What makes a successful renovation

There’s more to successful renovations than  pretty ‘before and after’ photos for your Facebook page. Planning, budgeting, and being flexible are key elements, as well as the ones below.



  • You have goals

There are clear reasons why you’re renovating. The house or office is old and is due for an update, you want to extend your square meters, or you want add value to the property before you sell.

Other goals to include are financial (budgeting/resale value), aesthetic, and timeline. For example, your project has a $50,000 budget and you want it to look like a house straight out of the Hamptons in six months. Or you want a Tadao Ando-style concrete structure with all the trimmings done in nine months with a budget of $100,000.



  • You’ve done your homework

For commercial renovations, the company may assign a team to research the particulars of the building and what roadblocks a builder might come up against. This includes:

  • The year the property was built
  • The condition of the infrastructure
  • A list of the most recent visits from plumbers, electricians and pest control
  • Site evaluations

This helps the builder and their contractors immensely. Those unexpected roadblocks will turn into minor speedbumps. The head builder can organise the right quantity of materials to be delivered like concrete, steel, and timber.  



  • You have a breakdown of costs and a budget

It’s common to spend more money in one area than another. In a home renovation, these finances are usually directed towards the kitchen and bathroom areas because they are the selling points.

This is where the first point comes back into play. You have clear financial goals on this project. You’ll also have some extra cash on hand in case the renovation goes over budget.



  • Clear communication on all fronts

Good communication, transparency, and honesty are key to a successful renovation. Especially when it comes to money and schedule. It’s important to have these conversations, however uncomfortable, and lay your expectations on the table. The head builder will do their best to be on time and on budget. As a client, it’s important for you to have some flexibility and have a clear vision on what you want the end result to look like.


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