The biggest challenge, is just getting started! - March 2024

Embarking on a renovation journey but don't know where to start? Don't worry, Sharon Giblett from Refresh Renovations in Tauranga has some useful tips.

This is an article written by Sharon Giblett on the 22nd of March 2024 for Issue 1202 of The Weekend Sun.

You’ve decided you want to update your bathroom, or kitchen, or perhaps you’re doing a full home makeover.

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Often one of the biggest hurdles people face with a renovation of any kind, is just getting started. They either don’t know what they want, don’t know how much they need to spend to get what they want, or they’re crippled with indecision for fear of getting it wrong.

Firstly, get clarity on your budget. There’s no point designing a $50,000 kitchen renovation if your budget is more around $20,000. Get clear on how much you want to invest in your project, be realistic as renovations usually cost more than you think, and then explore what’s possible.  

Secondly, look for designers who specialise in renovations, have extensive experience they can call upon to provide you with ideas and insights, are up to date with latest trends and fads, whilst being practical too. Then they can interpret what you want and design your spaces, ideally offering a 3D walkthrough, allowing you to visualise your space before you finalise the details and begin building.  

Thirdly, while it’s tempting to DIY to minimise costs, watch for budget blowouts caused by lack of initial planning, the cost of your unpaid time, plus scheduling issues.  

Tip: A good Project Manager is worth gold. They will efficiently manage all the designs, quoting, scheduling, invoicing, budgeting controls, health and safety and more.

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