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8 Things You Must Know When Building or Renovating

8 Things You Must Know When Building or Renovating

There are many sad cases of home renovations not going as planned - often going way over budget or schedule, with unforeseen complications popping up.  

Most of these situations would never have gone so awry with some careful planning and early decision making, sooner in the renovation process.

Below are a few issues that are vital to think about before you begin your home renovation.

8 Things to Think About BEFORE Beginning Work

  • Prepare a Budget
  • Find a Contractor
  • Know your start and completion dates
  • Selecting Products
  • Prepare plans
  • Purchasing products
  • What services are available to my property?
  • What sort of hot water unit do I need?

Prepare a budget

Before you start shopping for your new bathroom or kitchen, you must know your spending limits. Whether you are getting a loan or paying cash, you need to work out how much your project is going to cost. Some businesses also offer financing solutions for approved customers.

Finding a Contractor

Make sure you know where to look when searching for a reputable contractor or tradesman. It is important to find a contractor that you can communicate with. Make sure you understand everything they are telling you. Book a contractor well ahead of time, as they can be booked for months in advance. Ensure that your tradesman is licensed. Your product warranties are only valid if installed by a licensed tradesman. 

Know Your Start and Completion Dates

Communicate with your contractor and come to an agreement on realistic start and completion dates for your project. If you have a specific date that the job must be finished by, let your contractor know. Keep in mind that unexpected problems can hold up your project, no matter how well you have planned it.

Selecting Products

It may take a few shopping trips for you to decide on the products that give you the look you desire and are also practical for your needs. Browse through a few catalogs or websites to get a wide variety of options to choose from. Once you have decided on a style (modern, heritage, or easy living) you can narrow down your product choices. Be aware of any size restrictions of the area you have to work with. Print out or write down product specifications. 

Talk to your contractor about your choices. If the contractor tells you that a product you have chosen is unsuitable, find out why. It may just be that extra work is required that they don't want to do. Remember, it is your home and you need to be satisfied once the job is complete.

Prepare plans

It is important that you draw up plans of your build or renovation. Discuss the plans with your contractor. Let him know what sort of products you would like, so he will know what work needs to be done.  It is best to have specifications of all of the products you have chosen so the contractor knows exactly what work is required.

Purchasing products

When selecting products, find out how long it will take for delivery. Some goods such as tapware and toilets will be in stock, while others such as spas and vanity units are custom made and can take up to 1 month to order in. Often these custom made products are non-refundable, so confirm your product choices with your contractor before ordering. Find out from your contractor which products they will required first. 

What services are available to my property?

It's very important to know what utility services are available to your property, before starting renovations.  You'll need to know whether you need gas or electric appliances (hot water unit, cooking appliances). If you live further out from the city, you may need LPG appliances.

If you currently have electric appliances and you want to change to gas, speak with your contractor to determine if this is going to be cost effective and worthwhile in the long run. If you are building a new home, decide on the appliances you want before building begins, as the plumbing will need to be roughed in based on your product selection.

What sort of Hot Water Unit do I need?

There is a wide range of hot water units available, and it can be quite daunting to try and choose one. If you are replacing an existing unit, your choices can be limited, so speak with your contractor. The instantaneous hot water units are popular at the moment, but they use a larger gas line than the standard storage units. This can mean major plumbing changes, which can be quite costly, though in the long run the instantaneous systems are cost efficient. 

Many of these points seem somewhat obvious, but the problems arise when you start taking things for granted. When you don't make sure that all your bases are covered, you may find that you have invested a lot of time, effort, and money in a home renovation that you may end up unhappy with.