RENO HACKS

GET THE IN­SIDER TIPS BE­FORE YOU DON YOUR HARD HAT

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T hink­ing of ren­o­vat­ing your home? We chat­ted with The

Block’s Kyal and Kara to get their ex­pert ad­vice on home ren­o­va­tions.

ASK YOUR­SELF WHY

Ac­cord­ing to home and in­te­rior de­sign ex­perts Kyal and Kara Demm­rich, work­ing out why you want to ren­o­vate is one of the most im­por­tant things. “Fig­ure out what your long-term goals are,” says Kyal. “Is this the fam­ily home you want to live in or an in­vest­ment prop­erty?”

BREAK DOWN THE BUD­GET

“Al­ways start with a bud­get so you don’t spend the bulk of your money on one room,” ad­vises Kara. “Al­lo­cate each room a bud­get and try to stick to it.”

TRACK YOUR SPEND­ING

“Make sure you record every cent you spend be­cause it adds up re­ally quickly!” ex­plains Kara. “There are some re­ally great apps out there to keep track of spend­ing and it’s some­thing you can do while sit­ting on the couch at the end of the day.”

START SMALL

“Our ad­vice is to go room by room,” rec­om­mends Kara. “The bed­room you are go­ing to spend most of your time in is a good place to start be­cause they are gen­er­ally the eas­i­est to ren­o­vate, and once you’re done you’ve got a room to es­cape the mess of the rest of the reno!”

BUY SEC­OND-HAND

Ac­cord­ing to Kyal and Kara, you can save big bucks by buy­ing un­used ma­te­ri­als. “Gumtree is a great plat­form for sec­ond-hand goods in the home sec­tion be­cause with each build there are al­ways go­ing to be build­ing ma­te­ri­als sur­plus that you can pick up for cheap,” says Kyal.

NEW ISN’T AL­WAYS BET­TER

Look at the ar­eas of your home that could be im­proved with a sim­ple cos­metic ren­o­va­tion to save money. “If your kitchen cab­i­nets are in good con­di­tion, you could just look at paint­ing them, re­plac­ing the han­dles and putting in a new tile splash­back,” says Kara.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS MAT­TER

Small changes to your yard can make a huge dif­fer­ence. “Make a nice en­try to the front door,” sug­gests Kyal. “It could just be ad­ding some step­ping stones that you can pick up for $10 each to cre­ate a nice path to the home.”

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