Tools and Tips to Plan Your Home Renovation The Right Way

House , Tips and Troubleshooting   Brett Rowley  | 07 May 2018

Too many things can go wrong during a home renovation, whether it is large or small, if not planned correctly can be disastrous. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to a home renovation and you can throw the notion of DIY network television out the window. That being said, with precise planning, and a few simple tools and tips of the trade, we can ensure your home renovation goes as smoothly as possible.

  1. Design and planningThis is where you get your creative juices flowing; putting pen to paper, sketch out a design of your renovation adhering to the 1cm = 1m scale as it makes it easier later on. Come up with a clear budget indicating what you can afford for each section of the renovation and make sure you stick to it! Deviating from the budget can cause delays, unexpected expenses and at worst unfinished projects. Another great asset to consider is getting a project management applications. Paid or free, these apps can assist with establishing budgets, setting timelines and keeping track of tasks. Various applications can even allow you to view what your walls may look like with different coloured paints before purchasing.
  2. Allocate and permitsAllocate which jobs you are going to DIY. Eventually you are going to need professional help, decide whether you are going to seek a builder for everything or hire several tradesmen for each job. As most of your budget will be eaten up here (approx. 33%), it is important to get the best prices possible. For each builder or tradesmen, gather at least 3 quotes and don’t be afraid to pit them against each other as most are willing to negotiate depending on the work available. Make sure to get quotes in writing and detail of exactly what they are going to do and provide. Try to avoid doing any of this process during January as most places are shutdown. Permits are the final step in moving forwards with the renovation, what good is all this planning if you are not able to begin? Consult your local council first to see if your renovations require a permit or if you are within the guidelines. As each state may vary on its licensing requirements, you can do background checks with the Department of Fair Trading or Consumer Affairs on any hired tradesman or builder. This will ensure that you hired someone with a trouble-free record to prevent any discrepancies in the future. It is always a good idea to plan ahead when applying for permits and licenses as the process can be quite lengthy. The process can take up to 10 to 25 business days to be approved and issued depending on circumstances. Click here for more information on what permits and licenses you require for your renovation.
  3. Assess and process

    the current structural integrity of your home, the last thing you want is redoing sections of your renovations because previous structures were damaged – avoid hidden costs. You should assess the following:
  • Roof – we do not want your roof collapsing on you (you can either hire an expert or DIY in the allocation process)
  • Foundation – ensure that all walls, joists and carrying beams are structurally sound. Make sure to replace any that are damaged.
  • Sidings – check for any water damage or infiltration and replace if needed.
  • Windows – replace only if damaged. The most important part of your renovation is getting the foundations done correctly as this will majorly impact how the rest of your renovations proceed.Once you have determined your house to be structurally sound and have done all the necessary requirements in replacing any damaged foundations during the assessment phase it is now time to begin the Process.
  • Demolition – the fun part for all you demolition fans out there. Rent a large container for all the waste and begin to carefully demolish each section of the house being renovated.
  • Structural carpentry – this involves any construction or movement of walls, adding or removing doors and windows.
  • HVAC, electrical and plumbing – installation of any ductwork for central heating and air conditioning. As well as all plumbing and electrical inspections.
  • Insulation and dry walls – go hand in hand, insulation is installed and the dry walls go up immediately after. Ensure each company is ready to go.
  • Windows and fine carpentry – install and replace any old windows from the assessment phase. Polish off all fine carpentries including your baseboards, molding, window/door trims and built-in features.
  • Interior designs including paint, wallpaper and finishes – this is where you apply all the final touches to your interior.
  • Flooring – last but not least installing the final piece of the project. Doing this last will prevent any paint and damage that can be caused to your flooring during other steps.
  1. Budget

    The underlying controlling factor of your home renovation is your budget. The key to a successful renovation is planning your budget to the dollar and trying to save on costs in every aspect possible. Plan accordingly and always consult the experts when devising up your budget. You may think you are cutting costs or shortcutting effectively but ultimately may be shooting yourself in the foot. Choosing standardised fittings and easily accessible building materials will help reduce any hidden costs or blow-outs down the track.

Planning on renovating some parts of your house? You might be interested in reading our blogs on house renovations that actually add value to your property

Brett Rowley

Brett is a garage door expert who also runs Gryphon Garage Doors. He strives for great customer service, excellent product knowledge and constant innovation.