Sunday 14 October 2018

Tips to get your dream renovation finished before Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and so too is the deadline for getting those last-minute home renovations underway before the endless run of summer soirees begin.

However, according to Beaumont Tiles Ambassador and Rapid Renovation Expert, Naomi Findlay, all too often Australian homeowners get overwhelmed with their renovation plans and find it difficult to get started.

According to Naomi, whether it’s finances, time, organisation or simply not knowing where to start, it’s easy for DIYers to find themselves ‘stumped’ before they even start their renovation.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start your much needed reno, then these tips might help…

Get planning
Before you start any renovation, make a plan and stick to it. Planning is also likely to pull you out of your pre-renovation slump and keep you focused.

Experts also recommends identifying what style you’re looking to renovate the project in from the start, to help quicken selection processes, and turnaround times.

If you're unsure what your style is, Beaumont Tiles has a great two-minute quiz called What’s My Style, which helps identify your style from the top ten global interior design trends and at the end provides a mood board full of suggestions, all curated from trusted local retailers.

According to Naomi, having a vision of the full extent of the renovation with goals of how long you want it to take, how you want it to look and how much you are willing to spend before you pick up a sledgehammer will really help quicken the process and help you hit that Christmas deadline.

If you know you only have a certain amount of days until the festive season kicks off, prioritise what you want to get done and then stick to it.

Timing is key
The rooms that have the most extended lead times from the planning phase to the finish are the kitchen and bathroom, says Naomi, so these should be planned first, and your trades should be lined up.

Having everything you need finalised before you start will make the execution phase as short as possible, which, when you’re on a tight time frame, is a must! If trades aren’t available to complete the job within your specific timeframe, consider taking on some smaller DIY projects yourself such as retiling your splashback or revamping your tapware. For those smaller DIY projects, look at seeking advice from your local suppliers.

Speak to the experts
There is an endless amount of support for home renovators in the market, so use it, says Naomi. Anything can be a DIY project with the right support – the sky is the limit. If you’re attempting to tile a kitchen splashback or bathroom feature, speak to the experts in store and get advice from them.

Beaumont Tiles stores are staffed with tiling experts, plus they also have a dedicated DIY section on their website with loads of great tips and tricks. In order to manage your DIY effectively, use renovation apps like the ‘Rapid Reno Mate’, which will keep your project on time, on budget and stress free – exactly what you need when you’re trying to complete a renovation on the clock.

Look at financing options
A great way of ticking all your DIY projects off your wish list in the lead up to Christmas is by leveraging the finance options offered by retailers. While it’s great to have the money upfront for your renovation, it’s not always realistic, so take the time to do some research and find the best finance solution for you.

Naomi recommends looking at your local suppliers and ask if they have any financing options available. Sometimes all you need is 6 or 12-months grace to get you by.

Save time by seeking referrals
Word-of-mouth is a big thing when it comes to renovations, so speak to your friends and family and get recommendations for trades from them.

Finding suitable tradespeople can often be a challenge for even the most experienced of renovators. Speak with friends, work colleagues, and your trusted retailers to find out who they have used in the past. Referrals are everything in the renovation game.

The lead time for DIY renovations can range from 8 to 12 weeks, so it’s time to get moving on your project. However, whether you’re revamping the kitchen or getting the patio or poolside pergola ready for the family Christmas, there’s still enough time to get your renovations completed before the busy festive rush. It’s all about using the right tools and with the right support, creating your dream space will be as easy as one, two, three.

Till next time... are you ready to get into the renovation swing? 


About the company
Beaumont Tiles is Australia’s biggest retailer of tiles and bathroom ware with 114 outlets across most states. An innovative market leader, Beaumont Tiles buyers travel the globe to bring back the best in tile designs. Beaumont Tiles has company owned and franchised stores servicing trade, home builders and renovators, and the commercial sector.

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