Turn on the television and it’s highly likely that a reality TV show will appear. The most common types are popular cooking and dating series’ but in the last few years there has been an increase in television shows that combine renovation and reality.
A sector that started off with small renovation segments on TV shows like Burke’s Backyard and Better Homes and Gardens has now developed to include a roster of fully-fledged ratings-winners like The Renovators, The Block and even The Block All Stars.
It can all look very seductive; who wouldn’t want a glorious new home. But before undertaking a real renovation inspired by popular television series, it’s worth taking the time to plan each step in detail. A carefully planned renovation can be personally and financially rewarding but a badly planned renovation can be personally and financially degrading!
Before you start…
After watching a stunning TV renovation, it can be tempting to rush to the nearest hardware store to purchase an impressive and expensive array of materials and tools. But try to remember that this is not The Block (It’s not!) and even top-of-the-range tools can’t miraculously provide a buyer with the skills to renovate a home to the same standard as the TV experts!
There are a couple of key points to remember, to keep a renovation kinder on the bank balance:
Firstly, unless renovating is going to become a regular pastime, asking friends to borrow tools can be a great way to save money. Remember, one of the main appeals of DIY renovations is affordability!
Secondly, some of the best renovations come from the use of recycled goods, where a coat of fresh paint can mean the difference between trash and treasure.
Gather inspiration online!
Those blessed with creative minds may be able to create a million dollar renovation from scratch after a bit of practice. But most people will have little or no experience or natural ability, which can make planning and renovating a frustrating and ugly experience.
Gathering inspiration online can be a great way to get creative ideas flowing. Google ‘DIY Renovator’ and every renovation imaginable will usually be covered – from kitchens, bathrooms, to backyards, verandas and patios. With such a rich selection of information available at the click of a mouse, wannabe DIY renovators should have no problem finding something inspirational.
Keep your eye on the goal with a schedule
It may seem obvious, but staying focused on the end goal is important. It can be easy for DIY renovators to run off track – leading to renovation delays and half-done projects. It’s important to look towards the end goal and creating a schedule will help.
Dedicate a few weekends solely to the renovation and don’t let distractions get in the way. This way, the end goal will always be in reach and renovators won’t be left with a lopsided veranda or a dysfunctional kitchen.
DIY renovations can be financially and personally rewarding, and carefully planning each stage and doing enough research will make the experience all the more enjoyable. Following these hints and tips might eliminate the stress and pressures of renovating – and help a successful outcome to be reached.