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Looking to upgrade your home? Answer these renovation questions to see how you compare

Extend, renovate or retrofit? If you’re looking for a warmer, more comfortable or more sustainable home, start building a picture here.

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OVER THE LAST few months, the way we use our homes has changed. For many people, the home has been transformed from just a place to lay your head, to somewhere that is a workplace, childcare facility and social hub all in one.

These radical changes to our patterns of work and social life can spark some big decisions – whether that’s considering a lifestyle change, or finally planning that big project.

So with sales of homewares booming, and builders and architects in high demand, are you one of those planning a home renovation? 

If so, there are plenty of different routes to go down. Answer the questions below to build a picture of what you’re looking to change – and see how you compare to others in the same situation.

Each time you give a rating, you’ll see how your number matches the overall reader average. Let’s start at the beginning…


How satisfied are you with your home at the moment, 10 being totally satisfied?



If you're looking to make a change, how clear are you about your renovation project? (Where 0 is 'not sure at all what I want', and 10 is 'completely clear about what I want').


When it comes to defining a project, one of the biggest challenges can be setting priorities.

What are you hoping to achieve with your renovation project? Are you looking to extend for more space, create a more sustainable home, add contemporary style - or a mixture of all three?


"I need more space." How much do you agree with this statement, 10 being very strongly agree?



"I'd like to make my home more sustainable by reducing energy costs". How much do you agree with this statement, 10 being very strongly agree?



"I'd like to update the style of my home." How much do you agree with this statement, 10 being very strongly agree?



Once you know what you’re looking to do, the next question is often: who will do it? That can depend on a number of factors, including your own DIY confidence levels.

If you’re not doing the work yourself, you’ll want to find the right professionals to do it for you. That can be a job in itself – from working through quotes and recommendations, to understanding which people you really need.


Will you be doing the work yourself? How likely are you to tackle your project without professional help - 10 being very likely?



Many people find working with contractors daunting. How confident do you feel about finding the right people for your job, 10 being very confident?



How likely are you to enlist the help of an interior designer, 10 being very likely?


Last but not least, there’s perhaps the most important question of all: money. For any successful project, it’s important to plan financially around it. Be clear about your budget, and stick to it – and if possible, know where the risky areas are that could make you overshoot.   


Of course, a lot of projects come down to money (as any Room To Improve viewer will know). Do you have a budget for your project? How confident are you about this budget, 10 being completely confident?


 So, how did you compare? Did the average ratings surprise you? Join the discussion in the comments below. 

If you’re looking to upgrade your home to be warmer, more comfortable and more sustainable, an An Post Money Green Loan could help you get there – and An Post’s one-stop Home Energy Upgrade Service takes the hassle out of the process too. To find out more about the benefits of a home upgrade, check out the An Post Green Hub.

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