IELTS GT Task 1 July 2017: Home Renovation.

home renovation IELTS PTE

You recently did a home renovation. Write a letter to your friend and suggest to use your tradesman if he/she needs one. In your letter

– Tell your friend about the renovation
– Recommend your tradesman
– Explain why this is a good idea.

20 minutes, 150 words at least.


Dear Paul,

I just learned from your wife that you are planning home renovation sometime soon. I recently reconstructed a portion of my old house and can give you a few useful tips and recommendations. (Introduction)

Renovating a home is not an easy task. Firstly, keep your budget in mind and plan the activities. Since your house is quite old, I think you will plan to internally and externally repaint it along with some plumbing and flooring job. Material and labor rates of these items can vary considerably with time and location, I will recommend taking rates from at least two contractors before awarding the job. (About renovation)

Let me help you with a recommendation. Albert, a tradesman who has a team of painters, plumbers, electricians, and laborers, completed my home on time and within budget. His prices are extremely reasonable, and he takes every job very seriously. I am satisfied with his work. I am sure you will be satisfied too. (Recommendation and why this is a good idea.)

Looking forward to your response,


163 words.


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