Budget My Reno

Taking the stress out of managing renovation budgets

Enter and track your budget and expenses from anywhere at any time and get an instant visual snapshot of whether you’re on track.

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Core Features

Making renovations easier

Flexible

Completely customise the categorisation of your project budget and expenses so that they roll up in a way that makes sense to you

Track Payments

Track part payments and when payments are due, enabling you to quickly check the accuracy of invoices when you receive them

Monitor Changes

View a full audit trail of all your renovation budget and expense changes so you can see exactly when and how the costs changed over time. Track notes to jog your memory of project changes

Share

Privately share your remodelling projects with other users such as your partner or project manager so that everyone has a real-time view of how the project is tracking

Instant Access

Store your tradespeople and supplier contacts and sync them to your phone contact giving you instant access to their details when you need them

Capture

Capture and store your quotes, invoices, receipts, and photos of your design ideas

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up a new project?

If you haven’t previously created a project, you should see the following message on the Home screen, “No Projects. You can create them by tapping the “+” button above”. (If you have created a project previously, you will need to Add a Project). Press the “+” Button on the top right of the screen. 

  1. You will be directed to the Add Project screen
  2. Press on “Project” to give your project a name
  3. After giving your project a name, Press the “Budget” field and you will be taken to the Budget Screen
  4. Once you’ve entered your budget and contingency, enter the Completion Date of your project
  5. Finally add any members you wish to add to the project
  6. Press on the “”Button on the top right of the screen to save your project information
  7. You will now be taken to the Home Screen showing a graph describing the budget allocated to your project and nuy,ber of days remaining till it completes.

How do I allocate a budget to my project?

After giving the project a name, press on Budget on the Add Project screen

  1. You will be taken to the Budget screen and will see the following message, “No Budgets. You can create them by tapping the “+” button above.
  2. Press on the “+” button on the top right of the screen
  3. You will be directed to the Add Budget screen
  4. Press the Budget Item field
  5. Select a Budget Item (E.g. Kitchen, Planning etc.) or can also enter your own Budget Item by pressing on the “+” button on the top right of the screen
  6. Enter the Amount you wish to allocate to this Budget Item
  7. You can adjust the Contingency for a Budget using the slider. By default, Contingency is set at 20% when a Budget Item is first set up
  8. Press “✓” to save your changes

How do I share my project with other people?

  1. After creating the project, click on the “Edit” Button on the top right of the project home screen
  2. You will be directed to the “Edit Project” screen
  3. Select “Members”
  4. Press on the “+” Button on the top right of the “Members” Screen
  5. You will be presented with a pop up to enter the email address of the person you wish to share you project with.
  6. Enter their email address and press Done.
  7. You will then be presented with the email message that will be sent. You can choose to edit this message and then click Send
  8. If the invited member, does not have an account, they will need to create one. When they log in they will be able to see all the project details and make changes including adding and deleting transactions.
  9. The invited member will not have access to your contacts.
  10. The Project screen will show the number of members who have access to the project.

How do I remove members from my project?

  1. After creating the project, click on the “Edit” Button on the top right of the project home screen
  2. You will be directed to the “Edit Project” screen
  3. Select “Members”, where you will be presented with the email addresses of members who have access to your project
  4. Swipe left on the member you wish to remove, and a delete icon will appear
  5. Select the delete icon
  6. Press “X” to return to the Edit Project screen, and the member count should reflect the change you just made

How do I delete or edit a category?

On the Category screen,

  1. Swipe left on the category you wish to edit or delete
  2. Select either the edit or delete icon to edit and delete the category respectively
  3. You won’t be allowed to delete a category if there are transactions attached to it. You will have to reassign those transactions first before you can delete the category
  4. Categories are unique to a project. So deleting a category on one project will not affect other projects you may have set up

How do I delete or edit a budget item?

On the Budget Item screen,

  1. Swipe left on the budget item you wish to edit or delete
  2. Select either the edit or delete icon to edit and delete the budget item respectively
  3. You won’t be allowed to delete a budget item if there are transactions attached to it. You will have to reassign those transactions first before you can delete the budget item
  4. Budget items are unique to a project. So deleting a budget item on one project will not affect other projects you may have set up

How do I add a transaction (expense) to my project?

On the Home screen, if you haven’t added transactions previously, you will see the following message, “No Transactions. You can create them by tapping the “+” button below”.

