Australia isn’t called “Renovation Nation” for nothing. According to the latest estimate from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, home-loving Australians have spent almost $15 billion during the first 3 months of the year alone for residential work, including building and renovation.
Experts say those billions of Australian dollars are serving a worthwhile purpose. A good home renovation can offer multiple benefits: increased market value, improved curb appeal, better looking interiors, household efficiency and productivity, building safety and security. All these benefits translate to peace of mind which—everyone will agree—is priceless.
But you don’t have to be a high-rolling homeowner to enjoy the ROI of a well-planned, well-executed home improvement project. You can stay within your budget and see a vast improvement on how your home looks and functions, through home renovation ideas that allow you to manage costs better. Here are a few tips that you might want to consider for your next property upgrade:
Don’t DIY. Do-it-yourself upgrades may seem like the most frugal option, but in reality and viewed with a long-term perspective, they can actually be more expensive than paying professionals to do the job. Without the proper tools and training, you can get into mistakes that double or triple the cost and time to renovate. Errors such as accidentally hitting a plumbing pipe or constructing cabinets that will never fit the kitchen can be easy to make but costly to correct.
Deal with a straight-talking contractor. When choosing home renovation experts to hire, choose one who won’t sugar-coat things and who can tell you directly which of your ideas will work and which won’t. Hire someone who can talk to you about budget requirements and help you figure out the best option for your range. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. A good contractor will move the extra mile to educate you as a client, so you achieve the best results for each project.
Look beyond cosmetic changes. Have your house plan ready before the work takes place, because a good renovation team will ask for your blueprints first and make an on-site assessment before making any changes. They will take time to examine the foundation and other things related to the construction of the building, and create various simulations using CAD software, because they want to make sure that every change they make won’t disrupt the overall integrity of the structure and its components.
Keep in mind that no home renovation is minor; every single change you make to your house will have a significant impact on its look and performance. Hire a renovation group with the experience, skills and systems to make sure your next renovation will upgrade not just your home, but also the quality of life of your household.