What to consider before starting a renovation project, from budget to building materials

A renovation project is a huge challenge and prior planning and preparation is an absolute must. From budget to building materials, via a healthy dose of realism, being absolutely clear about your end goal will maximise your chances of success and your renovation project will be something that you can look back on with a huge sense of achievement.

Whether your project is to renovate an entire house, or just one room — perhaps the kitchen or bathroom — ensuring that you have a trusted supplier for your building materials is crucial.

At Chandlers Building Supplies we understand the complexities of renovation projects and as well as offering over 20,000 product lines, we are specialists in groundworks, roofing, brick matching and landscape supplies. We also offer an estimating service for your building plans and will source and deliver any of your building materials that we do not keep in stock (as well as those that we do!).

Whatever the size of the project it's easy to get caught up in all the practicalities, so that  preliminary planning can be overlooked. There may be building regulations to check and contractors to engage, for example, yet keeping sight of the big picture is essential.

Here are some top tips to consider before starting your renovation project:


Estimate your costs carefully and add a percentage to account for unforeseen items which invariably arise. A Chandlers Advantage Card can really help to manage your building materials expenses by offering trade prices as well as earning reward points on a range of products and promotions.


You need a clear idea of how your project will look and feel. Compile magazine cuttings, browse the internet, and talk to experts as well as taking advice from those who have done this before. Take careful note of the scope of the work and your building materials options. Once you know what you want, it's time to compile your building materials list.

Allow ample time to select your building materials

This aspect is always bigger — and takes much longer — than many suspect. As well as style and function, your building materials check should include not only price, but availability.

Check and check again

Whether you are undertaking the work or employing tradespeople for some (or all of it), your building materials list needs to be double-checked so that everything you need is available, at the time that it's needed. Our customers tell us that our building materials estimating service is invaluable.

Future-proof your renovation

Trends will come and go, but classic styles will always be just that: classic. Using quality building materials and finishes will ensure that your renovation project look stylish for many years to come.

Chandlers Building Supplies is an independently-owned builders' merchant with branches across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the West Midlands.

We are proud to provide building materials to the construction industry as well as individual customers renovating their homes. Our delivery fleet can accommodate crane off-loads, through to small van deliveries and our experienced, helpful staff will be delighted to offer advice.

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