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Tips On Breaking Up Your Renovation Project

While a renovation journey is rewarding and exciting, it can also be daunting and overwhelming all the same. Reviewing your renovation costs can often seem crippling and make your experience a stressful one rather than enjoyable. Taking on a full-scale renovation all in one hit is masterful stuff and can easily become too advanced for first-time fixer-uppers. Below are some tips to help break up the guts of your renovation into manageable projects:

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Focus On The Big Stuff
When planning your renovation, make sure to prioritise all your big structural work first and worry about your cosmetics later. While you want your home to be beautiful, making sure your house is in working order will save you money in the long run. After all, if you’ve cut corners, chances are some of the surface design may have to be redone. Things to watch out for are plumbing problems as well as electrical and framing issues.

Understand Your Budget
Breaking up your renovation into smaller-scale projects may be more manageable, but understanding that it may add to your renovation costs is important. That is because bringing in a team of tradies will cost more each visit, as opposed to a big lump sum job that is conducted in one hit. Attacking your renovation piece by piece should not be overshadowed by the potential extra cash, as it still presents may benefits, however being aware of this will save you any financial shock in the long term.

Shop Around
As you are allocating yourself more time to tackle a big full-scale renovation, you also have the luxury of more time to shop. Making sure you are getting the best value for money when choosing materials and appliances will mean you are able to do more with your budget.

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Design Style
Deciding on an interior design style early will be a good framework for the body of your renovation. If you are choosing to approach your renovation area by area, having a consistent flow in colours and theme will be essential. If your project is going to be spread out over a long period of time, make sure to choose a design that you won’t change your mind on.

Know When To Bring In Contractors
While you may consider yourself a whizz with a paintbrush or a handyman in the home, it may be advisable to save the fiddly work, like electrical or plumbing for professionals. While extra help may add to your overall renovation costs, you don’t want your DIY project to stand for ‘destroy it yourself’. Let your home be art, not a canvas of mistakes.

Do The Floors Last
While you may decide to tackle your home room by room, it is advisable to save the floors till the very end as they will bear the brunt of your hard work with constant moving and shuffling. Having the floorboards placed down in one hit will mean you only need to call in the one contractor and you will reduce the risk of them getting scuffed or paint-stained.

If you’re looking for someone to carry out your renovation project, our team at iBuildNew can help you! Contact us on 1300 943 640  or for free assistance in finding a builder.

Breanna Taylor

Breanna Taylor is a third-year journalism and PR student studying at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. She has a strong passion for interior design and a growing interest in property development and renovation.


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