Its My Home : 2017
39 38 IT’S MY HOME IT’S MY HOME is a full-time professional renovator, highly sought- after public speaker, and a regular TV renovator on Channel 10’s The Living Room. She is the owner of Renovating for Profit, a company that teaches everyday Australians the nuts and bolts of renovating as a profession. For information about Cherie’s next 3-day training workshop, visit renovatingforprofit.com.au good for smaller jobs that the bigger companies may not be interested in doing. It’s also a good gauge of price, as several trades will bid for the task. 4Gain an understanding of the correct ‘order of works’ for whatever project you’re doing. For example, for a bathroom renovation, do you need the sparkie and plumber out during demolition phase? At what stage does the waterproofing and tiling happen? Research what’s required or you could waste time and money on delays and needless tradie visits. 5Ifyou’re renovating as a partnership, work out your strengths and weakness – and roles – before you start. And then stick to them. Trust me, it could save a marriage or valued friendship. moving the plumbing all around, especially if the pipes are difficult to access and re-route. The more you start tearing into things in older properties, the higher the likelihood of uncovering hidden problems that will need ‘behind the scenes’ remedial action – and there’s a cost you rarely see back in the resale. If the current bathroom layout works, then stick with it, and simply update the prime cost items, like the vanity, toilet and shower and/or bath. You may get away with just a coat of tile paint for the existing wall tiles, if they’re in good shape, but simply dated. Shop wisely, choose your trades well, and you could easily come away with a completely brand-new looking bathroom for under $3000. 1The mantra, ‘measure twice and cut once’, particularly applies to renovators, whether it’s replacement glass for a door, a new benchtop or cupboard fronts you’re ordering for your kitchen or bathroom. ALWAYS measure twice and preferably get someone else to check your measurements. 2Be sure to get minimum three quotes for any significant job. It’s the only way to get a realistic handle on what the job will cost. 3Sites like airtasker.com and serviceseeking. com.au, that match trades with projects that need doing, are particularly TOP FIVE TIPS FOR RENO NOVICES Cherie Barber before before ➤ We updated this drab, dated 1970’s bathroom that had seen better days for just $2563. Whilst the bathroom was functional, it lacked any ounce of personality. There were no structural changes – everything was cosmetic. We removed dated fixtures and fittings, installed a new standard size bath and painted existing wall tiles, walls and ceilings. To add a bit of flair, we installed new tiles on one side of the bathroom as a feature and new floor tiles. Pictures:RenovatingForProfit.