Renovation – step-by-step

  1. Vital Maintenance & Construction, Orpington

Proper renovation cannot be undertaken in a ‘throw it at the wall and see what sticks’ manner. There’s a ‘critical path’ that needs to be followed, precisely and without wavering. If you stray from this path, you could end up taking several steps back before you can move forwards again – something that is likely to end up costing you both time and money.

Here are the steps you need to follow when it comes to your property renovation, in strict, logical order.

Assess the building’s condition – attain an accurate assessment of the condition of the building by hiring a chartered surveyor. Obtain an idea of how much repairs will cost.

Prevent further decay – wet and dry rot, insects, climbing plants and vandals will worsen the condition of a vacant building, so take preventative steps.

Research tax concessions and grants – anything that helps with costs is of benefit!

What consent do you need? – Identify any consents you need before anything else. You will waste money if you commit to something that you cannot then gain consent for.

Make your property structurally sound – securing the structure of the building is the first consideration. Also make sure water and electricity is available on site.

Demolish, clear and salvage – demolish first and remove any waste. Salvage anything that can be reused.

Get rid of damp – older buildings are more prone to damp. Damp causes walls to soften, so deal with any damp issues first.

Check your drainage and service connections – make sure the drains are connected and are in good working order.

Plan site access – make sure equipment can get to where it needs to go.

Complete work on the structure and extensions – don’t forget that all work must comply with Building Regulations.

Fit doors and windows

Make weather-tight – during the renovation process your efforts will be less effective if the elements are a constant threat, so make sure you can make your building weather-tight as soon as possible.

Fix gutters

Decorate the exterior

Connect the drainage

Landscaping – once your scaffolding has been removed, concentrate on any paths, flower beds and lawns that are required. Move all heavy machinery off-site before you do this!

First fix – internal stud walls, chipboard and floorboards, ceiling joints, door linings etc.

Plastering and screeds – plaster the walls and lay floor screeds for the ground floor.

Let your building dry out – before you bring in any timber give your building time to dry out; this will take from between two and six weeks, depending on the time of year.

Fix the floors – wooden, laminate, vinyl, etc.

Second fix – units, light fittings, switches, sockets, phone and TV points, etc.


Final Clean – do not be tempted to move in before a final clean is undertaken throughout to remove stray plaster, dust and any packaging.

Move in!

Snagging – it’s inevitable that a few problems will occur after you move in as 100%-smooth renovations are a rarity. Make sure you make space in your budget to fit those post-move ‘snags’!

If you wish to contact us regarding a renovation project you may have, please call 01689 858100 during office hours. If you wish to call outside of these hours, please call 07738 219592, alternatively please complete the form on our contact page and we will respond within 24 hours.

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