DIY House Renovations – money saver or costly nightmare?

Melbourne House Check DIY InspectionsDIY Home renovations can be a great way to save money. If you have been thinking about getting into the property market, and conducting your own renovations on a “fixer upper” or even planning to update and make a few changes to your own home, you are not alone. Well planned and executed renovations can add considerable value to a home, however if you do not have adequate experience or the necessary skills, it can lead to poor finishes. While the internet has opened up an endless supply of knowledge, watching a few DIY television shows such as The Block, or House Rules is no substitute for years of on-site experience and training.

Very often our inspectors here at Melbourne House Check encounter homes that have been poorly renovated (eg poor paintwork or tiling, poorly fitted cabinetry and flooring, or renovations are incomplete due to the owner realising the work was over their head and has resulted in the dreaded ‘Money Pit’.

Regardless of the task, whether it is painting or knocking down a wall, planning ahead is the key. A successful and high quality renovation hinges on thorough research and well thought out planning and budgeting. We recommend discussing your renovation project with professionals and skilled tradespeople before commencing your work.

When Melbourne House Check complete a Pre-Project or Pre-Purchase Building Inspection, our inspectors are able to provide advice as to the complexities of any renovations you might be considering and answer any questions you might have. We can identify problems which might be encountered along the way, and any areas that might need initial attention.

So if you feel that you are ready to take the bull by the horns and start renovating, we are here to assist in any way we can. For an inspection on your home, extensions, investment property or other, please contact us today at or call our team on 1300 729 352.