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  • Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Hi there,

    Can someone please tell me what room do you start in when you start a reno.

    Do you start at one end of the house (bedroom) and work your way through.

    thanks

    Profile photo of Jamie MooreJamie Moore
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    I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer and it can be dependent on your own situation. For instance, we’re about to move into a place that we’ll commence renovating straight away. We’re going to paint the entire place first – then start renos on the main room (so we can move our bed/furniture in) then the lounge/living areas and we’ll chip away at the spare rooms later on.

    If you’re planning on renovating any wet areas it might be handy to get those done first because it can get quite messy.

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    Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Hi Jamie M

    thanks for your reply, at least it gives me an idea.

    regards

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    OK not much info.
    Are you living in it while renovating?
    I'll assume it's an investment property that you want to renovate ASAP to get tenants in (that's an area I know about).

    So the answer is the bathroom. It takes the longest. Start first and you'll still be doing it at the end.  My next reno is NOT having a new bathroom (just an update).

    Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Thanks Catalyst,

    At least I know were to start now.

    regards

    Profile photo of jacqui_03jacqui_03
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    Hi Dr Spock,

    The way I was told to go by was bathroom, kitchen, laundry, paint, light fittings, carpet/flooring, blinds/curtins.

    I guess it depends on what work needs doing.

    Cheers,

    Jacqui

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    Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Hi Jacqui,

    Thanks for the order. It will help alot

    regards

    Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Thanks Duckster

    regards

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    Hi Dr Spock,
    I agree with Catalyst – what is the point of the reno?  Will you live there for any length of time? Quick reno and flip? Value-adding for tenants?  How big a reno are we talking – a freshen-up for higher rent? a tart-up for a nice quick cash flip? or are we talking major structural for a big fat profit down the track a bit?
    Either way, you have to consider the "T"s… Time and Tradies, and plan your reno around that, because if you are needing to rely on tradies (plumbers, sparkies, tilers) and you have a time schedule, you had better book them now and plan the rest of the reno around them!  I have had a reno blow waaay out of time (and budget as a result) due to waiting on availability of tradesmen, and I don't know where you are, but with the flood and fire devastation everywhere I suspect the situation may only get more dire…
    But good luck, and I hope you enjoy the experience!  And remember, the bad days have the best lessons!  

    Profile photo of Dr.SpockDr.Spock
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    Hi Sonia,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I am planning a quick reno and flip, with no major structural needs. But need to leave open the fact that it is a flat market at the moment so I may have to rent out for a while until the market picks up.

    regards

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