Thinking about renovating your home? You’ll understandably want to glean as much information and advice from those who have been there and done it as you can. As it turns out, the silver screen has been advising us about home renovation for decades and watching these movie gems actually counts as research!

The Lego Movie

Lesson: You could get bitten by the renovation bug

There will be certain aspects of the project that you will undertake yourself in an attempt to save money (obviously make sure you only take on the jobs you know you’ll be able to tackle safely). By the end of the project, you’ll have amassed a whole new set of skills and after the dust has settled, you may even be instilled with so much confidence (‘I am a master builder!’) that you’re tempted to take on another renovation project down the line.

You’ll also learn that, no matter how much you wish it, you’ll never be able to work as fast as Lego master builder Emmett!

Under The Tuscan Sun

Lesson: Always have a contingency budget

Sometimes, not matter how much you plan, parts of your project will not go according to plan. Make sure you include a contingency budget so you can rectify any ‘hot water in the toilet bowl’ style issues.

The Notebook

Lesson: Project management (or DIY) will eat up a lot of your time

It may feel like you are working on your renovation project morning, noon and night. If you are project managing a large renovation (or doing it on a DIY basis), it will take up a large portion of your time. You may feel like you’re going mad, but persevere and it’ll all be worth it in the end when you are enjoying all your newfound free time in your recently renovated home.

Home Alone

Lesson: Don’t forget home security

This movie taught us all we need to know about home security. All you need is some Micro Machines, an iron and a couple of hapless burglars.

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House

Lesson: Don’t be afraid to speak openly with your architect

A lesson from a Hollywood legend Cary Grant now. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and share your ideas when communicating with your architect. Good, open and honest communication is essential to project success. Plus, if it worked for Cary Grant then who are we to disagree?

Barefoot in the Park

Lesson: Always look for the potential

An eye for spotting potential is key when purchasing a property with the intent to renovate. It can be easy to focus on the negatives, and discount a potential pad from the running, but being able to see the possibilities that others haven’t seen is how you add the most value to a property and maximise the return on your investment.

The Money Pit

Lesson 1: Check the wiring

Always check whether the property needs rewiring, as we can guarantee you’ll not be amused if you discover this fact as the paint dries on your newly renovated home.

Lesson 2: Check the floor structure

Always assess the structural elements of the building before placing decorative rugs – as funny as this is to watch, you don’t want to be the person this happens to in real life.


And hey, after all is said and done and regardless of the ups and downs of any renovation project, it’ll (hopefully) never be as bad as this:

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