How not to kill your spouse when renovating: Reno Lads

Ever felt the urge to kill your spouse or partner while you're renovating a house? You're not alone.

New Galaxy research has found more than 70 per of Australian homeowners questioned reported feeling tension with their partner during a planned renovation.

The new statistics, commissioned by Hipages, said Generation Y and X couples were most likely to experience conflict about renovations and home maintenance.

Toowoomba's Nelson and Baden Marino-Hall, who go as The Reno Lads, have plenty of experience buying old Queenslanders and turning them into modern marvels.

The pair runs through the dos and don'ts when flipping a house with your spouse:

1. JUST A LITTLE RESPECT

EVEN loving couples will disagree on certain issues, which can actually be a good thing when you want to turn a house over.

But Nelson said a little respect went a long way.

"Respect your partner's opinion and try to think about things differently by having an open mind to certain situations and a solutions-focused mindset towards challenges," he said.

"Baden can be very black and white and needs numbers, where I am more visual and can imagine a space and what it could be."

Nelson said listening and talking calmly was also required.

2. KEEP IT POSITIVE, EVEN WHEN IT GOES WRONG

RENOVATING a house can be one of the most stressful exercises a couple can be part of, due to budgeting, time and resource restraints.

But Nelson said the end-goal should always be squarely in your mind, even if things don't go according to the script.

"At the moment I have a fancy rubber duck from a luxury hotel sitting in the green bathroom at Project Newtown," he said, referring to the couple's latest project.

"It reminds me daily of the end goal.

"Things do go wrong no matter how much you've planned and prepared. It's about being agile and adapting as you go.

"Try and have a laugh and don't play the blame game."

3. DO IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, AND HAVE A BIT OF FUN

RENOVATING is hard work, but it can be a very rewarding experience.

Nelson said if you were planning to fix up your house with your partner, make sure it's done with the right intentions.

"As with anything in life it pays to love what you do otherwise the enjoyment isn't there and it's not sustainable," he said.

"It makes all the healthy debates along the way all worth it!"

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