The Art of Renovation | Navigating Trades

Are you considering renovating your existing home instead of buying a new one? You’re not alone! According to a recent survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of households renovating their homes over buying a new property has been increasing over the past few years. But with the renovation process comes a multitude of challenges, particularly when it comes to working with tradespeople.

Finding the Right Tradesperson

Finding a reliable and skilled tradesperson can be a daunting task. It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack, except the stakes are much higher. You need someone who can deliver high-quality work, on time, and within budget. But how do you ensure you find the right person for the job?

Here are some key points to keep in mind when navigating the renovation process:

1. Finding a tradesperson who can do it in a timely manner: You don’t want to wait weeks for a simple task to be completed.

2. Do your research upfront: It’s essential to research potential tradespeople prior to hiring them.

3. Write a schedule of work: A clear schedule of what needs to be done and who’s responsible for each task is crucial.

4. Ensure you acquire a detailed quotation.

The Dos and Don’ts of Renovation: A Checklist for Success

To avoid common pitfalls and ensure a successful renovation, follow these essential tips.

Do Your Research:

– Check online reviews on platforms like Google, Facebook, and trade sites like hipages to gain an indication of the tradesperson’s reputation and quality of work.

– Ask for referrals from friends, family, or colleagues who have undergone similar renovations/works in their homes and have been satisfied with the tradespeople they have hired.

– Check the tradesperson’s website, social media, or online portfolio to see examples of their previous work.

– Contact the tradesperson’s past clients to ask about their experience and whether they would recommend them.

– Always ensure the tradesperson and company is licensed, insured, and have the relevant industry certifications required.

Ask for a Written Quote:

Request a detailed written quote that includes the scope of work, materials, labour costs and timelines.

Ensure the quote includes all the details you need to know, such as:

  • What work is included
  • When the job is to be completed by
  • What materials are to be used and included
  • How much it will cost
  • What (if any) guarantees or warranties are included
  • Review the quote carefully and ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

    Request before, progress and after photos:
    • Before photos of the work area
    • Progress photos throughout the project
    • After photos of the completed work
    • Let them know the types of photos you want to see (e.g. specific areas or features).
  • Ask for a regular update schedule (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly) for progress photos, this way you can stay on top of the works being completed and ensure things are running smoothly.

Don’t Pay Upfront:

Never pay the full amount upfront. Instead, negotiate a progress payment schedule that includes:

  • A 10% deposit to secure the project and timeline
  • Regular progress payments (e.g. 25% at each milestone)
  • A final payment upon completion of the project
  • Ensure the payment terms are agreed to and that you receive a this in writing by way of a signed agreement from the tradesperson.

The Rewards of Renovation: A Beautiful Home

With the right approach and mindset, renovation can be a rewarding experience that leaves you with a beautiful, functional home that you’ll love for years to come. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to navigating the trades and renovation process with confidence.