Canberra renovation 101: 5 expert tips for a seamless home renovation process

A home renovation can seem stressful and chaotic. We’re here to help smooth out the process with this Canberra renovation 101 guide.

Did you know that 1 in 6 Australians aren’t happy with the current state of their homes?

But, with plenty of hassle, stress, and expenses, moving home isn’t always an option. This is where renovations come in!

Carrying out a Canberra renovation could be exactly what you need to do to upgrade your property and create your dream home. While there are certainly costs and it will take time, it’s much easier than moving.

Find out how to help your renovation or extension with advice from our top Canberra builders.


1. Know the costs

Before you start your project, you need to find out the cost of building in Canberra and create a realistic budget for different ideas. For example, you might want to look into the price of a knockdown rebuild, the price of individual room renovations, and the price of a whole-house renovation. Remember to factor in costs of your team, materials, and add an emergency fund into your budget too for those just in case situations.

2. Hire a professional team

A professional new home builder in Canberra is essential, and putting your team together early is a great idea. A trustworthy, experienced team creates a sturdy foundation for your renovation, so take your time to find the best builder in Canberra, talented architects, and a project manager if you need one! By booking your team early, you can be sure that the people you want on your project are free and you won’t have to settle for the second-best.

3. Cut back on costs

Whether you build a new house in Canberra or are just renovating a couple of rooms, knowing where to splurge and where to save is going to be a lifesaver. Costs can quickly pile up if you’re not careful, so assess what you need and what you can live without (remember, you can always add extras, like vintage door handles and expensive rugs later!). A good rule is to splurge on only one item per room, helping you stick to your budget.

4. Create a schedule

Your schedule is going to become your best friend during your Canberra extension, renovation, or new build. We recommend using a digital tool to create yours, adding in dates for when you’ll start work on certain projects, when work needs to be done, and when materials need to be bought and delivered. Share your schedule with everyone, from your Canberra builder to your family so that you can all stay updated throughout the build.

5. Move out

Even with a master builder who’s super quick and tidy, you’re going to find your routine disturbed by renovations! If you can, consider finding temporary accommodation. Not only will this let you and your family continue with your daily routine undisturbed, but you’ll also be able to escape the project stress when it gets too much – and trust us, that’s essential for large projects!


Start your Canberra renovation

If you’re undertaking a Canberra renovation, you’re probably very excited to get going! But, slow down and create your plan first. Budget, find temporary accommodation, and – most importantly – put together a brilliant team.

If you’re looking for Canberra builders you can rely on, get in touch with Homes by Howe today!