Here are eight tips to help you attack a budget apartment renovation:
1. Befriend honest and reliable tradespeople
We asked around for recommendations, and called on tradie friends. But, if this leads to a dead end, visit online trade directory sites such as Hipages. Once you’ve picked a trades person, present them with a detailed plan. If you can, get three quotes.
Will remodeling add value to your condo? Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.
2. Organize your tradespeople correctly
Each tradie needs to be able to step onto a job site, complete what they need to do, then leave, ready for the next tradie. To maximize efficiency and money, your tradespeople need to be organized in the correct order. We also saved money on hiring a builder by project managing the job ourselves and employing individual tradespeople to complete different tasks.
We saved thousands of dollars by tackling some jobs ourselves. Painting is something even a novice renovator can have a go at. Start by giving your walls a good clean with Sugarsoap, tape your edges and skirting boards, lay down a drop sheet, then let your creativity flow.
4. Shop smarter for fittings and fixtures
We asked our tradespeople where they shopped, visited bathroom and kitchen warehouses, and inquired about floor stock and factory seconds. Have a look online as well – you can pick up well-known brands for a fraction of the cost.
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