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How to avoid renovating disasters: Our Style Insiders weigh in

Sadly, renovating disasters like the one that befell Hannah and Clint with their bathroom this week are all too common. We check in with some of our most experienced Style Insiders to find out how to safeguard disasters happening to you.

Hannah & Clint's main bathroom is a costly disaster that could've been avoided following the advice of our Style Insiders

Dan Reilly (“Foredan”) 

Do your research

“It’s important not to underestimate how hard it is to build. It’s not for everyone. If you are an owner/builder, or trying to renovate yourself, tradies will take advantage of that. They will trick you into things, to make things easier for them. Do your research. Employ, if not a builder, then a project manager, who knows what’s going on.”

Dan recommends employing a project manager to avoid problems on site. Keith perhaps?
Bec says when you manage the budget carefully it's smiles all 'round

Bec Douros (Season 7 - The Block Sky High)
 

Plan ahead

“Honestly, it comes down to planning and time management. In any couple on The Block, or any business relationship, there needs to be someone on top of the organising, and your budget. In our business - that’s me. To the extent, that George rings me to ask me if he can buy lunch - I’m THAT tight with our money! But you have to be that careful. George and I get paid when we flip the job. So we might make two or three hundred thousand dollars profit  - but that is both our wages, potentially, for a whole year. We have to make it stretch.”

George rings me to ask me if he can buy lunch - I’m THAT tight with our money!

Lara Cranfield (Season 5 - The Block 2012)

Know that things WILL go wrong

“I think it’s all about preparing for the worst. In renovating, there’s always going to be dramas - it doesn’t matter how good you are. There are always going to be things you don’t know about - you’ve just got to be prepared. And you have to have a contingency plan for this, when it comes to your budget.”

Experienced renovators Georgia & Ronnie spend time planning to try to avoid costly mistakes.

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