When we bought our first home, we knew it wouldn’t come in the perfect package.
We knew we would be buying a house with outdated bathrooms. A home with creaky, warped floor boards.
So we knew we would one day find ourselves as renovators. Which is exactly what happened last year.
Now, I’m sure you’ve seen the home renovation shows, so you know how glam, easy and carefree they make renovating look. I’m here to tell you that none of that is true. Sorry.
Here are the eight things that anyone who has ever renovated their home will understand.
1. Your mood will have bigger highs and lows than when you had PMS at 15.
There will be days when you think renovating is the best thing you’ve ever done. There will be days when you just want it to go back to the way it was before.
And by “days” I mean, those thoughts will happen in the same hour.
2. There are so many shades of grey… and white… and black.
Kiss your Saturday nanna naps goodbye. Forget about Sunday brunches. You will spend an entire day in a carpet shop trying to decide whether you should go with the light grey carpet or the lighter grey carpet.
You will learn the difference between a black tile and a black tile.
You will see two completely different colours when looking at off-white and not-quite-white paint.
3. You will run out of money quicker than playing 2 Up on ANZAC Day.
Your budget will determine your expectations. The price of things (furniture, tradies, odds and ends) will floor you.
Which is why it is so important to keep an eye on your budget (which is most likely your home loan). Companies like Choice Home Loans are great because they offer a free home loan health check. The Choice Home Loans brokers check to make sure your home loan is still suited to you and that you are getting maximum benefit out of one of your biggest purchases.
The fact that they are also offering the chance to win $10,000 between now and the end of November if you use their service is only a bonus. (Think of the shoe closet that you could buy).