Refinancing to renovate: the golden rules to getting it right.

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Getting your financial ducks in a row before you kick off a home makeover is essential. Here’s what you need to know about refinancing to renovate.

Ask anyone who has renovated and chances are they will give you a laundry list of what not to do, ranging from thinking you can live there during the demolition period to ignoring the need for a solid quote and builder’s contract.|

Top of that list should be ‘Sort out your finances before picking up the sledgehammer’, so we’ve pulled together our top tips on how to refinance your home to renovate.
It’s smart advice because there’s a special kind of stress (okay, terror) involved when you realise your house is an unliveable building site and you’re going to need to rustle up another $10k/20k/30k you hadn’t budgeted for in order to finish it.
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6 Paint Colors You’ll Never Find in an Interior Designer’s Home

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Picking a new hue for your walls can feel like a major commitment. After all, there’s no other design element that has quite as much power to impact how you feel. But in reality, it’s a pretty low-risk update.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could invite a designer over to your house for a glass of wine and a snack while they regale you with tales of their own paint adventures? With that in mind, we (domino Magazine) asked six industry experts to share the shades they would avoid at all costs and the ones they’d use in their own homes. Surprisingly, one “unpopular” color was a clear winner.

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