So, you’ve come to the realisation that your home is no longer big enough for your family’s lifestyle and needs,…
Do preliminary research
Being prepared before you embark on your renovation is crucial, as it leaves less room for delays and frustration down the track.
“Preparation allows you to narrow down which expert to turn to for help, so you can then focus on the less tangible, fun stuff like planning and designing,” Deb said.
“Research helps de-mystify what may initially seem to be an overwhelming process.”
Deb suggested renovators in the early stages speak to their bank or broker and arrange for a set of house plans from the local council to be sent through.
“Study the suburb profile where you live to get a sense of whether the renovation will suit,” she said.
“Knowing how your newly renovated home will suit the area you live will help safeguard your most valuable investment.”
Be realistic with budget and timeframes
With all the excitement of the renovation process, people can often forget that builders won’t immediately know the exact timeframe or costs of a project.
These are fully revealed once working through the design phase has commenced, however, experts should be able to provide some reasonable ballpark estimate from the outset, giving you a clearer indication.
“Having realistic expectations about the cost and associated timeframes will go a long way towards ensuring the entire experience is one you can be excited about,” Deb said.
If your plans require development approval from a council, this process alone could take in excess of six months before onsite works can begin.
Furthermore, Deb encouraged homeowners to check to see if it was realistic to live in your home whilst the works were underway and, if not, to factor in additional costs and time to find short-term accommodation.
“If you decide to temporarily move out during the construction phase, you’ll have plenty of time to plan ahead,” she said. “Every renovation is bespoke, with there not being a one-size-fits-all plan. Every home is as unique as the family that lives in it.”
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This article was originally published in New Homes in The West Australian on Saturday 17th July 2021.