If you’re planning on taking the lead role in your next DIY renovation project, your best asset will be learning how to identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

You might be fabulous with colour and have your colour palette locked down, but when it comes to cabinetry design you’re spinning yourself around in circles between cupboards and drawers, handles or recessed pulls. You might be happy to save on your painting budget by painting yourself, but you’ve been staring at the same 5 paint chips for the past 2 weeks and you’ve still got no idea which shade of grey your life needs.

By creating a clear plan of what you can do yourself, you’ll identify where the gaps are. By investing in professional help to fill those gaps you not only end up with a more favourable outcome in terms of the project itself but often in terms of the overall budget, as the cost of the advice is offset by the savings in making rookie errors, or in having to call in the professional to rescue the project after you’ve given up on the DIY approach.


  1. Invest in advice

Even if you plan on getting down and dirty and tackling your renovation or interior decoration project yourself, getting the advice of an expert can set you up with a more effective and efficient launchpad for your project. Many trades will be happy to provide you with a consultation only service, so you can pay for a one off investment of their time to gather as much advise and direction you need. In our DIY Design Consultation in as little as 2 hours we can help you gather all of your ideas and refine them into a logical, linear plan of action.

2. If you think a professional is expensive, wait until you hire a rookie

When it comes to trades, there is often a reason why the cheapest may not be the best option. It may cost a little more, but the peace of mind that comes with using a registered, insured tradesperson is invaluable.

3. Measure twice, cut once

This is our motto when it comes to building, but really is applies to the overall approach to any project as well. By investing in the planning and interior design process (the measuring) you ensure a more streamlined approach in the construction or action phase, it helps you avoid the mistakes before they’re even made, which saves you both time and money.

So if you’re planning a DIY renovation or interior design project, don’t recklessly dive in with the sledgehammer even if that seems like the fun part! Invest a little time into the planning, identify your strengths and weaknesses and find the professionals you need to fill the gaps. If its an interior design or decoration project, our DIY Design Consultation might be the perfect launchpad for your next project.

Sam Dunne