  1. Press the “+” red button on the bottom right of the screen
  2. You will be directed to the Add Transaction screen
  3. Press on Category, and you will be directed to the Select Category screen
  4. On the Select Category screen you will see the following message, “No Categories. You can create them by tapping the “+” button above”
  5. Click on the “+” button on the top right of the screen
  6. You can either select an existing Category, or create a new one by pressing the “+” button on the top right of the screen. Enter the “New Category” name
  7. Back on the Add Transaction Screen, enter a description for the transaction. You can use the description field to enter part-payments. For example, you may create a transaction for the Plumber category, with a description for “Deposit” as one transaction and “Final Payment” for another transaction
  8. Enter a “Unit Price” and “Quantity” for the Transaction. In most instances, the Quantity will be “1”, but you may want to enter the number of hours as the “Quantity” and the hourly rate as the “Unit price
  9. You can toggle to apply a Sales Tax if applicable. The Sales Tax is set at 10% by default,  but can be changed in the Settings screen
  10. Press on Budget to select the Budget Item that the Transaction is linked to. E.g. for the Plumber transaction, this may be linked to the Kitchen budget
  11. You can select a Due On date for when the payment is due. If you select a due date, you will get a reminder notification on the day
  12. Once you have paid for the transaction, you can toggle the Paid button, and enter the date for when the transaction was “Paid On”
  13. You also have the option to add photos and notes to the transaction

How do I read the graph on the Home screen?

When you first set up the project, the yellow arrow will be at the “0” level on the graph. The red portion of the graph will show you the contingency you have allowed for in the project. As you add transactions, the yellow arrow will move in a clockwise direction to show how much you have committed to spend so far.

As you mark transactions as Paid, the graph will also show a shaded blue portion to indicate how much of the committed transactions have been paid.

The Remaining value in the middle of the graph will turn red when the sum of the transactions you have entered, exceeds the total budget that you allocated for the project.

The Remaining value will be negative, when the sum of transactions exceeds the budget and contingency you allocated for the project.

How do I add staged payments?

Staged payments can be added by adding multiple transactions. For example to add a two stage payment for a Plumber, you would add an initial transaction with Category of Plumber, and Description of “Deposit”. This would have a the appropriate due date for when the payment was due.

You would then add another transaction with Category of Plumber, and the Description would be “Final”, and due date for payment would be set accordingly.

How do I set up a payment reminder?

By setting a Due On date on the transaction screen, the application will send a notification on the date the payment is due.

In Settings, ensure Payment Reminders is toggled to ON, and in the System Settings on your phone, ensure Notifications are enabled for the BudgetMyReno application.

How do I add photos to my project?

Photos are added in the transaction screen. You can add a photo when creating or editing a transaction.

  1. When on transaction screen, press Photos
  2. If this is the first time you’re adding a photo to a transaction, you will be presented with the following message ““No Photos. You can create them by tapping the “+” button above”
  3. Press the “+” button on the top right of the screen
  4. You can select to either “Take Photo” or “Add Photo”
  5. You can add a description to the photo by pressing “Tap here to add a description”
  6. You can also delete the photo by pressing on the trashcan icon overlaid on the right bottom corner of the photo
  7. If you are adding multi-page invoice, you will have to take multiple photos in order to add it to the application
  8. Press “X” to return to the Transaction screen
  9. The Transaction screen will show you the number of notes entered against that transaction

How do I add notes to my project?

Notes are added in the transaction screen. You can add notes when creating or editing a transaction.

  1. When on transaction screen, press Notes
  2. Tap the notes area to bring up a keyboard to start typing your notes
  3. Press the “✓” button to save your note
  4. Press “X” to return to the Transaction screen
  5. The Transaction screen will show you the number of notes entered against that transaction

How do I add multiple projects?

  1. Select the menu icon on the top left corner of the screen
  2. Select “Add Project” to add another project
  3. Follow the same process you went through to create your first project
  4. When you return to the home screen, you’ll notice blue dots under the graph to indicate that multiple projects are available to view. The number of dots indicate the number of projects available to view.
  5. Swipe left or right to view the additional projects

How do I add or change the budget for a project?

  1. Go to the Home Screen
  2. Press on the “Edit” icon on the top right of the screen
  3. You will be directed to the “Edit Project” screen
  4. Press “Budget”
  5. Press on the “+” button on the top right of the “Budget” Screen to add a new Budget Item, or select one of the Budget Items to edit it.

How do I see the history of changes on a project?

By selecting the Menu icon on the top left corner, and then Activity, the application will show you the history of changes on your project. The events that are tracked are as follows:

  • When a new budget was added or changed
  • When a transaction was added or changed
  • When a new note was added to a transaction
  • When a transaction has been marked as Paid
  • When a payment due date was changed

When you have multiple projects, a three dot icon will appear on the top left corner of the screen. Pressing this icon will pop up a list of available projects for which you can view history for.

