Having personally renovated more than 50 kitchens over her 30-year career as a professional renovator, Cherie Barber knows exactly what you should watch out for before you start your own kitchen renovation.
1. GETTING RIPPED OFF BY TRADIES
Tradies know what they’re doing and will know if you don’t.
And some(not all or many) will take advantage of this fact by tweaking their invoices in their favour.
How to avoid inflated numbers? Act like you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t!) Get 3 quotes and don’t say ‘this is my first reno’ out loud.
2. LACK OF PLANNING APPROVAL
This one is a no-brainer. If you don’t know if you’re allowed to knock down a wall, don’t knock down a wall.
It’s better to be safe than sorry because it’s really hard to un-knock down a wall. And being ‘sorry’ involves stop work orders and fines.
Check with your local Council first unless you like funding government revenue.
3. WRONG MATERIALS
How will your kitchen be used?
Ask this question. To yourself. To your family. To your imaginary prospective buyers.
And then design to the answer.
Do you have a big family who enjoys Taco Tuesdays? – Don’t install a mirrored splashback.
Are you a clumsy wine connoisseur? – Steer clear of porous marble benchtops.
Are you selling to a single person? – Forget the 90cm cooktop.
Think long and hard about who’ll be using your room and how.