Article by Mozo
We’ve witnessed the dummy spits, tantrums and blowups on reality renovation TV shows but there are also some great pieces of advice when it comes to home makeovers that we can take away from these shows. Through the contestant’s tears and heartache to renovate an ideal children’s bedroom or a chic bathroom we’ve pulled out 5 key renovation messages. So when you’re about to get stuck into your own renovations, minimize stress and drama by following these reality TV red hot tips.
On these reality renovation shows such as The Block and House Rules it’s usually the production company setting the budget, with contestants then given a set figure to work with to transform the property. Nine times out of ten, the contestants always spend over their budget! Lucky for them though, they have challenges along the way where they are given the opportunity to win more money and vouchers towards their renovations. Clearly this is not the case for you when you overspend on those bathroom tiles, leaving you with just a few hundred dollars to spend on the remaining fittings for the bathroom!
The lesson learned here is to build a 10% contingency into your budget to cover unexpected costs or in other cases overspending. As boring as it may seem, always stick to your budget, the last thing you want is to spiral into huge amounts of debt and be forced to sell your home. Chat to friends and family who have recently undertaken renovations to gauge a realistic idea of how much things are going to cost. This will help set a realistic budget! Renovation coats include; labour, supplies, tools and equipment, design costs and furnishings.
In season one of The Block, the contestants were only given 14 weeks to complete their home renovations! That’s not a considerable amount of time for a full home renovation but that’s TV for you and they made it happen. Deadlines and timings is everything when it comes to home renovations, not only so an episode of House Rules can get to air but so all jobs can be completed that have a flow on effect. For example, you need to know how long the bathroom waterproofing will take to be done so you know when to book the tiler in. Or if you’re planning on giving the inside of your house a fresh lacquer of paint before putting it on the market given it plenty of days to dry before the first open house.
Regardless of how big or small your project is have a rough idea of how long tasks take and you can work this into your project plan. Too many times we’ve seen contestants break down in tears and fail to make task deadlines as they’ve underestimated how long some jobs will take. Or they’ve just spent way too long at the shops deciding on what pillows to get for the sofa!
Remember, unexpected delays can happen such as; poor weather, sick tradies, hold up in materials arriving etc. So it’s a smart idea to factor in one day per week or fortnight for unforeseeable reno interruptions!
While everyone has their own tastes when it comes to renovating and designing a home, here are a few rules of thumb we’ve learnt from shows like The Block and House Rules.
There’s no ‘I’ in team! And when it comes to the success of a renovation it’s because of one big team effort. As we have seen on these reality TV shows, everything can suddenly fall apart when everyone isn’t working together and respecting each others' roles. Here are a few of the key players in a renovation team.
Sitting in a corner and sulking won’t get you far! If you’re unhappy with something a member of your renovation team has done let them know, sit down and talk to them, don’t be shy. We’ve seen it all too often on these reality TV shows, a lack of communication, it may lead to drama and ratings but it doesn’t help the renovation process. Communication is key to success. From the get go, talk with the tradies and be upfront and clear about your expectations. Don’t forget you can also negotiate costing with tradies and contractors. Every cent counts!Home renovation guides