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One of the biggest things I’ve learned so far


I’ve been learning so much on this crazy renovation journey. Watch my video below to hear one of the most important things I’ve learned so far.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned in this whole renovation process is how vitally important it is to be as close to the build as possible.

When I was considering the process of having to move out and put things into storage, I knew I’d have to rent somewhere. While looking into rental properties, it was clear that the further away from the coastal area where I live, the cheaper it would be to rent.

I was warned by many, including my very-experienced builder mate Tom Williams, how important it would be to be available to visit site every day. Now I’m learning firsthand that the advice was right. Unexpected things are coming up on site every day! If you’re not living close enough be able to drop in and physically see what they’re talking about, it’s so much harder to make a decision. Inevitably this holds up progress, and that delay will cost you money.

In a previous post I mentioned how lucky I was to be able to rent my neighbour’s house. I am literally right beside the action. I’m now especially relieved it could work out this way.

So my advice is even if it costs you a little bit more, try to live as close as possible to your site.


Watch my video where I chat with Tom Williams about his home renovation.


  1. Belinda Smith

    November 18, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Totally agree. I checked on the progress of my last build project every day. Renting just around the corner was fantastic, because I could see the trucks turning up. Knowing exactly what was happening meant I could intercept issues before they became bigger problems. There is an emotional attachment to a build you really care about.
    Whereas, our investment property renovations…some of those I only visit once or twice during the process. One, I didn’t visit at all, organising the entire renovation over the phone and internet. There’s not the same attachment to the outcome.

  2. Caroline Clark

    November 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Love your posts and advice Deb. We are just starting our total house renovation and plan on living on site. Not sure how i will go and might have to be in a caravan for a while, but definitely close to the build.

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