Danni’s top five tips for home ren­o­va­tions

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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.

4. Com­pro­mise

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.

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