Home renovations are exceedingly popular in the Perth area. The proliferation of home renovation shows on cable TV has made them even more popular in the last ten years. However, there are three important things you must know before you start any home renovation project. Here they are.
Permits and Paperwork
For most projects, your local council will require a Development Application (DA). Smaller projects may not need any paperwork, but you should always check with your council first. It is much better to check and make sure you are operating within the law. Some councils even require a permit to fix your roof or paint the outside of your home.
Not only do you need your council’s approval, there are often other factors that come into play. Your home could be subject to body corporate requirements or estate covenants. It could be subject to heritage regulations. Energy-saving and water-saving regulations may come into play. In some cases, your plans may not be up to the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
Stay on a Budget
It is crucial that you know how much you are going to spend before you start your project. Your Home, an Australian Government initiative, recommends that you add 5-10% onto your budget for “surprises.”
Hire a Professional for Home Extensions or Second Storey Additions
Unless you are a professional builder or project manager, you should always hire professional builders for larger projects. Professionals know what needs to be done, how much it is going to cost and how long it is going to take. They know what equipment is going to be needed and the quantity of building materials that will be used.
Most of all, professionals know how to do projects such as home extensions and second storey additions without damaging the structural integrity of your home. They also get it done faster and with less intrusion to your lifestyle than you can.
To learn more, call Next Level Extensions today: 1300 948 094.