The Block NZ has captivated the country and inspired many to start some home improvements of their own.
However, as the reality television program has highlighted, renovating can be hard work.
To help you prepare, we’ve put together some tips to help you stay on track.
Make a plan
First, create a detailed plan of what you want to achieve.
If you’re planning to sell, think about what will add the most value to your home. If you’re planning to stay, consider what’s important to have in your ‘forever home’.
You may also need to speak to your local council to see whether there are any restrictions and if building permits are required.
Know your budget
Budgeting is an important part of any renovation, and it’s important to know how much you can spend. So, take the time to work out your expenses.
Reaching out to local tradespeople to collect quotes will help you to budget for the cost of labour as well as materials.
You could even consider keeping a contingency fund – just in case!
Beware of a bargain
As our favourite Blockheads have shown us, it’s always best to choose quality.
While it can be tempting to cut corners to save on time and cost, poor quality renovations can often end up costing more in the long run.
Remember, quality doesn’t necessarily mean expense. You won’t have the same time pressures as the TV show, so do your research and take time to find the right products and tradespeople, for the right price.
If you are having trouble obtaining insurance, you may be able to apply directly to EQC for cover.
Contact your local Mike Pero Adviser for further advice and for support in financing your next home renovation.