On Skopelos, how to save money while renovating your house is probably going to be an issue of concern if you do not follow some advice.
Renovations are common when owners purchase their “new” old holiday home. The condition of the cottage or holiday house may vary considerably, unless they have purchased a newly constructed structure.
House renovations on Skopelos Island can be a pleasure or a headache, depending on whom you have selected to renovate the property you purchased, and the condition it is in. the language is difficult so communication can be an issue. Being understood is important. “Greek Island time” is different to that of digital watch time. Someone must be present to make certain things get done on time etc.
Because the majority of purchases are those of older houses on sale, the personality and vision of the owner must be reflected in the structure and this requires renovation. The headaches start when people attempt to do everything on their own. As mentioned before, the language and customs of the island can be overcome when you use a responsible local, such as your realtor and their team, to handle the whole affair. Pleasure is best assured this way.
We strongly advise this avenue in the long term.
The property you purchase may be in a state of dismal disrepair but offers a terrific view or location or both. If the structure is in good shape but needs a better layout and your personal touch to suit your needs, you are fortunate. During the renovation, the house will have to have many different checks carried out. This job will need someone that will keep an eye on the people that carry out the work, whether it is structural, electrical, plumbing etc. these can be expensive if directions are not clear and concise. An overseer is a sure way to save money and take care of the issues you would otherwise have to deal with.
On the Greek Islands, Greek property laws often have restrictions in traditional zones and on the structures within them. Properties within these zones have to fit in with others around them. Structures must be built according to local zoning specifications. Having someone to help with this legal issue saving you from hassles and wasted money is very important long term.
However, once the renovations are done, the end result adds to the authenticity of your home. Saving money also adds value to your property because it is still “in pocket”. You can then choose to rent periodically, sell or enjoy the renovated house for yourself.
Renovations of Old Property
Many of the properties on Skopelos can be hundreds of years old, especially in the older island settlements. They were built with care and have history.
On Skopelos Island and in Skopelos Town many cottages in the country and old stone houses in the villages are for sale. These were sturdily built by stonemasons of repute. However, they may require some or even substantial renovation because they do not cater to your specific needs or tastes.
Renovations to these old structures may include restoring traditional features that characterize the building style of the area and the building. This may be part of the zoning laws and as such, it is illegal to change. Part of the job may be masonry that needs to be pointed, restoring stone arches and even reconstructing stone benches and fireplaces in some grander villas or traditional cooking ovens in the more rural ones. All must be restored to their former glory by law. The plus side is the added charisma of your newly renovated Skopelos home. This is best done with the help of your realtor who has the teams of professionals to do the job and keeps an eye on things in your absence.
Skopelos Realty specializes in this kind of work. Architects, stonemasons, and other construction experts, all working together transform your new Skopelos property into a home with lots of character.
The renovation process starts with you and Skopelos Realty. We will arrange a meeting with our collaborating architect and civil engineer. They will explain, in detail, what can be done to the property and suggest the options available.
Together we will finalize your requirements, and then you can enjoy an extended stay or go back home. For our part, you can be certain that we will take care of everything as per your specifications. You will be kept informed on the renovation process as it progresses. We will be sending you Photographs, Video, and written reports regularly on the work in progress.
Depending on your specifications, the time required for the completion of the renovation will vary. During that time, we will take care of everything necessary to the renovation for you.
In order to save more money on your renovation, we offer, project management and can also help you with design ideas, plans and renovation permissions, municipal requirements a.so.. In addition, for your rural cottage, neo-classical, town-house, or island villa, we can propose exterior and interior design ideas, colour schemes, tiles, ceilings, beams, period correct paneling, lighting, fireplaces, central heating, air-conditioning, electrical plans, new plumbing, ideas and plans for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, space-saving ideas, living and dining areas. The whole renovation package at a very fair price.