Why renovate your house? When you buy a house or an apartment, or when you want to give a new atmosphere to your home, the renovation of your house can be interesting on several points. The first point is the enhancement of the value of your home, especially in case of sale in the short or medium term. Your property can only be financially enhanced. Renovating some of the interior or exterior spaces of your house, or even all of the living areas, can be beneficial: restoring the various roofs that have become obsolete, refreshing a space so that it corresponds to your tastes or to the needs of potential future buyers, renovating your kitchen or modernizing your living room, or even your dining room. There is no shortage of examples of how to renovate your home. Major renovation work on your home in Belgium not only adds value to your property at the time of sale, but also provides security for all the inhabitants or future buyers of your home. Updating the various electrical or plumbing systems to current safety standards is a significant asset. Another essential point concerning a house renovation is the savings made in case of renovation. Indeed, an obsolete boiler or electrical system, not corresponding to the safety standards, can involve an additional cost at the level of the invoices, sometimes important on the level of your budget. Hence the importance, often necessary, to invest financially to carry out a major renovation of these operating systems. The renovation of your home can be accompanied by new elements to contribute to your well-being or that of future buyers. The creation of a new living room, inside or outside; the renewal of the ventilation system or simply a renewal of the interior decoration and layout: the projects of modernization of your home are numerous. Renovation companies can help you implement your wishes and needs regarding the future modernisation of your home. The steps involved in renovating your home in Belgium depend on the desired modernisation project. In order to optimise your renovation project, it is recommended to carry out the various works between April and September, in order to prepare your home for the different operating systems in the cold season. This is especially important if you wish to replace or modernise your boiler or electrical system. Another important detail, it is mandatory to inform your municipality in order to be delivered a planning permission, for any renovation of your house. Whether this renovation is minimal or important, various stages are not to be neglected. It begins with the demolition of existing spaces, a step where the presence of various professionals specialized in demolition and renovation will be important. This also requires preparation and protection work prior to the demolition, for health and safety reasons. In the case of a demolition of walls for example, it is important to keep certain partitions of the space concerned. This can avoid unpleasant surprises, such as a collapsing ceiling, for example. After the evacuation of waste, a stage which can be perilous, arrives the phase of partitioning of the space to be modernized. The isolation of the latter also comes into play at this point. For example, if you want to modernize your heating system, make sure that all the elements contributing to the external insulation, such as windows or doors, are well insulated. Also make sure that the thermal resistance is of good quality, so that the energy performance is at its maximum. The replacement of electrical or plumbing systems should also be done at this time. If all the above-mentioned installations need to be materially renewed, call on a company specialized in general renovation, close to your home. Different professionals from different fields, such as plumbing or electricity, will be able to carry out specialized and precise work. Once the systems have been renewed and the thermal insulation of your walls changed, the windows will have to be replaced, especially if the thermal insulation is renewed. Indeed, poor thermal insulation or bad material can lead to more expensive energy bills. Once the wall work is finished and the partitions have been renewed, the next step is to embellish the interior, particularly the paintwork. This can be refreshing your ceilings and walls with different undercoats and coats of paint to make them look like brand new spaces. Next, the installation of the floor coverings takes place, especially if the floors chosen require careful installation. Once the aesthetic and technical stages are completed, all that remains is to put your furniture back in place, or to proceed with the installation of new spaces, such as a dressing room or new appliances for your kitchen. Don't forget to thoroughly clean the newly transformed spaces: ask the renovation company you have chosen to carry out your home modernization work if this option is included in the final quote. What is a renovation company? A renovation company takes care of the various aspects of the work on your home. It brings together, through a call for projects, a group of professionals specializing in many areas, ranging from plumbing to painting, through the demolition of walls and partitions. So you won't have to call many professionals to ask for different quotes: using a company specializing in general renovation can save you time. They can be called in to do both extension and renovation work. Another interesting point of a renovation company is the coordination of the project established at the beginning, while respecting a precise specification, such as a limited budget or a time limit, for example. How to choose a good renovation company? To determine the renovation company that will come to take care of your modernization work of your home, various really important criteria are to be considered in this important choice. First of all, the choice of a company close to your home is strongly advised, in particular to have a precise idea of the previous projects carried out. During the first meetings with this renovation company, which are essential for establishing the renovation project and the estimate, ask them for some references of previous projects. Moreover, you can also get information, before this meeting, via their social networks and their website. Finally, if you know someone who has used the services of the renovation company in question, ask them for feedback on the work they did. This will give you a clear idea of the company you may have chosen to work on the renovation of your home and avoid unpleasant surprises during the work. The choice of a good renovation company is also based on the choice of labels. The label of the approved company, which is issued by the Walloon Region, is very important in the choice of the company. The companies having this label, are in particular in financial and legal order. Finally, you should choose a renovation company of a substantial size if you have important modernization work, for example.How much does a renovation company cost? In the case of renovation work that is substantial, the refreshment work costs less than a total renovation site. Indeed, these works of refreshment include in particular the painting and the renewal of the floor coverings. It is therefore necessary to count between 60€ and 320€ per m², excluding taxes. In the case of a complete renewal of a space, including in particular the change of glazing or the plumbing system, consider between 550€ and 1100€ per m², not including VAT. Finally, if the modernization project is really important, where destruction works have to be done for example, the cost is estimated between 1050€ and 2500€ per m², taxes not included. The renovation company potentially chosen will be able to guide you in the financial estimation of your home modernization project, and thus create a personalized quote.What are the aids to renovate a house in Belgium? For a renovation of your house or apartment, dedicated aids exist in each region. In Wallonia, a premium dedicated to renovation has been introduced from June 1, 2019. You can benefit from it thanks to the passage of a housing auditor. He or she will be able to advise you on the various priority works to be carried out, in addition to releasing various bonuses that can be personalised according to the type of work desired and your income. In the long term, you will be able to make some interesting savings, particularly in terms of heating. Please note that a visit by a housing auditor approved by the Walloon Region is necessary before the work can begin. You can also apply for loans from the Société Wallonne du Crédit Social, which have reduced interest rates, or even zero interest rates.In the Brussels region, there are two premiums dedicated to home renovation. Firstly, the housing renovation premium, which is accessible for all types of work and is financially interesting. It is particularly dedicated to extension work, or soundproofing for a house, for example. You can also apply for an energy bonus, especially if you change your boiler system. Finally, some communes in this region offer communal bonuses dedicated to certain housing works. Don't hesitate to ask about these grants;
Wavre is a city in Belgium located in Wallonia, more precisely in the Province of Walloon Brabant. The city of Wavre has 34,200 inhabitants and has merged with the municipalities of Limal and Bierges.
Located in the Dyle Valley, the inhabitants are called the Wavriens, but also the Macas. To be called Maca, one must be born in Wavre of parents who were themselves born in Wavre. From a historical point of view, Maca refers to the statue of a young boy climbing the façade of the Town Hall. This statue is said to bring good luck if you caress its buttocks.
An important economic centre in the Province of Walloon Brabant thanks to its business centre and two economic activity zones, you can also find the very famous amusement park, Walibi.
Among the famous people born in Wavre, we can mention Maurice Carême, the poet, as well as Soeur Sourire, born Jeanne-Paule Deckers. The mayor of Wavre is currently the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel.