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Avoid being a home renovating or building newbie - Episode 4 (Season 5 - Mistakes Many Make)

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Mistakes many make | Podcast Season 5 | Undercover Architect

With over 20 years industry experience, in over 250 projects (including 3 renovations of my own), there are consistent errors I see many homeowners ma 
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Want to feel and sound like you know what you’re talking about when you build or renovate your home?  

And avoid being a newbie, feeling like you have a target on your forehead, waiting to be ripped off or taken advantage of? 

A recent report by Ernst & Young estimates that by the year 2028 women will control about 80% of discretionary spending worldwide.  

And I recall as far back as 2006, when I was Chair of an Industry Committee, we commissioned research to find the purchasing power of women in the property industry. We that found at that time, that when it comes to property, women either controlled, or heavily influenced 80% of the purchasing decisions. 

And yet, and I’ve experienced this personally, when it comes to our own projects, we’ll often find designers, salespeople, builders and tradespeople still want to speak to and listen to our male partners. 

I’ve had tradespeople, not knowing I’m an architect, tell me they’ll wait until my husband is home to get instructions on a job (even though it was me who organised the job). Or tell me the most outlandish stuff when quoting, thinking I was a mum with a baby on my hip who didn’t know any better. 

A woman named Melissa said her greatest worry about building her new home was this: 

It is going into a contractual deal where it becomes obvious that I have no experience in this field and "they" have all the experience. Therefore "they" can easily pull the wool over your eyes or to be more blunt - rip you off. As a woman on her own building a house for the first time I feel like I have a big target cross on my forehead saying "easy". 

In this episode, I share 3 key actions for you to consider before you embark on your project, so that all those initial dealings, conversations and choices can achieve 3 things.  

These 3 things you’ll achieve are … 

  • you’ll get great service from those you’re hiring 
  • you’ll know who and what to choose to get the outcome you’re seeking 
  • you’ll feel confident and excited about your project, your team and the home you’re going to create 

Want to know what the 3 key actions are for you to implement and avoid being a home renovation or new build newbie?  

Listen to the episode now. 

The doors to my 6 week  online  program, "How to Get it Right in Your Reno or New Home" will be opening soon.  

This online program is a supercharged way to get the education and information you need to understand the process of renovating or building your home. Plus get my help and advice on your project.  

I share key lessons I've learnt from over 250 of my projects, many more that I've studied and analysed, and more than 2 decades of industry experience.   

All so you can understand the pitfalls and mistakes to avoid, can skip the heartache and drama, and know that your effort, investment and planning will all be worth it in your beautiful finished home. And I'm there, alongside you for your 6 weeks membership to answer your questions and really rocket launch you further along in your project.  

To be the first to know when the doors open to "How to Get it Right" - head to and pop in your email address now.  


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