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Preparing For A Renovation

January 30, 2014
Preparing For A Renovation

The following are some tips you can follow that will set you in good stead to commence your renovation.

Guidelines and Regulations

It’s advisable before commencing any renovation, to look at council guidelines and be sure to gain written approval if and where required.

You don’t want to be in the unfortunate situation of having renovated the home with an extension to the existing dwelling, only to be told that it does not meet council building guidelines and as a result you have to demolish it.

It does happen!


Think about what it is you want to achieve from your renovation.

It could be as straightforward as you require a new kitchen splashback as the current one is looking tired and dated.

Or, your family may be expanding and you need a whole new level added to your existing ground floor home.

Whatever it may be, think about the end result you want to achieve and then go about researching this dream to become a reality.

Professional Advice

There is an abundance of talented and trained professionals within the renovation industry that will be only too happy to help with your renovating enquiries.

From architects to interior designers, cabinet makers to tilers, internal window covering experts to tile specialists.

Are you confused about what colour to paint your walls?

Do you need help in designing the perfect kitchen storage solution?

Do you want to install solar power panels to help reduce your utility bills?

Whatever the renovating conundrum, there is a professional that can help.

Quotes, Estimates and Contracts

Before signing a contract, be sure to read the document properly, understand all terms and seek advice if you’re in anyway unclear.

Be sure to know the difference between a quote and an estimate.

It may seem obvious however; this can really trip people up and in turn, be a costly error.

An estimate is exactly that. A reasonable approximation of the costs involved without knowing the precise extent of the work to be carried out and what the final materials to be used are.

Someone who provides an estimate is not legally obliged to complete the job at that estimate.

A quote on the other hand, is indeed an enforceable legal document. It details clearly the materials to be used, the work to be done and usually contains a time-frame in which the quote is valid.


Probably the most challenging of all things when it comes to renovating, is following a budget.

There is no real set rule when it comes to devising a budget other than to try and plan ahead as best you can.

Be realistic with what you can and can’t afford. You don’t want to be in a position where you run out of funds half way through a renovation.