Friends With Money #79: Tips for planning a knockdown and rebuild


Sometimes renovating isn't enough and you need to start from scratch.

Done wrong, rebuilding can be very costly and take longer than expected - so what's the best way to begin? This week on the Friends With Money podcast, Money's Michelle Baltazar speaks with Tracie Ellis, the founder and CEO of Renovators Directory, about the steps you need to take to get things done right. They discuss:

  • Who should be part of your A-team
  • How to avoid a dodgy builder
  • Is the cheapest quote the best way to go?
  • What tradies don't like to do
  • How a professional interior designer can save you money

friends with money 79 tips for planning a knockdown and rebuild

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Michelle Baltazar is editor-in-chief of Money magazine and an award-winning journalist, editor and publisher. She has worked at media companies including BRW, Shares Magazine (London) and industry newspaper Financial Standard, and has written about superannuation, wealth management, investment technology and financial advice.

Tracie Ellis is the founder and CEO of Renovators Directory the platform that brings together business owners in the renovation sector and consumers requiring their services. She is also the managing director of TAE Projects. Tracie has had a long career in construction and is well respected for her industry knowledge.