Renovating can be exciting and scary at the same time. The thrill of using your space exactly how you want to, but the terrifying thought of how much that might cost you! While renovations might not be a priority at the moment, the more time you have to plan, the better your renovation will be.
Planning- This is critical. Before you go anywhere near a store or sales person you need to know what you want to do. Read magazines, browse through inspirational sites and think about what you really need and how much you're willing to spend. The more time you spend planning will mean less stress, a lower cost and a better result.
Local planning permits- If you're making structural changes be sure to apply for any permits necessary from your local Council.
Legwork- After all that planning you know what you want. So go hunting to find it cheaper! Always negotiate with sales staff and ask for a discount. You might feel awkward at first but the worst that can happen is someone says "No" and you shop elsewhere. In Australia, we find eBay or Grey's Online the best resource and in our experiance, about 50% cheaper than in stores.
DIY- Plan to do as much of the work as you can. Don't attempt any illegal plumbing or electrical work but try your hand at tiling or laying floating floor. Ensure you book any professionals to do the work that you can't well in advance.
Something will go wrong- Don't worry, you can't plan for them and it will be annoying. We call these moments "character building"!
Do you have any other renovating advice?
[photo from an amazing before & after by a matter of TAYzt]
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