Janik’s tips for ren­o­va­tors

Australian House & Garden - - Advice -

Unforeseen is­sues and costs are in­evitable. Men­tally pre­pare for them and make sure there is a con­tin­gency fund within the bud­get to cover sur­prises.

Save money by sourc­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als or re­use ma­te­ri­als from your own project. The bricks for my front wall are leftovers from other peo­ple’s projects and all they cost me was a few car­tons of beer. The old drive­way pavers were still in good con­di­tion so I laid them down the side of the house.

Spend­ing a lit­tle ex­tra on the more promi­nent el­e­ments can make a huge vis­ual dif­fer­ence, which will en­hance your over­all project and add re­sale value.

Tack­ling the paint­ing your­self can de­liver huge sav­ings.

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