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Renovating and best laid plans



We all know that when planning for a renovation it is important to take the time to look at the project as a whole rather than its individual parts, in order to work out the most effective way to complete the job.

Taking into consideration the best order to do things really helps make the most of time and also prevents you from going down one path when you maybe should have finished something else before commencing the next bit. Obviously if you are using tradesmen, this is part of their job to help direct you and make sure things are done in the right order, but if you are attempting to DIY, then a bit more careful planning and common sense needs to come into the picture.

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Prevent punch ups – have your renovation plans agreed upon before you begin.

Before you start anything though, it’s best to also have all your renovation plans agreed upon by all parties. Many people often joke that the fastest way to divorce court is via a home renovation. Having a clear plan that everyone agrees on is crucial before commencing any work – from the colour of the paint through to which particular tile, plans can save a lot of arguments and drama down the line.

Even small little spaces can be transformed into usable areas via a renovation.

Even small little spaces can be transformed into usable areas via a renovation.

Your next step is clearing out everything from the area(s) you are planning on renovating. Moving things into self storage for the time you are renovating is a good idea. It means that you still have space in your house as usual and are not forced to live on top of one another because you are cramming a whole house worth of stuff into a much more confined space.

Male sure you have all the tools of the trade. Or are hiring someone that does!

Male sure you have all the tools of the trade. Or are hiring someone that does!

Once the area is clear, organising all the bits and pieces for the job is next. The internet is always a great place to start and say, for example, you are renovating your bathroom, clearance centres are a good place to stick your head into, you might find that expensive tapware for a fraction of the cost.

All in all, renovations are usually a time consuming process and be prepared, despite all best laid plans, for things to go awry at least somewhere along the line. But stick with it and you’ll find that by the end of the project, it will be worth all the blood sweat and tears.