Renovating your home enables you to adapt and customize it to suit your tastes so that you can have your dream house.

However there might be reasons why you need to renovate your home. For example, if you have bought a property that is more than 20 years old, the most sensible thing to do is update the systems in it and make it more practical, which in the majority of cases means that it would be cheaper to buy a brand new house, especially if the property is located in an area of the city where the price of the land is high.

The average price of alteration or renovation work is between 350 and 850 euros per square metre, depending on the type of work that you want to do. Make sure that you control the famous “well seeing as”, that is to say, that as you have started you decide you want to change more things that you set out to do in the beginning. This small act might raise your bill considerably.

To make sure that the quote doesn’t get out of hand. Start by making a list of everything you would like to change and set your price limit, this is how you will be able to control your expenses better.

Once we have made up our mind about what we want to change, if it is a total refurbishment, we have to take into account the systems that are going to be renovated. Because before we start changing what is on the surface we have to make sure that the wiring and plumbing won’t give us any problems in the future.

If your alteration work affects the structure of the property, façade or communal elements in your residential complex you will need a building permit. In this case you have to present the construction project that has been signed by an architect to your local Town or City Council. The other construction work is considered to be minor work, some of it might need a minor works licence, or you might have to simply notify the authorities. The best thing to do is go and ask for information about this at your local town or city council.

Finally, you should also find out about the aid that your state offers for integral reforms. In the case of the Valencian Community, for example, it is the State Housing and Aid Plan from the Regional Ministry. This plan, called Plan Renhata, includes funding to renovate your bathrooms, kitchen, water heaters, windows and even self-consumption solar panel systems.

With all these tips now you are ready to tackle your renovation work. Remember that you must use good professionals that can deal with all the problems and be responsible for the final result if you want your project to be successful.

Once you have it clear what you really want to renovate, you have to think about a new layout of the rooms. You can draw your own sketches to convey your ideas but it is always better to rely on a professional to do it, who comes up with the best solutions at their architecture studio, in view of the budget established and they provide us with an overall idea of the end result in 3D so that we can really imagine what our new home will be like.