As a long time The Block watcher, first-time renovator, I knew I was in for a hectic and possibly tear-filled challenge when I decided to undertake a kitchen reno at my new home.

It was particularly difficult to know how to get the ball rolling, what trades I needed to hire and how much a project like this would cost.

If you’re a novice renovator too, here are a few things I learnt along the way that may help you plan, get started and save money on your next home improvement project.

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