21 Common Mistakes Renovators Make: Poor Quality Work And Finishes
An Australian Property Renovation Series by Rapid Renovation Expert, Naomi Findlay.
Nobody wants a lemon, and that’s no different in the world of renovation and property.
Renovating for wealth isn’t about smoke and mirrors. It’s not about cutting corners. Renovating for wealth is producing a product with an appropriate finish for the property type, market, and price point. There’s no room for dodgy, shonky, or unsafe work.
Let me share a story with you about a few people who used to renovate in a city in New South Wales. They were absolutely well-known in the industry for cutting corners, for covering up integral floors, for doing everything absolutely close to the legal line.
You know what, it caught up with them. Not only did they get a reputation with agents, but they also got a reputation with building inspectors. So every time one of their properties was inspected, a building inspector could see it a mile off and absolutely made sure that the potential buyer knew everything about that property.
In many cases, it scared buyers off. For me, that’s just karma. There’s no room—in anyway—in renovating for wealth for poor quality workmanship or finishes.
How do you get around that?
First, you only use quality product that’s appropriate for that property
Second, you always use qualified—where necessary—licensed trades
Third, you always make sure that you’re happy with the level and quality of work and finish that has gone to that property. You can’t expect someone to live in a property that you wouldn’t even imagine visiting yourself.
So remember, it’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s not dodge. It’s not shonk. It’s quality finishes, it’s quality workmanship. That will make sure that you have longevity in your renovating business in your patch. That’ll ensure that people are actually lining up to buy or lease one of your projects—not running the other way.