How do I adjust the tax rate for my transactions?

  1. Select the menu icon on the top left of the screen
  2. Press Settings
  3. Here you can change the name of the tax and the rate that is applied to your transactions. For example you may select “VAT” as the Tax Name and “20”(%) as the Tax Rate

How do I archive a project?

Archiving a project allows you to remove your project from day to day view, but allow you to access it later if you wish to.

  1. Click on the “Edit” Button on the top right of the project home screen
  2. You will be directed to the “Edit Project” screen
  3. Click on the red Archive button at the bottom of the screen
  4. You will be returned to the Home screen and the project will no longer be visible
  5. You can view archived projects by going to Settings and toggling the View Archived Projects option. Once you do this, Archived projects will be visible on the Home screen

How do I un-archive a project?

If you wish to reactivate a project from its archived state,

  1. Select the menu icon
  2. Select Settings
  3. Toggle the “View Archived Projects” switch to ON
  4. Return to the Home screen and the archived project should now be visible
  5. Select the Edit icon on the top right corner to edit the project. The project screen should tell you that it is archived
  6. Select the Undo icon on top right corner of the screen to Un-archive the project
  7. You will now be able to edit the project as required

How do I delete a project?

Once you have archived a project, and it is visible via Settings -> View Archived Projects.

  1. Click on the “Edit” Button on the top right of the project home screen
  2. You will be directed to the “Edit Project” screen
  3. The screen will indicate that the project has been archived
  4. Click on the red Delete button at the bottom of the screen
  5. You will be returned to the Home screen and the project will no be available

Note projects cannot be recovered once deleted, so we recommend you only archive projects so that you can view them at a later date if you wish to.

How do I add / edit / delete a contact?

You can add contacts to the application so that you have a central place to store contacts for tradespeople, suppliers etc., across your renovation projects. Note that contacts are not shared with members of your projects.

  1. Select the menu icon
  2. Select Contacts
  3. Press the “+” button on the top right of the screen
  4. You will get the option of either creating a new contact or importing an existing contact from your phone address book
  5. Select a Category for your contact to allow you to find them easily later on
  6. Enter Name, Company, Phone 1, Phone 2 and Email
  7. Enter a Rating for the contact so that you have a record of whether you have had a good experience in the past on previous projects
  8. You can also add Comments against the contact
  9. When done click on the “✓” to save your changes
  10. You will then be taken to a summary view of your contacts which you can filter by Alphabetical or Category
  11. Select the contact and then the Edit icon (top right corner) to edit their details. At this point you can also delete the contact by pressing the red Delete button at the bottom of the screen.

How do I export a list of my transactions?

We provide you the ability to export your transactions from the application.

  1. Go to the Menu icon on the top left corner of the screen
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select CSV Export
  4. This usually displays the file on your phone’s browser. Select the “Export” option on your phone to perform a variety of activities with this file including saving, emailing, printing or sending it to other applications.

How do I change my password?

  1. Select the menu icon on the top left corner of the screen
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select Change Password under User Profile
  4. Enter your new password in the New Password and Confirm New Password fields

How do I log out?

  1. Select the menu icon on the top left corner of the screen
  2. Go to Log Out
  3. You will be returned to the sign in screen of the application

How do I cancel my account?

  1. Select the menu icon on the top left corner of the screen
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select Feedback. This sends us an email and we aim to action any requests for cancellation within 48 hours. We’d appreciate if you’d let us know why you want to cancel so we can look to improving any issues with the app.

Media Information

Enter and track your renovation budget and expenses from anywhere at any time!

The founders of this app were undertaking home renovations and quickly realised that there was no easy to use mobile app where they could manage and track their project budgets. Most renovators still use spreadsheets, which were frustratingly complex, and meant that they couldn’t be shared in real-time with their spouses aka the project managers :).

They also wanted a single repository where they could store any information relevant to their renovation project such as supplier contacts, invoices, receipts, and design ideas to ensure it was a success. BudgetMyReno has the following advanced features;

Completely Flexible: Customise the categorisation of your budget and costs so that you can track them in a way that makes sense to you, or use our suggested categories. You always have access to an instant visual snapshot of how you’re tracking and can drill-down into specific areas where you may be running over.

Share: Privately share your renovation project with other users such as your partner or your project manager giving everyone a real-time view. Since the app supports multiple projects, you can share individual projects with specific users.

