Danni’s top five tips for home renovations
1. Have a plan
Work out where you are going to start and what actually needs to be done before undertaking any of the renovations.
2. Be realistic about your budget
Research what things cost before determining what sort of renovation you want. It is one thing to buy a product but then you also have to pay for the installation costs as well. You also need to set a realistic budget and always add 15 per cent for incidentals. Problems will always happen.
3. Build a tradie army
Whoever the main person is that you are working with (normally a builder), you need to have mutual respect. It’s a very tedious process, it’s stressful and taxing so you need to be able to work together well. Try and make sure you are surrounded by a good team of tradies and get them sorted early.
Select the areas in your home that you are going to inject capital into and base that on two things: if you’re looking to resell or what’s important to you, and put your money into that.
5. Renovating is a challenge
Things are going to go wrong so put yourself in to a situation where you have time. If it’s a flip, then it’s different. But if it’s your house, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to get things done quickly as all it will do is ruin relationships.