What You Need to Know before Renovating a House
After having lived in the same house for a long time, you may find parts of your house deteriorating; or you may have more and more family members that you need to renovate or enlarge your house. But renovating a house is a big deal. If you want the process to be smooth, the followings things should be kept in mind.
1. Laws: in terms of law, renovation is called 'modification' which covers enlargement, diminution and resizing the house, making it look differently. Sometimes, a modification requires permission from the relevant government sectors, so we recommend you consult with experts or experienced people to prevent any problem that might follow.
For more information, contact the Department of Public Works - Bangkok
A sample of the modification request form.
2. Budget: the budget you have can determine what you can do to the house. In estimating the budget, you should know the market price and clearly allocate funds to cover costs such as design, materials, labour, etc. Room in the budget should also be set aside for unexpected expenses such as the increased price of the materials or additional costs associated with any delays in renovation.
The more you are prepared with the budget, the smoother the renovation will be.
3. The design: the design should not concern only the beauty but also the functions of the house for the inhabitants. Detailed plans can help save time and money. More importantly, the owner should approve the plan before the renovation begins in case h/she wants to change some part of the plan.
Functions and design come together.
4. The structure: before the renovation, you should make sure that every part of the structure is strong enough to bear the enlargement. If any broken part is found, it should be fixed beforehand. Ignoring such problems could invite bigger ones if the structure cannot bear the additional weight after the renovation; this could cause the house to crack, subside and cause harm to the inhabitants.
Check the house thoroughly for your safety.
5. Materials: different types of materials have different properties in terms of the look, durability and price. You should be aware of this and consult an expert to find the right kind of material that is in line with your style and budget. You should not buy the material only because of the low price, but you should also think about the quality as the safety of those who live in the house is worth much more than a slightly lower price.
A good house should be built with materials of good quality (Desa Budiman project with SHERA Plank)
6. Contractors: you should select a trustworthy contractor with a license and consider their previous work before making a decision. You may want to choose a contractor that has their own company and office and you should know where it is located so that you can check their progress and responsibility easily in case any problem occurs. You should exercise caution when making a contract by doing it in a written form which covers all the conditions and payment clearly to prevent the contractor from being irresponsible.
The contractor, a very important role in the renovation.
Some of you may feel that the 6 things mentioned above are too complicated, but trust us, these things cannot be ignored, otherwise so many problems may follow. So, just pay attention to these things and you will find the renovation to be worth it, as if you get to upgrade your life.