How to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

How to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

It’s not uncommon for Mr Right to be called out to renovated properties to either undo or redo work that has been recently completed.  If you are planning a renovation, here are some tips from the trade to ensure that you don’t end up in this situation.

Breaking the budgetIt’s all in the planning…

A renovation is a major undertaking, but it is surprising how many people don’t put the time into planning.  Firstly, think through why you want to renovate.  Is it to add value for when you sell your property?  Is it to improve your living space for your family?  Know what you want.  Then develop the plan for a renovation that meets your specific needs.

Develop a staged master plan with timelines, costs and responsibilities apportioned to each element and you will be able to keep your renovation on track and, hopefully, on budget.

Breaking the budget

Overspending on the budget is probably one of the most common renovation mistakes, either through lack of planning and not factoring in all the elements.  Effective planning (see above) should minimise the risk.

The key things to do are factor in a buffer for those unexpected costs, and break the budget down into individual elements – building expenses, labour costs, materials costs, fixtures and fittings.

And keep track of your budget – setting the budget is the beginning of the process, not the end.


Painting RenovationMost renovations involved a DIY element, commonly interior painting.  Think of your final coat of paint as the finishing touch.  The cream on the Pavlova if you will.  It doesn’t matter how much
cream you put on, if you’ve skimped on the meringue…

Cleaning, repairing wall damage, removing stains, filling and sealing along with a quality undercoat are essential.

And make sure to get some good advice.  Most paint shops are more than happy to talk through your project with you and recommend the most appropriate products.  Many also have a selection of ‘how to’ sheets that explain the process step by step.  It might seem like a time consuming exercise, but it will pay off in the end.

This is a topic I will be revisiting in the not too distant future with a focus on renovations we have been involved with that have really added value to properties, which in Melbourne certainly seems to be what most home owners want.

All the best, Martin


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