Frequently Asked Questions

I have a good eye for design. Why shouldn't I design my own renovation?

Did you know that $50,000 is the average amount Australians spend on renovating? Whether spending more or less than this on your own reno; making the most of your hard-earned money is critical. We presume, since you're here; that you want your property to really look great once your renovation is complete - but are afraid of doing it wrong. Perhaps you're worried about over-spending (more than 50% of home owners do - by more than $5000!). So, yes you could design your own renovation OR you could let us do all the hard work for you to get the result you're really after. For more information about our packages, click here.


What are your prices?

For a full Renovation Action Plan where we give you renovation and design advice for your entire home (or close to it) incl. kitchen, bathrooms, living & dining spaces, bedrooms, laundry, flooring, walls, lighting, window treatments and exterior spaces, our fee is typically between $2490+gst and $2990+gst. For more comprehensive renovations which involve layout reconfigurations of more than one or two small spaces, the price may increase to $3490+gst or more. Another option is our 3 hour consultation package which costs $890+gst for a mini Renovation Action plan (we call this our RenoBlaster Consultation) that generally covers one to two areas of your home. We will always quote our fees to you up front before you engage us to assist you. Check out our various consultation packages here and if you would like to book in or find out more, you can phone us on 1300 908 890 or complete the Preliminary Enquiry form here.


I'm afraid of over-spending my budget. How can you help?

You may by now have seen that one of our biggest motivators is to have you renovate your property tastefully AND within your particular budget. We always take the renovation costs in to account when advising what you should do to your property - whether you're going for a Renovation Action Plan or a 'RenoBlaster' package. However, a Renovation Action Plan offers much more detail including estimates on all anticipated renovation costs. Whether you're DIYing or paying professionals to do the renovation for you, you'll always know how much to spend on each component and area of your property. This means avoiding going over budget so that you can complete your entire renovation without running out of money. Take a look at the bottom of each of the pages on the example Renovation Action Plan on our Consultation Packages page.  

I can pay a regular colour consultant to help me with my renovation – why should I use Hotspace?

Colour has a very important role in improving the look of your home, but there is a lot more involved in creating an amazing transformation than a few paint colours. If you're only painting your walls, then a colour consultant is probably all you need. However, if you're renovating your kitchen, bathroom/s, exterior and/or flooring and anything more, then a qualified and experienced designer and renovation consultant (like Hotspace) is the type of professional to seek guidance from.

I want to sell! Can you help me quickly and inexpensively refresh my property?

The last thing you want to do when getting your home ready for sale is to spend money on it! We get that. We've helped hundreds of sellers from all over Australia revamp and revitalise their properties cleverly and inexpensively. Our 3 hour RenoBlaster package is a best-seller for soon-to-be vendors looking to improve their property prior to sale. Check out the options here.  

Our builder says he will give me advice about my renovation. Why is using Hotspace any better?

There are hundreds of possibilities or potential renovation ideas for every property. Builders do generally have great ideas, but it's the pulling of the ideas together to create a cohesive, designer looking renovation on a pre-determined budget that they may not be quite so good at. Also, the more you spend on your renovation with a builder, the more money he makes. A Renovation Action Plan is an excellent tool to give to your builder to follow - to let him know exactly what you want him to do for you.


Our property manager tells us not to bother renovating as they don't anticipate a rental increase as a result.

Your property manager may be looking at your property from their perspective, not yours. If your rental income increases even $50 - $100 per week as a result of your renovation, then they will only earn an extra $4 - $8 per week in fees. Consider a few of the knock on effects of adding value to your investment property; The ability to use the equity to buy another property or go on holiday etc, or have a lower loan-to-value ratio.  

Using a designer is a luxury isn't it? This is a budget renovation, so why should I use Hotspace?

Using a designer is luxury when it is expensive - which Hotspace advice is not. We'll show you how to re-design your home or investment property for a fraction of the expense of any uptown designer!

We are building a new home. Can you help with colours and product selections?

Yes definitely - we'll work with you to create a home that's beautiful, light/bright and restful; one that inspires you to relax, recharge and connect with your loved ones! Get in touch once you have more or less finalised the layout and general architectural design of your new home and we will do the rest.  

What's the difference between renovating a rental property and my own home or one I'm planning to sell?

Good question! There is a huge difference that has a real impact on the decisions you'll make throughout your renovating process. A rental property needs to be super durable and particularly low maintenance. A property you are selling, on the other hand, need not necessarily have this long term durability. Or, if you're renovating your own home, then you'll want more input into the process to fulfill your own personal likes and dislikes. Getting renovation guidance from Hotspace eliminates the guess-work no matter what type of property you're renovating. We are experienced with all types of property and know just the right advice to give for your situation.  

Why should I renovate before putting my property on the market? My real estate agent says not to bother and to let the buyer do their own renovation.

Any Real estate agent wants your listing straight away – not in the future some time, so a renovation is going to really get in the way of that! If you want your property sold faster and at a higher price, then invest some time and money up front on a mini make-over to revitalise your property. You have one chance to impress potential purchasers. Other properties for sale at the same time are your competition so you need to be at the front of the pack. Find out more about renovating to sell here...

Do you give structural advice or just cosmetic?

We primarily offer cosmetic renovation advice including colours, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, landscaping etc. However, we do also offer some layout guidance. Since we are very experienced interior/exterior designers, but NOT qualified architects or building designers, we are restricted to the advice we offer here. We suggest you first contact someone qualified to advise on which walls could be removed (eg a builder) and then pass that information to us so we can provide layout options that best suits your property.


I have a property I'm thinking of renovating. How do I know if you can help me?

Send photos of your property to Jane - together with your phone number and we'll call you for a chat. A quick phone call will soon ascertain:
- How much your property might cost to renovate
- What a Renovation Action Plan or RenoBlaster will cost for your particular property


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