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Renovation Checklist: Everything you Need to Know Before Taking the Plunge

By Katherine B

Choosing to renovate is a big decision and one with so much to consider. You may have a dream-like Pinterest "Renovation Checklist: Everything you Need to Know Before Taking the Plunge"

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Choosing to renovate is a big decision and one with so much to consider. You may have a dream-like Pinterest board, filled with all the looks you want to achieve. However, like more people you are also probably looking at budget renovating. So with all this in mind, it’s important to use a renovation checklist to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

So let’s get started and go through your renovation checklist.

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Planning and researching your renovations

Narrow it down
If you’re already living in your home, it can be difficult to move back out to complete your renovations. Worse yet, living in your home whilst it’s being renovated can be a nightmare. However, the longer you live in your home, the more you’ll know what’s lacking and how you can renovate so that it suits your needs perfectly.

A recently purchased non-livable home is a little more difficult because you don’t have that time to settle in and properly think about how you want to do things. So, if you can perhaps look at conquering certain areas at a time if your budget doesn’t let you renovate all at once.

Collect ideas
Gather all the ideas you love and order by room via a Pinterest board, on your phone or even a magazine clippings folder. This will help you think about the things you want to do and also develop a theme that will be consistent throughout your home.

In your room-by-room considerations, collate a list of the specific issues, recommendations and options you have considered.

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Finalise renovation budget and priorities
Figuring out your maximum spend is the main thing but also keeping in mind that it will probably cost more than you initially think is also very important. Next, prioritise the areas most important to you, or that need the most renovating and that you use the most (such as the bathrooms and kitchen).

Decide who will complete your renovations
If the renovations are extensive getting recommendations via friends and family will help you find the right tradesperson for you. After meeting up to run them through your plans, they will be able to provide you with a quote and confirm start dates.

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Material quotes
Obtain quotes for your all of your materials to know what the end cost will be. Don’t forget to shop around and also haggle to get a better price. Your tradesman might also be able to help with discounts or industry connections.

The renovation begins!

Read the fine print
Make sure you carefully review the paperwork (i.e. contracts) supplied by your builder and other tradesmen. Iron out any ambiguities before you sign the dotted line.

Before you get too far into the renovation process, don’t forget to also avoid these top renovation mistakes.

Get the home ready
If you’ll be living at home during the renovations, you may need to re-jig your living arrangements during this time. Think about the best way to manage this. If you are having your bathrooms renovated, you may need to hire a portable shower and toilet unless you have some lovely neighbours!

If you’re moving out during the renovation, think about your options – including living with family or friends, or short-term (hopefully) leasing.

Renovation complete

First, Sigh with relief! Second, go through your house and contract thoroughly to make sure that everything has been delivered as initially agreed.

If anything is missing, simply make a list and go through it with the person you contracted. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you keep all your documents, agreements and contracts in a safe place just in case anything happens down the track.

Don’t forget to celebrate your renovations and enjoy your amazing new space.

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Katherine

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