Renovation myths under the hammer

Written by view.com.au in Renovating on September 13, 2016

Renovation myths under the hammer

With reality TV shows like The Block, House Rules and Reno Rumble on constant rotation, the idea of home renovations is becoming a household conversation topic. From fresh paint and new floorboards to complete overhauls, a renovation project can add astronomical value to your property, both in monetary form and in terms of your own personal enjoyment.

Has something on TV inspired you and now you want to give your house a fresh new look? Renovations can be big or small, and we know all projects are different. But there are certain pros and cons to any small or large scale project, and some of the stories you hear can be downright terrifying. We’ve unpacked six of the biggest renovation myths out there to help you take the leap.

Myth 1: You’ll have to move out while the renovation happens

False! While some major structural renovations make living in the home impractical, it is not always the case. A smaller scale project like a new kitchen or second bathroom is possible to have underway under your feet. Your builder will construct a plan that takes into consideration the key traffic areas of the house and can make arrangements so that you don’t have to up and move. You will have prior warning for when the walls come down and will know which areas will be out of bounds at which times, so that you can carry on living – almost – as normal while the renovation is taking place.

Myth 2: It will cost more than you’re quoted

False! If you make a cohesive plan at the inception of the project, and everything follows that, the project will remain on budget. The times where a project may blow out of the predetermined budget is where unforeseen events take place along the way, like flooding from burst pipes; or if the plan deviates, for instance if the owners change their mind about the size of a room or want to add in extra windows. Accidents and changes to plans tend to increase the time of the project, which can naturally increase the price of the quotation.

Myth 3: It will always take longer than expected

False! As with budgets, time is dependent on a number of factors. But if all goes to plan, and there are no mishaps or changes of mind, there is no reason why a renovation project will not run on schedule. It all comes down to thorough and realistic timelines right from the beginning, which your builder or project manager can help you with.

Myth 4: I can save money by doing it myself

True… but this method is not advisable unless you are a professional. DIY projects can often end up costing the owner more – especially if they make a mistake and have to call in the pros to fix it. What’s more, it is incredibly dangerous to try to demolish walls, or wire electricity or change plumbing if you don’t have training in these areas. Don’t risk your health (and even life!) or the integrity of your home with a half-baked attempt just to save a few dollars. Invest in the pros and enjoy the high standard of work. Trust us, it’s worth it in the long run.

Myth 5: It won’t match the existing house

False… unless you make it that way intentionally! A professional can help you to make your renovation or extension flow seamlessly with the existing design and architecture of the home. Only a trained eye could spot the difference!But remember an extension doesn’t have to match. It is becoming more and more popular to build extensions that are deliberately different to the original structure as a point of individuality – a design feature. This is particular popular in period style homes, where extensions are larger, brighter and open plan – not design attributes that were common in the eras in which they were originally built. You can have the best of both worlds this way!

Myth 6: It’s cheaper to move

False! After you factor in stamp duty, real estate fees and not to mention moving expenses, simply finding another place that is more suitable is not necessarily going to be a more cost-effective solution. Beyond monetary value, consider your existing ties to the area, the friends you or your children have made, and the lifestyle you currently enjoy. You may not be so lucky to find that again in the next move. A renovation, though costly, can give your home an overhaul and make it feel fresh and new.