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June 2015

Top 5 Expert Tips for a Stress-free Renovation

A well-managed renovation is a stress-free one.

The key to a streamlined reno project is organisation, communication, forward planning and documentation. 

Here are 5 hot tips from professionals and experts on how to ensure your renovation project runs as smoothly and seamlessly as possible:


TIP 1: BREAK DOWN YOUR BUDGET

"Whether you’re renovating for profit or to stay in your home, your budget should be a primary driver for all renovators, new and old.

The first step is to have a detailed list of the costs that will be incurred during your renovation. Ideally this would be broken down, element by element. For example, rather than one element being demolition, have this broken down into: labour for demolition, rubbish removal, site clean up, disposal of hazardous materials (if applicable), etc.

Breaking the budget down will allow you to better determine – as you progress through the project – how well you are tracking and if you are on target to make budget."

Naomi Findlay - founder of the International Institute of Home Staging (IIHS) and SILK Home Staging & Styling.

TIP 2: AVOID OVER-INDULGING

"Choosing expensive fittings and fixtures like imported cook-tops, taps, door handles and tiles is unlikely to add to the re-sale value of your home. 

While you might believe fancier fittings and fixtures represent good design potential, buyers down the track might not like them. Mid-priced Australian-made products are often more serviceable and will bring the same price when you sell."

Brian Greig - Executive Manager Communications of REIWA

TIP 3: SOMETIMES, IT'S BEST TO LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS

"There are some household repair jobs that should always be left to the professionals, no matter how good your DIY skills are.

Here are a couple of home fixes where it’s best to call in a professional:

  • Electrical Faults - When electricity is involved it’s always best to call in a qualified electrician. Wiring repairs, replacing plug sockets and switches are not jobs for the home handyman
  • Burst Water Pipes - Replacing a tap washer or showerhead can be simple enough to an experienced DIY home handyman, but working with pipes, particularly for hot water, is definitely a job for a tradie"

Andrew Anderson - NRMA Emergency Home Assist

TIP 4: DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE HIRING CONTRACTORS

"There’s a lot of choice in the market when it comes to choosing the right tradie and it’s important not to get too attached to the developer’s glossy brochures and on-trend colour swatches. A pretty brochure doesn’t always mean the right qualifications or experience in the building game.

Research your builder and/or their company and ensure that they’re licensed. Once that’s done and and you’re comfortable with your choice, you can sign a contract.

Here's a list of some important questions to ask before hiring a builder/company."

Steve Griffin - Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission

TIP 5: HAVE A DIRECTION

"Managing a renovation project is like leading a team. It’s essential to know where you want the project to end up. For example don’t have your builders move walls one day and then ask them to change the walls two days later. It will cost you ten fold. You paid them to do it the first time, then to pull it out and then to redo, not to mention the materials you used in both cases.

A good understanding of project direction will save you in building costs."

Naomi Findlay

 

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