The Real Life cost and time of renovating and building - Episode 5 (Season 9 - KEEPING IT REAL)


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The most significant differences between real life renovating and building and reality TV and online versions is COST and TIME.

Why does it seem so much cheaper and faster to renovate or build in the television or online world?


I’ve been working with homeowners for almost 25 years now, and one thing has been constant. Their expectations of what it will cost, and how long it will take, are vastly different to real life renovating and building.

You’ll be told by well-meaning friends when you announce you’re planning to renovate or build … “You know what they say? It’ll cost you twice as much and take twice as long as you plan it to.”

However, in my experience … homeowners commence the process with a budget that’s 50% - 75% of where it needs to match their brief (their needs, wants, wishes and desires for their home). And they don’t understand how long the whole process will take, and that it can sometimes be 2 to 3 years from start to finish.

Why this big mismatch between expectations and reality?

Well, I believe this is the most significant difference between real life renovating and building, and what is presented on reality TV and online versions.

Listen to the episode now, as I help you be more aware of these differences. And how you can manage your expectations more realistically to save cost, time AND stress on your project.

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