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Basic Home Renovating Tips

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Renovating tips from real life experiences.

  • Work fast - don't rush, otherwise you will run the risk of making mistakes.
  • Workmanship - take extra time to ensure you meet the standard of workmanship you are after.
  • Don't take shortcuts - there is only one way of doing the job/task - doing it the right way. Cutting corners will expose you down the track when you have to do the job again much sooner than you think.
  • Skilled tradie - consider using a professional for tougher jobs, when you don't have the right tools, lack the appropriate experience/confidence or when time is a factor.
  • Power tools - cordless battery operated or electric? Cordless is painful if you have to continually stop to swap out batteries, but great if there is no power onsite or you need to work on the roof. For occasional use, I would buy the cheapest available, but for everyday use, I would get something that is better quality. Or just buy whatever you can afford - I worked with a cheap $50 belt sander from Bunnings everyday for number of weeks and it didn't breakdown, therefore some cheap electric power tools and can be reliable for occassional or heavy use.
  • Set a budget - set a realistic budget at the start. Ideally you will want to work within that set budget, but be prepared to contribute additional money during every stage due to unforseen issues or circumstances.
  • Time - always over estimate the time it will take to do the job. 
  • Goal - if the intention is to sell the house, make sure you don't over capitalise and if the intention is to keep the house, make sure what you are doing is actually going to add extra value or be more functional than before, otherwise you will be wasting your time and money. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms when selling a house. 
  • Living arrangements - it's always easier to work in an unoccupied or empty house. Renovating kitchens and bathrooms over a few days whilst living in the house can be extremely messy and inconvenient.
  • Labour cost vs time - if you want to save money and have the time, then DIY is a very good option, as the labour cost can end up being the expensive part of the project. On the other hand, if you want to save money but don't have the time, then DIY might not be a good option as you might become demoralised when you can't finish the job.
  • New vs used materials - consider using quality secondhand materials whenever you can. Unfortunately you have to be in the right place at the right time to find them. Try Factory seconds shops, ask for scratch and dent discounts, ask for old stock discounts or visit salvage yards.
  • Extra help - it's always easier to complete a job when you have someone available to help, as some jobs are made easier with an extra pair of hands.
  • Safety - always wear approved masks, eye protection and gloves. Don't take risks with using power tools without the appropriate precautions. Always read the instructions. 
  • Advice - approach every task with an open mind. Seek professional advice when you get stuck or unsure. I normally use the internet or youtube for ideas and guidance, as well as asking for advice from an ex-tradie working at the hardware store.
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