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The Complete Guide to Renovating and Improving Your Property [Paperback]

Liz Hodgkinson
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"Informative and enjoyable, it provides expert advice on a wealth of topics...Essential reading for anyone facing the minefield of home improvement." -- News on the Block

"Will prove indispensable to anyone facing the minefield of home
-- Oxford Times

"Full of useful advice." -- Scotland on Sunday

"Information on a wealth of topics which will help make the process a whole lot less painful."
-- Holiday Cottages Magazine

"Practical, no-nonsense style...peppered with case histories..An honest and thorough guide." -- Square Foot

"This book for me has it all and is essential reading all within over 200 pages of practical and indispensable advice."
-- Onestopview.com (blog), March 2008

"This little gem of a book..is informative, enjoyable, and most importantly, clearly set out." -- Uptown Magazine

"With its commonsense approach and tips from a seasoned expert, it's an all round good read."
-- Manchester Living

Book Description

Helps you to make the right decisions about every aspect of property improvement - what is worth the effort and what will be a good investment, from arranging the finance to surveys and valuations.

About the Author

Liz Hodgkinson is a prolific author and journalist who has written over 40 books. She writes regularly on property matters for the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail, and also contributes to The Guardian, The Independent and various magazines and websites. She is the author of the highly successful The Complete Guide to Letting Property and The Complete Guide to Buying a Property Abroad (both published by Kogan Page).

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Part 1 Preparation

1 Is it worth it?

The true cost of renovation; The state of the property market; Is it a good investment?; Developing or renovating your own home; Buying to let; Raising the finance; 'Staging' the property; Conclusions

2 Getting started

The builder-client relationship; How much do builders and other tradespeople charge?; Be aware of the size and scope of the job; Planning permission and other consents; Buying a property to renovate or improve; Where do you find good builders?

3 The professionals

An architect; A landscape gardener; A structural engineer; A project manager; A surveyor; An interior designer; An electrician and plumber; A tiler; A plasterer; A bricklayer; A carpenter or joiner; A painter or decorator; Other trades; Conclusion; Your relationship with the builders or professionals

Part 2 Achieving successful transformations

4 Kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchens; Bathrooms; Selling on

5 Adding on - conversions, conservatories and extensions

Extending outwards; Loft conversions; Basement conversions; Garages; Does the addition add on value?; Financing the addition; Renovation insurance; Windows; Energy efficiency

6 Renovations and restorations

The right builders; Planning permission and so on; Developing for profit?; Finding and financing the right place; Listed building consent; Conservation areas; Noise and noise prevention; Money matters;The process; Conversions

7 Self-build 153

Michael Jordan's experience; When is a self-build not a self-build?; Planning permission;The utilities; The plots; Skills needed; Bungalow gobbling; Barn conversions; Timber frame houses; Self-build for profit?

8 Finishing touches

Doors; Windows; Blinds and curtains; Flooring; Fireplaces; Lighting and other electrical considerations; Painting and

decorating; Wallpaper and other decorative features; Shelving and storage; Dressing and staging

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