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    Default Cosmetic home renovations

    So we are looking to renovate our home (cosmetic only) and am trying to work out how much it will roughly cost.

    We want to put in built ins, paint throughout new carpet, new kitchen bench, some window furnishings etc.

    To those who have renovated... if you don't mind sharing what did you do and what did it set you back?

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    We've done in the last year:

    Built ins - DH wanted polyurethane white gloss doors so they were more expensive and were $1800 for 2m (2 sliding doors) and $3200 for our bedroom which was 3m (3 sliding doors)

    Blinds - we love shutters but to do our whole house in white timber shutters was going to be $15,000 so as we plan on selling in 5 years we just went with roller blinds in a lovely pale grey and were $3200 for 7 windows (wystan)

    Paint - DH did our whole house but my SIL had hers done for $4000 (4 beds plus family room including ceilings)

    Carpet - we put down timber floorboards throughout but my SIL just had her upstairs 4 bedrooms and hallway carpeted for $3600 (carpet court)

    Kitchen - we are doing next year so don't have prices for you but from what I've seen you can get the manufactured stone bench tops for approx $3000 for a standard kitchen

    Just get a few quotes and try get recommendations from people who have used them as the cheaper tradies are usually the worst
    Good luck!

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    Default Cosmetic home renovations

    How many bedrooms? And how much will you do yourself?

    Painting doesn't cost too much. It can be time consuming but not if you plan effectively.

    We have carpet in our three bedrooms that needs replacing and we're budgeting about $1000.

    Window furnishings we're doing right now and you can save HEAPS here! We got a quote for 4 basic roller blinds from a nearby store which came in at $1400. By measuring up ourselves we can get the whole house done for that, by getting them online. Friends of ours used Blinds Online and they are fantastic quality, I'd say even better than the in store ones we looked at.

    DP has sanded back and repainted all our window frames and fixed up any leaks / dodgy seals which cost next to nothing (just the paint and putty), and will save us heaps in heating and cooling. He also painted rather than replaced our roof (it was in good condition and hadn't started to rust) and it looks a million bucks!

    Getting a new kitchen bench and keeping the original cupboards is an awesome way to save money but look like you've got a new kitchen! Paint the cupboards if you need, and replace the handles with more modern ones. You can change your tapware to match if need be.

    Next up for us is our bathroom which DP thinks will cost $4,000 - $5000, so I'm budgeting $6,000 - $6,500! We're ripping it out and redoing it but keeping everything where it is so we don't have to move any plumbing, which can be a big added cost. New toilet, bath, shower head (shower over bath), vanity and towel rail. Keeping everything white and charcoal, super simple to save on cost, and dressing it up with accessories (plants, candles, towels etc). That's the theme we're doing through the whole house really - keeping everything neutral white and grey, just using prints, cushions & decorative items to create a colour scheme. The best part is you can change it easily! And it will have a wider appeal for resale.

    DP is currently pricing built ins which he will also do himself, ill let you know when he's done. Flatpack is also a good option for built ins rather than custom, if you choose a nice finish it can look just as professional!

    I hope some of this helped! I'd say with the work we've done (painting, windows, blinds, roof, insulation) we've spent less than $6000 and that includes a new $2000 deck, because DP did so much himself. Once the bathroom and built ins are done I'd hope we'd get out of it for under $12,000.
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    Thank you so much for your replies. It's really helpful!

    We have 4 bedrooms. I'm so torn as it's more money on our home loan however if we are going to stay here for another 5 years, I want to be comfortable and enjoy our space. We have quite a bit of equity in our home but it's still a scary thought for me. I was going to say $20,000 and didn't know if that would be adequate but you've shown me that it's possible, maybe even less!!


 

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