YOUR RENOVATION GUIDE
To help make your renovation process easier, we've put together a comprehensive planning guide designed to help you save time, headache and avoid unnecessary expenses.
1. GETTING STARTED
Understand your goals which could include: increase living space, modernise home, preparation for sale.
If renovating more than one area of your home, decide which space you will tackle first: Kitchen, Bathroom, Outdoors.
Consider construction limitations based on land size, heritage listings, zoning.
Start decluttering and considering storage options for space being renovated.
2. DESIGN & FEATURE PLANNING
Utilise online services such as APPS, Pinterest and architectural/home design magazines for inspiration on the design style which is right for you.
Consider the timeless benefit of opting for neutral-coloured fixtures and leave the flamboyant colours to décor & accessories, which are easily interchangeable.
List space saver options including vertical gardens and utilising attic space.
3. STRUCTURAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS
Start by contacting your local council to confirm the policies, procedures and associated fees for your development plan.
Do you need to enlist the services of an architect?
For major renovations, a structural engineer might be essential.
Do you need to get a conveyancer involved?
Establish schedule of works for each contractor
Depending on the size of your project, is it worth getting a project manager involved?
Consider if you need to hire an electrician or other service providers
4. BUDGET MANAGEMENT
Add agreed quote amounts.
Arrange finances where required.
Factor additional costs such as storage, rubbish removal, rental costs.
Include a "unexpected costs" safety net to your plan. Examples are;
a) Weather delays which could cost you added rental costs if you are unable to occupy your home during construction works, or the discovery of hidden problems during construction.
b) Will you need to pay; Long service leave levy? Building certifiers? Council Development contributions.
c) If you live on a main road, do you need to pay for road closures?
5. SMART MONEY PLANNING
For projects where you purchase items such as tiles, sinks and vanities, locate wholesalers who sell direct to public, auction opportunities and search for bargain sales. Quality doesn’t always have to cost top dollar.
Re-using old bricks or timber beams is a great way to preserve the historical aspect of homes and save money.
6. QUOTE TIPS
Ensure your contractor is licensed (NSW property owners can check this via (Fair Trading NSW).
Does the contractor have adequate insurance coverage (obtain copies, check insurance value and expiry date)?
Search Google reviews and other review sites to see what other customers have had to say. How long have they been in business?
Ensure the quote includes all site preparation costs and removal of job-related debris.
Read the fine print - if your quote is only valid for 2 months, does the fine print detail a price increase after this period, or will you need a renewed written quote?
Payments. Obtain a written outline of when payments are expected at each stage of your project.
Request an itemised list of inclusions. For example, if getting a driveway installed.
Are side paths and stairs part of your agreed install?
Design inclusions: colour, finish (stamped, brush, aggregate, polish)
Before project works commence obtain workmanship warranties in writing.
If your builder/ contractor is installing appliances, confirm brand and warranty period for big ticket items and if there is an option to extend the warranty period.
8. PROJECT TIME MANAGEMENT
Establish a reasonable estimated completion timeframe with trade persons and obtain it in writing.
Have a delays backup plan for one bathroom and kitchen homes, or households renting during construction works.
9. MANAGE YOUR PAPERWORK
Invest in a filing folder to be able to store and easily access project documents.
Create a list of what you need to do at each stage of your project – remember to include: “Obtain Copies of Appliance Warranties” and certifications.
10. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Where relevant, give builders a copy of underground utilities such as power lines and water pipes to avoid dangerous and expensive mistakes.
Ensure you’ve adequately researched all pre-planning steps for your specific renovation project.
Consider if utilities will be turned off during construction and for what time-period
Keep a good line of communication with your builder/contractor
Take before and after photos
If you need storage space while renovating, for those who have room, a shed might be a good long-term investment.
If having a single bathroom household or kitchen renovated, consider interim living arrangements.
Ideally, start with construction work inside and work your way out... this will help avoid damage for example from heavy vehicles on newly laid driveways.
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