Tips to set you on the path to a successful renovation


“No matter the size of the project, make sure you always check all your tradesmen’s licenses and qualifications – doing a job twice because of faulty workmanship is heartbreaking and expensive, so do your homework before you lock anyone in

“If you’re renovating to sell, aim to appeal to more people. Whites, greys and neutrals allow potential buyers to visualise how their furniture will look, while a colourful front door creates a colour memory and gives buyers an easy reference for your home.

“Power points should be located where you intend to plug in appliances and use everyday utensils. Power hidden inside drawers where you keep things like electric razors or hairdryers is a good idea, or at least have power adjacent to where you use them, making sure you never have to cross a water source, such as a basin tap.

Invest the most money into your kitchen, because it’s the heart of the home. It’s a room that many renovators underestimate because it costs the most. It has to be practical, functional and obviously aesthetics.

You can achieve a huge amount of change with a flooring upgrade. A vinyl floor can be installed as a DIY project if you’re dealing with worn but level flooring. And New tiles, a floating engineered floor or a timber floor replacement can present your home in an entirely new way.

Guarantee a return on your investment by setting strict budgets. For example, you should spend no more than $30,000 on the kitchen, $10,000 to $15,000 on your bathrooms if your house worth about $800,000 to $1,000,000.