With careful planning and support, renovations do not need to be stressful. In fact, they can be an enjoyable adventure! The following steps will get you off to a smooth start and help you to add value to your home.

1. Knowing where to begin Back to top

The first step is often the hardest, but doing your research and knowing what to expect is key to getting the renovation you want! Here, we guide you through the key initial considerations.

Read: Planning your renovation

2. Hiring a design and build company Back to top

By working with an experienced team who will take care of the design, council consents and build, you will significantly reduce any risk factors surrounding costs, timelines and disputes.  

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Read: Deciding who should renovate your home

3. How to add value to your property Back to top

Careful planning and research will allow you to get your money’s worth. From requesting an official property valuation through to thinking like a home-buyer, we take you through what you need to know.

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Read: Adding value - what to consider? 

Read: How to add value to your home

4. How to stay within your budget Back to top

If you’ve been told it’s near-impossible to stay within your budget, you’ve heard wrong. These nine steps will help to keep your project cost-effective, and your budget on-track.

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Read: How to keep to your home renovation budget

5. Have a contingency plan Back to top

The general recommendation throughout the renovation industry is to set aside a 15-20% contingency budget, to allow for unforeseen costs. Many Refresh clients find that our carefully planned-out design and build process saves them money - meaning they are often left with more money to play with. Your Refresh Renovations specialist can work with you to safely bring your contingency budget down to as low as 5%.


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Read: New findings: your biggest renovation fears uncovered