7 tips for a successful renovation

Renovating your property will not only give you a great new look and feel – it will also increase the value of your home. Whether you’re hoping to update a room, fix particular sections or restore your home throughout, a home renovation project is a big investment of time, energy and money.

The key is good planning and careful decisions. But that can seem overwhelming at the start. Check out our seven tips that will help you get the best results from your renovation.

1. Choose the right professionals

The people you choose (developer/builder, architect, designer) will be key to you getting the best possible results from your project. 

Start with research to find the right renovator for you. Ask your friends (and their friends) for recommendations. Check out various websites and do a drive-by of their recent work. Make a short list and have a chat with them. Don’t be afraid to ask for references (and to contact the referees). Make sure you’re comfortable that they understand your needs and are really listening to what you want. Also check their qualifications, registrations and memberships of any relevant industry bodies. 

If your redesign includes more complex elements (such as moving dividers or a large second-storey deck), the builder will connect you with an engineer who specialises in these areas. It’s important to make sure that you don’t get carried away during this stage. Keep an eye on things to make sure the drawings stay within your budget range. While your project is taking shape, your builder can connect you with an interior designer . If the rebuild isn’t huge you could consider designing the interior yourself. If so, don’t be afraid to ask your builder for advice. They’ve done this many times before and will be able to point you in the direction of reliable suppliers. It’s worth taking the time to visit their display areas so that you get to see exactly what you’re buying. That will save you making expensive mistakes.

2. Prioritise your needs

Before starting off, work out precisely what you need included in your renovation. It’s a good idea to list ‘essentials’ and ‘nice to haves’ so that if you need to cut back, you can. Think about every component in your renovation, like appliances, cupboards, shelving, lights, deck and sound system – and how everything might work together. Being very clear at this stage will help you when you’re making major purchases and assists you with sticking to your budget. 

3. Organise your budget 

How much do you want to spend? Or more importantly, how much does your budget allow you to spend? Getting your finances in order before you start your renovation is critical. Make sure you have enough to cover all the build and fit-out costs. Then keep an extra 10% to 15% aside for unexpected costs that might crop up during the build. (Who ever heard of a renovation coming in well under budget?). 

Then think carefully about additional costs you might incur. For example, if you have a kitchen renovation planned, you’ll be eating out a lot or buying lots of takeaway, and that can be expensive. Or if your home office is being renovated, you might want to think about paying for a co-working space. Make a list of every possible contingency. 

Extras are really tempting too, but you need to keep an eye on the cost. Do you want a security system? Is it necessary to include child security locks, pet doors or plug covers to ensure the safety of kids and pets? Consider every additional item you want included. 

Add up the cost, check your bank balance and speak with your banker about your financing options.

4. Plan for disruptions 

If you’re living in your home during the renovations, you’ll experience a whole range of disruptions. These will depend on the type of renovation. For example, you may need to have your water shut off for a period of time. Ask your builder to give you a bit of warning about this type of disruption so that you can be prepared. You can fill the esky with water bottles, enough to last you through, and arrange to shower at a friend’s house or at the gym. 

When you renovate, mess and dust are inevitable. Take a deep breath and keep focused on the end result – a home that’s exactly what you want.

5. Create a timeline 

Since you know what you need with your home remodels and have found the workers to hire, you might tend to wait until they are finished. Home renovation can be costly, and you’ll go through more resources if workers for hire work slowly. 

If you prefer not to sit around and pay, meet with your project workers and make a remodel timetable. Both of you ought to work out the terms of each venture necessary to finish the task. Having a plan of events is fundamental despite how minor your home redesign is, as this will keep workers on time. 

Your home remodelling schedule should incorporate space for the transportation and transfer of materials and planning of the task area. Add a couple of additional days on the off chance that the assignment faces sudden issues or crises.

6. Pack away your valuables  

Any renovation project will have an impact on each room in the house. It’s always smart to take down pictures, move containers, and pack away bits and pieces before any work starts. While you’re at it, find ways to secure your fixed installations, organising worked-in cupboards and ceiling fixtures . Cover your flooring with cardboard sheets if it needs to remain in good condition.

7. Shop around for interiors 

When everything is moving along nicely, it’s time to look for looking for interior pieces. There’s so much choice out there it can be confusing and even overwhelming. A good place to start is collecting some photos online – of colours and items you like and those you don’t like. That will help you to narrow your choices down.

Then look at how much you want to spend on each. It might be worth checking out department store sales for budget cushions, for example, and spending more on that perfect piece of art. Explore online shopping, op shops, online auctions, local social media pages – and notice how far your budget will extend.

And finally…

Remember that renovations, even the smallest ones, can cause mess, interruption, inconvenience and stress. Be prepared, and try not to let it get you down! 

Our friendly team at Auscore are always ready to help with any questions you might have, no matter how small. Contact us today on 1300 034 251.