What is the best way to tackle your renovations?

When you have a house that requires work in more than one area, it can be hard to know where to start. Should you knock it all over at once or do renovations bit by bit? Obviously, the answer depends on many factors. To help you determine what the best approach is for your fixer upper, we looked at the pros and cons of working in stages or doing it all in one hit.

Renovating all at once


  • By tackling your renovation as one complete project, your end result is likely to be a home with a better design flow. As your design choices are being made around the same time, your selections are likely to be more consistent.
  • Getting all of the work done at once will reduce the time your house is a work site.
  • Trades can come in and work on multiple areas of the home at the same time, reducing call back costs and delays.


  • Renovations cost money and by doing it all at once you will have to pay for it all at once.
  • You may need somewhere to stay if your renovations are being done simultaneously and your house is uninhabitable.
Sam Landon. The Hills Agents. Building a house in the Hills District

Renovating in stages


  • By stretching out your renovation, you can also stretch out your money and budget accordingly. You can plan your project based on cost and priority.
  • You can still live in the home and use other rooms while one is being worked on (e.g. use the laundry as a temporary kitchen).
  • This is a good approach if you are doing work on the renovation yourself around other commitments such as work and family.


  • Renovating piecemeal can result in a disjointed aesthetic if you are not careful. This is a potential risk if you do not have a clear vision. Some styles also become dated quickly or you may have trouble sourcing similar materials down the track.
  • Gradual renovations can leave occupants feeling like they are living in a perpetual construction site.

Whether you chose to renovate in stages or all in one go, here are some things all renovators need:

  • A plan.

    This should cover your renovation in its entirety detailing all elements, potential costs and timeframes.

  • A design vision.

    To ensure a consistent flow for your renovations, it’s important to have a clear picture of how you want the end result to look for your whole home. Inspiration boards are great for this.

  • A budget.

    It’s very easy for costs to blow out during a renovation. Your budget needs to be realistic and firm. It’s also a good idea to factor in a buffer and consider priority areas incase you run into cashflow problems.

Renovating your home is a major commitment of time and money. Ultimately, the approach you take depends on your financial and personal circumstances. If money and time is an issue, here are some ways to spruce up your timber or post-war home without over capitalising.

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