Top renovation mistakes to avoid

It doesn’t matter if you’re going down the DIY path or hiring an expert – no amount of experience is "Top renovation mistakes to avoid"

Top renovation mistakes to avoid

It doesn’t matter if you’re going down the DIY path or hiring an expert – no amount of experience is going to guarantee a completely seamless, stress-free renovation. If you’re considering renovating, whether be to ‘flip’ a place, or enjoy it for yourself, here’s a list of top renovation mistakes to avoid.

Renovating on impulse

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Take for example a bathroom renovation and a split decision to remove a wall or the sink, but not having the expertise or budget to complete it. So you remain wall-less or sink-less for months… or worse, years! Key outtake here is to never start without a plan.

Design without intent

It’s important to design with intent. Do you want to renovate to increase your property value in preparation for sale, or do you intend on settling in and enjoying the place for a few years? Try to keep this at the forefront of your mind. As exciting as Pinterest boards and magazines clippings can be, you need to be realistic about the purpose of the reno and how much you should invest in it, i.e. don’t put your dream kitchen in to a house that you plan to rent out.

Not enough planning

The easiest way to get yourself in to a pickle is to go in with no idea what you’re doing, or what’s going on around you. You can help yourself by putting a bit of time and effort in to understanding what it is you want to achieve, and working out the end-to-end plan of how you’re going to get there. Think about sequencing, your timeline and budget.

Tip: Don’t do the polished wooden floorboards first and then start work on the cabinets… sequencing is important.

Rules and regulations

Check regulations with your local council (including times you can get noisy) and check what tasks require a license. Local council planning approvals and application fees are required for certain things. You may need to use a council building inspector or independent building inspector.

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Lack of competence

If you’re going DIY, make sure that you or the people helping you are competent at the task at hand – three mates and a carton of beer do not guarantee an immaculate paint job. Educate yourself: Google, YouTube and your local hardware store staff are your friends.

Tip: Bunnings have some great, free DIY advice and even run free ‘how to’ workshops (most importantly, you can grab a sausage sizzle while you’re there).

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Unrealistic living arrangements

If you’re already living in the place you’re renovating, you may want to consider temporary accommodation while the work goes on. Renovating can be really stressful and really draining, and on top of that, having a messy, dirty place with little to no privacy might end up being the last straw.

Not enough wiggle room in the budget

One of the top renovation mistakes that almost everyone is going to make is blowing the budget. To avoid budget blow out, talk to professionals, tradespeople and people who have renovated before, prior to commencing work. Research the work that you’re going to be doing and try to think of every possible expected and unexpected expense you might encounter. Put contingency funds aside that aren’t ‘part of your budget’ so when you find a termite nest, you’ve got some spare cash lying around to resolve the situation and move on.

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Tradie arrangements

If you’re going to hire a contractor to do the work for you, it pays to shop around.

  • A golden rule is don’t go with the first tradie you meet – get three or more quotes for all trades
  • Review the quality of their previous work
  • Know who is doing the job – them, or do they contract it out?
  • Know who their suppliers are – some only use x brand or x store
  • Make sure they’re licensed as required
  • Ask what is and isn’t included in quotes
  • Sort the contract out properly – have stages upon which payment is made and negotiate time damages in the contract prior to commencing construction, and
  • Most importantly, go with your gut.

If you’re having trouble finding someone, there are a number of licensed tradies for hire on Airtasker.


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DIY Home Renovation Hacks

Home renovations don’t have to be costly or require handyman help because making the smallest of changes can make all "DIY Home Renovation Hacks"

DIY Home Renovation Hacks

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Home renovations don’t have to be costly or require handyman help because making the smallest of changes can make all the difference. You can also go at your own pace with DIY home renovation projects by tackling one room at a time – not to mention the costs it will save you.

However there are a few DIY home renovation hacks that you need to know before you get started.

General Tips

• Be realistic – your budget will probably blow out because let’s face it, no renovation goes according to plan. It saves a lot of stress if you account for a buffer the minute you start planning.

• Check with your council to ask if any special permission is required for your renovations.

• Do your research, there are plenty of home improvement blogs on the internet with plenty of DIY tips, just make sure you verify with various sources before you get stuck in.

• Consider giving your house a fresh coat of paint; it will make a huge difference in ambience and also will make rearranging furniture easier as it will have to be taken out of the room before painting begins.

• Got old carpet? Rip it up. It’s all about polished floorboards (or concrete) these days, so hop on the wagon and toss that old carpet.

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• Measure up the bathroom size and then everything in it. Sit down and draw up a floor plan of your current bathroom and use that figure out how to create more room.

• Use a pedestal sink or simply a sink with no vanity cupboards beneath it in a small bathroom for more floor space. This eliminates the home renovation costs of re-creating an entire plumbing system for your bathroom.

• But if you’re still worried about storage, create some open shelving for bath products, towels and magazines. This is an elegant-looking yet simple and easy solution for bathroom clutter that only takes a few painted planks of wood and brackets.

