Home Renovation Grants

Matt Keane
August 8, 2023

Facing the daunting task of renovating your home but fretting about the mounting costs? Home Renovation Grants in Ireland could be the silver lining you’ve been seeking. This comprehensive guide from BuildTech, a premier design and build company in Ireland, will give you an in-depth understanding of these grants. It will also highlight how you can avail of them to optimise your renovation project.

Understanding Home Renovation Grants

Home renovation grants are monetary incentives the government or other organisations offers to encourage homeowners to enhance their properties. They can cover a range of home improvements, including insulation, heating systems, solar panels, windows and doors, accessibility features, structural repairs, and the refurbishment of vacant or derelict properties.

Why are these Grants Beneficial?

Home renovation grants offer numerous advantages to homeowners, including:

  • Cost and Energy Efficiency: They can help reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, promoting sustainability.
  • Improved Comfort and Health: You can improve your home’s comfort and health conditions through these grants.
  • Increased Property Value: Renovating your home can increase market value and attractiveness.
  • Space Optimisation: Grants can aid in creating more functional living spaces.
  • Heritage Conservation: They can help preserve the historical and architectural integrity of older properties.
  • Economic Support: You can contribute to local employment and the economy by undertaking renovation work.

Main Home Renovation Grants Available in Ireland

There are several home renovation grants available in Ireland. They cater to a variety of projects and needs:

Free Energy Upgrades (Warmer Homes Scheme)

This scheme provides free home energy upgrades to homeowners who receive certain social welfare payments. Upgrades may include attic insulation, cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation, heating controls, LED lighting, and energy advice.

Individual Home Energy Upgrade Grants (Better Energy Homes)

This scheme offers grants to increase home energy efficiency, covering home insulation, heating system upgrades, solar water heating, and solar electricity.

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

This grant helps homeowners adapt their homes for people with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities or mental health difficulties. It covers works such as installing stairlifts, adapting bathrooms, widening doorways, or creating a downstairs bedroom.

Housing Aid for Older People Grant

This grant aids older people in improving their home conditions to facilitate independent living for longer. The grant can cover repairs to roofs, windows and doors, rewiring, plumbing, and installation of smoke alarms or security locks.

Mobility Aids Grant Scheme

This grant assists homeowners with mobility issues to make their homes more accessible and comfortable. The grant can cover installations of grab rails, access ramps, level access showers, or stairlifts.

Home Renovation Incentive

This incentive allows homeowners, landlords, and local authority tenants to claim a tax credit on home improvement costs. The tax credit is 13.5% of the qualifying expenditure, which must be between €4,405 and €30,000 (before VAT).

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant

This grant assists homeowners in refurbishing vacant or derelict properties for personal use or as rental properties. A grant of up to €50,000 is available for refurbishment works, and a top-up grant of up to €20,000 is available for derelict properties.

Repair and Leasing Scheme

This scheme aids owners of vacant properties in converting them into social housing. It provides up to €60,000 per property for repairs and improvements, repaid by leasing the property to a local authority or approved housing body for at least ten years.

How to Apply for Home Renovation Grants in Ireland?

Though the application process varies depending on the scheme and local authority, it generally involves the following steps:

  • Check Eligibility: Understand the criteria and terms and conditions of the scheme you’re interested in.
  • Get Quotes: Obtain quotes from registered contractors like BuildTech, who are experienced in navigating the grant application process and executing renovations.
  • Fill Out Application: Submit your application along with the necessary documents.
  • Approval & Completion: Upon approval, complete the works within the specified timeframe and according to the standards.
  • Receive Your Grant: Submit receipts and certificates of completion for inspection and verification to receive your grant payment or tax credit.

Embarking on a Successful Renovation Journey with BuildTech

At BuildTech, we specialise in turning your renovation dreams into reality. With over 20 years of experience, we deliver high-quality, affordable services tailored to your needs.

Our full suite of services covers everything from design to completion:

  • Architectural design and planning permission
  • Structural engineering and building regulations
  • Project management and site supervision
  • Construction and installation
  • Plumbing and electrical works
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Plastering and painting
  • Flooring and tiling
  • Landscaping and fencing

We work closely with you to understand your requirements, preferences, and budget. We provide expert advice on maximising your home’s potential and leveraging available grants and incentives. We’re your trusted partner in home renovations with quality materials, skilled tradesmen, and high workmanship standards.

Your Dream Home Awaits

Home Renovation Grants can make your dream home a reality without stretching your budget. With a comprehensive understanding of these grants and expert guidance from BuildTech, you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey. Don’t wait any longer – start your home renovation project today with BuildTech! We’re eager to bring your vision to life!

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