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Avidly watch those renovation TV shows and reckon you could do better? Renovating your pad could be the best thing you ever did raising the property's value, creating a living space you love, and putting your design stamp on the space.

But should you do your own renovations? What are some common remodeling mistakes homeowners make with DIY renos?

1. Dodgy job

It's true that the right renovation adds value, but it could also put off prospective buyers. Why? Because unfortunately some DIY renovations are dodgy, with cut corners, poor finishes and even structural issues.

Avoid this by only undertaking work that's within your limits and hire a project manager to oversee the tougher stuff. And never do illegal electrical or plumbing work yourself; always hire a licensed tradesperson.

2. Budget blow-out

One of the most common DIY renovation mistakes is going beyond your budget. Every cent you spend is taken off your profit margin, so it makes sense to put a cap on costs.

Aim to spend just 10 percent of the value of your property. And break the budget down to every little detail, such as how much you'll spend on power points and light switches.

3. Flat-pack fiasco

Flat pack kitchens cost less and look easy to the amateur DIYer. But be warned it's a lot more complicated that it seems. While you can assemble the units yourself, consider hiring a pro for the final install. That way, you can be sure all the levels are spot on.

4. Tiling troubles

Tiling can be tricky for even the experienced DIYer. Many renovators make the mistake of doing their own tiling and ending up with an uneven, poorly finished space.

Save a headache and hire a tiler.

5. Choosing the wrong suburb

If you're renovating to sell, location is everything. You should only buy in a suburb you know well or have researched thoroughly.

Compare three or more suburbs and aim to get an in-depth knowledge of property prices, supply and demand, and population stats.

6. Picking the wrong property

Choosing the wrong place to renovate is just as problematic as the wrong suburb. In all the eagerness to start knocking down walls, it's easy to neglect the nitty gritty.

Take your time analysing the plus points and drawbacks of the property and the potential profit you can make.

7. Keeping up with the Joneses

While street appeal is important, trying to create the best house in the street could cost you $40,000 or more in devaluations. Aim for a renovation that blends with the neighbourhood ? and remember that surrounding properties will impact the resale value of your home.

8. Neglecting the great outdoors

Many DIY renovators spend all their time indoors and forget about the outdoor space. But with the move to outdoor living, this is a costly mistake that could deter buyers and reduce the sale price.

Set aside some cash to create a deck or patio, garden path, outdoor kitchen, spa or pool or an entire outdoor room for the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living.

9. Serious subsidence

Imagine pouring your time, money and energy into a sparkling new kitchen?only to have to lose it in a few years? time. It happens, when DIY renovators neglect to check that the sub-floor structure is sound. Overlooking this one little detail could mean your perfect kitchen falls prey to subsidence.

10. Using dodgy tradies

Most tradespeople run legitimate, reputable businesses and only want the best outcome for you and your property. But there are some who slip through the cracks and could put your entire renovation and future sale at risk.

Only hire licensed, credible and experienced experts. Take your time collecting and comparing quotes, ask plenty of questions, look at examples of past projects and choose tradies who understand your vision and budget.

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