Living room

• Need more storage in your living room? DIY! Turn a big old wooden box into your coffee table, or simply add sides and a door to your existing coffee table. That way, you can store things in an easy to access place that is out of sight (e.g. Christmas decorations, linen, extra glassware, etc). This will also encourage you to keep your coffee table cleaner as you need to be able to access what’s underneath.

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• Another way to add more storage is with shelving. Consider attaching a flat-pack set of shelves to your wall and painting them the same colour; this will then allow the shelving to melt into the wall behind and not look as much like shelving. Using open shelves on a blank wall (or even a feature wall) is a great way to store candles, tissues, lamps, books, etc.


• Paint a feature wall in a calming blue or green to mix up the room and also help you sleep easier.

• Attach shelving without cupboard doors just above your bed (on top of your headboard) and use to store things that clutter up your bedside tables.

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• Go to home ware stores and let them help you design a new wardrobe system inside your pre-existing wardrobe. This way, your storage needs are suited without a knockdown/rebuild of your current wardrobe.


• Replace all the handles on your kitchen cupboards and paint the doors; great ways to use what you already have.

• Attach gliders into drawers and soft-shut systems into cupboards. This eliminated the slamming noise but also updates your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Take a look at some more Kitchen Home Improvement Ideas.


• Is your laundry a washer and dryer stacked on each other in your kitchen or bathroom? Use the cupboard under the stairs or any other cupboard (with rails and shelves removed) to hide your laundry appliances from view. Compact solution for people with little room such as flat or apartment habitants.

• If it’s possible (and you don’t already have one), add a sink to your laundry area. Make it a big, stainless steel sink that you can use to soak, dye, and wash the dogs – anything. Instead of using the bath or kitchen sink, you are able to use this sink which is out of view.

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We have plenty of Cheap Home Renovation Ideas for a bit of extra inspiration and if you need a helping hand, there are plenty of Airtaskers that can help you get your DIY home renovation task done.

This article was written by Airtasker – Zoe T.

Got any other home renovation hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheap Home Renovation Ideas

Home renovations will transform your house into more liveable modern space and better yet it will also add value to "Cheap Home Renovation Ideas"

Cheap Home Renovation Ideas


Home renovations will transform your house into more liveable modern space and better yet it will also add value to your property. If there’s a lot of work to be done, home improvements can cost a lot and not everyone can afford to spend thousands on a new kitchen or knocking out walls. However there are lots of little D.I.Y projects that will freshen up your place without a hefty price tag.

No matter what your budget is, we’ve got home renovation ideas for every price bracket; let’s take a look:

Home renovation ideas under $150

Repaint front door
They say first appearances are everything so why not give the front door a lick of paint. Maybe even go for something bright and bold as seen in the images below to make the ultimate statement.

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New light fixtures
If you walk into a light shop you’ll see sparkling light fittings dangling left, right and centre. However they can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have something amazing by being a little creative with your inner DIY skills. By using household items such as plates or mason jars you can make eye-catching lights for your house.

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It’s really simple to make a mason jar light, all you need is the jar, electrical cord and a few tools. Watch the video below to see how easy it is.

Add storage
It’s a well-known fact that you can never have too much storage in the kitchen, bathroom and basically in every room. So why not build some extra shelves or bookcases that won’t only declutter your place but also double up as a focal point by adding some bright colours.

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Home renovation ideas under $500

Update curtains
Changing the littlest thing such as your curtain material can make all the difference to a room. If they were darker change to lighter tones to make a room seem larger or perhaps completely change dated venetian blinds for softer roman blinds or curtains.

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Add greenery
There’s no end to what you can do when adding living plants by placing potted plants or terrariums around the home. But for the WOW factor look at building a stunning vertical wall garden or in-built herb garden for the foodies.

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For larger scale vertical gardens you might want to call in the professionals, but to achieve a similar outcome make smaller ones that look like living picture frames. You can buy pre-made boxes and wall pockets, or go through the fun of building it and uniquely design it for your space.

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Add a skylight
If you have a dark house consider adding some more light, it will do wonders for your place and have a huge impact on just about everything. This is where a Airtasker handyman might come in handy to help you install a skylight for a relatively cheap price.

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Home renovation ideas under $1000

Paving outdoor areas
Does your backyard need a bit of a facelift? Adding or replacing old pavers will revamp your entertaining areas and can also spruce up your front entrance.

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Refresh cabinets
You could reuse your old cabinets by stripping back the wood and adding fresh coat of paint, or you could completely change the look and feel of your kitchen with new cabinet doors. It will cost you a lot less than replacing the entire kitchen fit out.

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Repaint entire house
If you want to make the biggest impact why not repaint the entire house? It will make everything look instantly brighter no matter what colour you choose. Be warned though, it could take lots of your precious time to perfectly paint every room, remember many hands make light work easier.


Replace lawn
If you are about to sell your house this is a task worth considering, as it will directly impact your home’s value. Even if you’re not going to sell, if grass is looking sparse it could be time to get some new turf, the kids (and you) will love the feeling of new grass under your toes.

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Got any other cheap home renovation ideas? Let us know in the comments below!