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And make sure you don’t exceed your budget

One of the exciting aspects of owning your own property is getting to renovate and update it to your taste. But before forging ahead with the project, first-time renovators are advised to do their homework.

“Take on one thing at time, giving it your undivided attention and utmost care along the way. This will most certainly work to your benefit and could also act as a good learning curve for future renovation plans,” says Mike Greeff, chief executive of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate.

To make your first renovation a resounding success, he offers the following tips:

Consult a professional: They should be able to offer you considerable advice on how, when and where to begin. They should also be able to give you an idea on whether your budget will be able to cover all of the expenses you are possibly going to incur.

Take on smaller projects first or take on one big task at a time: Make a point of only taking on one big area at a time or a selection of smaller projects. Doing so will ensure you are not spread too thin and still have enough time and money for other commitments.

Look at working on one or two outdoor areas together which will take up less of your time. Bigger tasks, such as the kitchen or bathroom, should be focused on individually.

Look at flooring renovations to bring about a big change: During renovations, one does not always consider flooring, yet doing so makes a considerable difference.

Think engineered oak wood floors, travertine tiles, laminated flooring or porcelain tiles as they all represent great options and will go far to ensuring your property is left looking brand new.

First-time renovators should limit themselves to tackling only one big task at a time. Picture: Milivoj Kuhar

Stay within your budget: Renovating can be a very exciting time and because of this, it is easy to get carried away with expenses, taking your costs over your initial budget. It is important to remember that you have budgeted a set amount and really should not exceed it.

Be detailed in your planning and research the costs of products before deciding to purchase; this will save you in the long run.

Maximise the space you already have: Renovating your property need not be an extreme task. The key to renovating lies in making the most of the resources, space and layout you already have. If your space is small, look at acquiring furniture that can double up as a storage item; think ottomans and chests that could work to your advantage.

“Renovation can be made easy, without the hassle and fuss, and your home can be left looking amazing simply by following these steps,” Greeff says.


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