations of trusted traders that you could call upon. Word of mouth is a powerful and effective way to get in touch with the people you need to speak to.
Don’t: Enlist the services of anyone before you’ve checked out their credentials and got a clear idea from them of the cost involved. Tradesmen should carry the right credentials and qualifications.

Do: Remove your valuables from the rooms that you’re looking to revamp well before you start so they’re not in harm’s way.
Don’t: Try to tackle every single room at once – that way you’ll have a safe space to put items away in and you won’t feel like your entire world is upside down.