Unfortunately, there are countless TV shows these days showing renovations being completed in ‘days’ or ’weeks’ rather than months! So much happens behind the scene for this to happen, (including large sponsorship deals) pre-planning and ordering ahead of time. These shows use lots of smoke and mirrors and a little creative license with their editing to make people believe renovations can be completed in such short time-frames.

Now the interesting thing I often see is when people are thinking about renovating, they have often thought about it for YEARS before finally deciding it is ‘time’. Then all of a sudden you want it done, and you want it done NOW – just like on TV… Believe me, I get it! Once I have made my mind up on something, after all the agonising to make the decision, I want it now.

Interior by Conway + Wise

If you try to rush a renovation, there are a whole heap of problems that you may encounter. These issues will either alter the final outcome or delay the project.

For example – the tiles that you have fallen in love with might not be kept in stock and will need to be ordered from overseas. So tell me… Would you, decide to re-select an ‘in-stock’ tile that you don’t love nearly as much, just to finish the project sooner? If it was me, I know I would constantly look at that tile as the second-best option and wish I had waited for my dream tile instead. What’s an additional month or two, when I have been thinking about renovating for years?

Also, keep in mind the best companies and trades are often booked out for months in advance. So, plan ahead, find the trades you would like to work with and, if they have a long lead-time, be patient. Working with a reliable trade, and one that you feel comfortable with, makes the whole process so much less stressful and more enjoyable.

Interior by Birdblack Design | Photography by The Palm Co
Interior by Inspired Spaces | Photography by Kirsten Flavell Photography

A couple of key things to keep in mind…

Don’t cut corners

– Asking a trade to complete a job quicker than they normally would, is only going to encourage them to cut corners in order to meet your demands. This, in turn, could result in a less than perfect end result.

Do it right

– Kitchens and bathrooms are large investments of both money and time. They are areas of the home that most people only update once every 10 – 15 years. So make sure you get it right, and get what you love. Don’t substitute your preferred selections for a quicker or cheaper alternative as you will always look back with regret.

Be realistic

– Don’t just pluck a date from the air, or base your timeline on an upcoming event or holiday. Instead, let the experts’ guide you on how long a renovation will take – they are the ones that are working on-site day in, day out. They will be able to give you a very good estimate of how long the renovation should take.

Add a buffer

Factor in extra time. Sometimes during a renovation, the unexpected happens. Even the most experienced builder cannot predict what might be behind a wall or under a floor. Unfortunately, there can be issues that will cause delays – sometimes small and sometimes large. There is no point getting frustrated with your trades, for things that are out of their control. Besides, it is in your best interest to keep them on-side for the duration of your project. Delays can and will happen, so be sure to factor this into your planning.

Make a plan (and stick to it)

– And lastly, be sure to have a plan. It may sound obvious, but the more organised you are, the less chance there will be costly mistakes or delays.

And of course, if this all sounds like a bit too much for you, hire a pro: they deal with this every day and can take all the pressure and stress of planning off your hands.

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