Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Home Revamps -

There are things you can’t do your­self and that’s when you’ll have to call in the pros. Here are a few ways to make the whole process more ef­fi­cient and re­duce the hit to the hip pocket at the same time.

• Avoid the tradie run-around. Go with rec­om­men­da­tions from friends and fam­ily of peo­ple who will not only turn up but also do a great job.

• If get­ting quotes, write out a list of the jobs you want done, in­clud­ing any

fit­tings you’ll be sup­ply­ing. That way all your quotes will be based on the same info and you can eas­ily com­pare with no nasty sur­prises later.

• Tally up all the jobs you need a trades­man to do so they can all be done at once. This will avoid ex­tra call-out fees, which are usu­ally charged every time a tradie turns up.

• Find out if there are any jobs you can do your­self to cut down the cost. For ex­am­ple, run­ning ca­bles for elec­tri­cians, dig­ging trenches for plumbers or clean­ing and get­ting rid of rub­bish.

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