Are renovation costs really going through the roof?

A few weeks ago I was sitting at the renowned B-FRESH café in Warana, waiting for my morning heart starter (coffee), whilst skimming through one of the newspapers. One of the articles that caught my eye highlighted the fact that renovation costs here on the coast were on the rise.

This article was of particular interest to me as I had just finished a renovation project on a house at Wurtulla.  For the first time in 10 years I had finished a planned renovation under budget, and needless to say, my wife and I were feeling pretty good about it.

Having had this positive experience, I would like to share my own approach and make mention of the great suppliers that helped me do it.  I can honestly say that at the time of writing, it is a good time to employ the services of our local tradies.

My tips for adhering to a renovation budget are:

1. Post an ad on
2. Get as many quotes as you can
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for a fixed price. I like to know how much it will cost to avoid the blowouts.
4. Give feedback to all of the quotes that are higher than the best price (someone is likely to beat it)
5. Go with your gut feeling (at quote time), if it doesn’t start right it’s not going to finish right
6. Treat your tradie right; they are just like you and me…human
7. Build rapport with your tradie
8. Keep their business cards for future work.

Here is my shout out to my favourite local tradies who have helped me successfully renovate:

Pools by Design, Nicklin Way         (07) 54388046
Barkers Air Conditioning         (07) 54936677
Superview Security Blinds Shutters     (07) 54932600
Crouchies Metal Engineering         (07) 54933549
Kawana Flooring Warehouse         (07) 54939540
Wide World of Lights, Currimundi     (07) 54926722
Carpet Cleaning Eamonn         0432 091 959
Highgrove Bathrooms             (07) 54376365
Suncoast Sheetmetal             (07) 54933333
Locksmith Service 0400668863
Sunshine Coast Rubbish Removal and Garden Clean Up 0467072709

At times I think we have all choked on quotes or prices, I live by this motto: ‘If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur…’