Unlike many 14-year olds, still transitioning from tween to teen with the concept of a career seeming fuzzy and far off, local girl Tegan Fitzhardy already has a successful track record of renovating for profit in Adelaide.
Translating her childhood love of reality TV renovations into real-world action, in 2015 Tegan and her mum Miriam joined forces to undertake cosmetic renovations on two home units Miriam had bought.
Not only did the pair achieve an impressive $17 000 increase in equity on the two properties in just three months but they are also earning rent that covers their mortgage and protection costs.
This success didn’t come about by happy accident but—as it usually does—by research, careful planning and hard work.
The first step towards renovating for profit in Adelaide
Tegan’s first step on to the property ladder was when she gave her mum, ‘the best birthday present ever’, in 2015—two tickets to attend a live event with home-renovation guru Cherie Barber and property developer and educator Dominique Grubisa.
Tegan came home from that event with pages of notes on which she had captured all the techniques Cherie had shared with the audience and all fired up about becoming a renovator for real.
She didn’t have to wait long to get started as Miriam, bought the two home units mentioned above the following month.
Home renovation awards and rewards
Last year Tegan won one of five Young Renovator Scholarships for 2018 awarded by Cherie Barber and in December she attended Cherie’s boot camp in Sydney, where she relished the opportunity to network with other South Australian renovators.
Tegan is currently completing the associated course on-line and will also undertake a Certificate III in Business this year.
To complement her studies, she plans to secure several industry placements with property renovators to further develop her hands-on skills.
As if that weren’t enough, Tegan and Miriam are taking on another renovation project, this time on the new family home that Miriam bought recently.
Grabbing the renovation world with both hands
This assured and motivated young teen, who is making her own way in the world—with mum’s help and encouragement—believes that young people will need to make their own jobs in the future.
As well as continuing to be renovating for profit in Adelaide, Tegan’s business plans include, ‘inspiring and teaching people how to make their home renovation dreams become reality!’.
One can’t help but be inspired by 14-year-old Tegan’s journey from reality TV-renovation fan to successful home renovator in reality.
We wish her the all the very best in achieving her very worthwhile goals.
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