All in One Place: Store your tradespeople and supplier contacts, quotes, invoices, receipts, and photos for quick and easy access.

Control your Budget: Track part payments and when payments are due, so you can check the accuracy of invoices when you get them.

Audit Trail: View a full audit trail of your entire renovation budget and expense changes so you can see exactly when and how the costs changed over time, and track notes to jog your memory of project changes.

This app appeals to renovators as well as small to medium-sized property developers who manage their own renovation projects.

Contact Us if you have any questions about the app, or if you like a promo code for review. We can also set up a demo account if you want to give it a spin.

 

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

 Collection and Use of Personal Information

 Personal information is data that can be used to uniquely identify or contact a specific individual.

BudgetMyReno (“Provider“) does not collect any personal financial data, such as but not limited to income, credit card etc.

Your data stays on your device and is synced with Google Firestore for backup and enables us to share your project data with members of your project which you have approved.

Here are some examples of personal information that we collect:

  • When you create a BudgetMyReno Account, we ask you for your email address. We also allow you to add you name via Settings.
  • When using BudgetMyReno to update your project, we store data related to your project, and we keep logs of the time and IP address you used to access the service.
  • When you contact BudgetMyReno, e.g. for a support request, we may keep a record of your communication.

We use the personal information we collect to help us develop, deliver, protect, and improve our products, services, content, and customer communications. We also use it to keep you up to date on our latest product announcements and updates, and to send you important notices, e.g. about changes to our Privacy Policy.

We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve our products and services.

Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information

 Non-personal information is data that cannot be used to uniquely identify a specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. We may combine personal and non-personal information for certain purposes; this data will then be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined. Conversely, aggregated information, i.e. data that might have originated from personal information, but that has been processed in such a way as to not allow personal identification, is treated as non-personal information.

Here are some examples of non-personal information that we collect – either by ourselves or through the use of third-party services:

  • When you visit our application, we keep logs of your Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and language and date/time stamp. Currently, we also use Google Analytics to collect and process this information; please refer to the section “Google Analytics” below.
  • We may also collect the data you enter or upload to the BudgetMyReno applications and use it for the purpose of analysis and statistics.

Google Analytics

 Our application uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your device, to help the mobile application analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this application, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Purpose of the processing

The purpose of processing of your Personal Data lies mainly in setting up, functioning of the BudgetMyReno account and ensuring current or future features like e.g. server synchronization or sharing information with other users you approve. However, we may also process your Personal Data in order to improve your experience and further develop the application.

 Access to Personal Information

Your personal information is retained for as long as it is necessary in order to provide you our services, to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy or to comply with our legal obligations. After we delete or block access to information from our services or application, it will no longer be accessible to anyone; there may, however, continue to be residual copies of that data on our active servers and backup systems.

Disclosure to 3rd parties

We don’t share personal information with anyone outside of BudgetMyReno, except as required by the applicable laws. However, Personal Data may be processed for Provider by third parties, but only for the purposes specified in this Policy, on a basis of written contract and under statutory conditions.

We share personal information if disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request; to enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof; to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud or security issues; and to protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of BudgetMyReno, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.

If BudgetMyReno is involved in a reorganization, merger, or sale, the information we collect may be transferred as part of that transaction.

Sharing your data with other users of BudgetMyReno is completely under your control.

Information, correction and deletion

You hereby acknowledge that you are entitled to withdraw your consent to the processing of your Personal Data at any time, you have the right to access, correct or discard your Personal Data or remove them if misleading. Furthermore, you are entitled to contact us via email with any complaint concerning the processing of your Personal Data and, in case of dissatisfaction with the answer, consult the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Your consent to the processing of your Personal Data may only be withdrawn by sending us an email. If your consent to Personal Data processing is withdrawn, your BudgetMyReno account will be deleted.

Communication and Offers

You hereby agree that we may use the Personal Data provided by you to send commercial offers and communication with respect to BudgetMyReno, related services or services of business partners associated with BudgetMyReno.

Data security

Your Personal Data is stored and processed automatically in the electronic form on the secure servers with firewall protection and physical security measures.

However, you agree that in the future we may decide to transfer your Personal Data abroad, including outside Australia, and store it and process it with a help of cloud services provided by Google.

You acknowledge, that even though we use all standard security measures, the security of your Personal Data and other information can’t be guaranteed.

About this Privacy Policy

 Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. When we change the policy, we will post the changes on this page, and, if the policy changes in a significant way, we will also provide a prominent notice (e.g. on our website).

Contact Information

If you have any queries relating to the protection and security of your data, please contact the Provider at hello@budgetmyreno.net.