Myths & Facts of Renovating
Updated: Nov 16, 2019
I regularly chat with a clients and industry professional about renovating homes, the cost of renovations and the best way to do it. There seems to be a number of common myths that regularly come up in these conversations. I just want to bust some of these myths to help you focus on your renovation being a success.
Myth: My bathroom is only small, it won’t cost much to renovate.
Fact: Small and large bathrooms usually have the same number of toilets, showers, vanities and baths and all require the same number of trades so actually are similar in costs per square metre.
Myth: Cheap products will save me a lot on the overall cost of the bathroom renovation.
Fact: Roughly 75% of bathroom renovation costs are in the trades. These trades include electricians, plumbers, water proofers, tilers, plasterers, carpenters and labourers. Buying cheap products has minimal impact on the overall cost, however can cost you when these cheaper and often inferior products have to be replaced.
Myth: I don’t need a designer, I can save money by doing the design myself
Fact: Interior designers have a trained eye and can actually save you money by avoiding costly mistakes, keeping you on track for your budget and can offer excellent trade discounts and special rates not available to the general public. They can also increase the value of your home through cleaver design.
Myth: Minimalist look is a cheap look to achieve.
Fact: To achieve a minimalist look the build needs to be precise as it has immense detail and meticulous attention to detail is required. This requires additional time by trades to ensure that finish is precise and additional costs for handleless cabinetry.
Myth: I can do it cheaper if I manage the work myself.
Fact: Hiring a trained professional ensures that your renovation complies with all relevant building code, saving you time running around to all the different governing bodies as well as costs if you make a mistake and any issues that may arise can be sorted out quickly.
Have you heard of any other myths, or still not convinced about the facts? Have these facts got you thinking more about your renovation or you’re not sure where to start? Head over to our website and get in contact with us to discuss how I can help you with your project.