Plan ahead for your home renovations

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ROOM TO IMPROVE: When taking on a small or a large renovation it is important to plan ahead, set a budget and always seek expert advice.

ROOM TO IMPROVE: When taking on a small or a large renovation it is important to plan ahead, set a budget and always seek expert advice.

Whether your family is growing and you need more space or you just want to update and improve the kitchen or bathroom, when done right a home renovation can certainly add value to your home.

Before you start on a renovation project it is important to set some goals and be clear on exactly what you want to achieve.

Think about whether you really need a major renovation or if you could get away with some cost-effective cosmetic changes.

Cosmetic renovations such as painting, landscaping, updating cabinetry or replacing the flooring are perfect for those who wish to spruce up their home before they sell and if you are able to do the renovations yourself it won’t cost the earth.

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If you are planning to stay in the home but you are busting at the seams - perhaps your teenagers need more space, your mother is moving in or you have a new baby on the way - then bigger renovations are on the cards.

You could possibly build an additional room, go up a level or fit out the rumpus. Set a budget early on and always put some money aside for unexpected costs.

Choose a licensed and reputable builder and if required architect or draftsperson. Seek recommendations and always ask to see previous work or talk to previous clients.

Renovating your home can be a time-consuming but rewarding process, so make sure you prepare and plan as much as possible so you get great results in the end.

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