These top five tips from the ex­perts will set you well on your way to build­ing suc­cess, writes Chelsea Clark

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Go­ing it alone can be an at­trac­tive op­tion for peo­ple look­ing at build­ing their own home or ren­o­vat­ing. By man­ag­ing your own project you can save money on an al­ready tight bud­get and have com­plete con­trol over ab­so­lute­lyutely ev­ery­thing to do with your build or ren­o­va­tion.

But man­ag­ing time­lines, bud­gets, ap­provals, con­tracts and trades­peo­ple can also take its toll and, de­pend­ing on the size of your project, may even re­quire tak­ing time off your reg­u­lar job.

We asked the ex­perts for their top project man­age­ment tips and it’s no sur­prise their unan­i­mous an­swer wer was to plan, plan and then plan some more.

“Be­fore your project even gets off the ground, you have to make sure that you’re pro­tected if ev­ery­thing falls over,” says Kaitlin Sells from Fam­ily Home Ex­perts, a com­pany that helps guide clients through their build or ren­o­va­tion project. “There are myr­iad con­tracts out there so if you’re not clear which con­tract you should be us­ing, go a and speak with a con­struc­tion lawye lawyer who can ad­vise you which one is s suit­able for the type of m man­age­ment role you’ll be tak­ing on,” she says. “If your man­age­ment of the project doesn’t match your obli­ga­tions in the con­tract, you c could be in a world of trou­ble if so some­thing goes wrong and the cont con­tract won’t be there to sup­port you so it’ it’s re­ally im­por­tant to get this right from the start.” The NSW Depart­ment of Fair Trad­ing has free down­load­able con­tracts avail­able for both big and small projects.

A project like this kitchen, de­signed by Dean Her­ald from Rolling Stone Land­scapes for his own fam­ily, takes a lot of care­ful plan­ning.

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