Any renovation – no matter how big or small, is worth planning in advance. Take a look at our top tips to get maximum value and minimum disruption from your home improvements.

  1. Draw up a renovation budget : Without a budget you face the risk of a delayed (or worse, unfinished) project if you run out of funds, or the cost of unexpected borrowing expenses
  2. Look for creative ways to trim the cost : Keep costs under control by keeping things simple. Choosing standard-sized fittings and using material that most tradesmen are familiar with will help to prevent additional charges
  3. Break down big jobs into small chunks : If your overall project seems overwhelming just tackle it one step at a time
  4. Pick your timing with care: Renovating in summer can involve less stress : if you’re installing a new kitchen for instance, it’s no problem to cook meals on an outdoor barbecue. However some building materials are often priced according to seasonal demand, an outdoor spa for example, may be marked down in winter
  5. Skip January : The building industry virtually shuts down in January. If you need professional help urgently you could find it hard to track down a tradie
  6. Grab an app : For just a few dollars, good apps can be a great tool. Check out the likes of Paint My Place, DIY Handyman Toolbox or Houzz Interior Design Ideas for starters
  7. Focus on reality – not fantasy : There is a smorgasbord of renovating television programs that make replacing a kitchen or adding an extra bedroom look like child’s play. Don’t be fooled. Big jobs are exactly that, and major renovations take time and often plenty of money
  8. Arrange a building inspection before you start renovating : This will show if the property has problems that need to be addressed before renovations commence. A building inspection will also confirm if your home is structurally sound and able to support your planned improvements. Allow between $300 - $600 for the inspection
  9. Choose your builder wisely : Have a proper building contract drafted and know how the cost will be affected if unexpected problems arise
  10. Review your home and contents cover : Review your home and contents cover when your renovation is complete – At this time it’s important to assess the changes you have made and ensure you have the appropriate insurance place to protect you property

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