10_Things_You_Must_Know_When_Building_or_Renovating by Andyee


10 Things You Must Know When Building or Renovating

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Discover ten of the most important things to consider before beginning any kind of renovation. Save
yourself a lot of time and money by putting in some careful planning and decision making before you start
renovating your home.

kitchen renovation, home renovation, bathroom renovation, plumbing supplies

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<p>There are many sad cases of home renovations not going as planned - often going way over budget or
schedule, or unforseen complications popping up unexpectedly and ruining even up to years of work.</p>

<p>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 it is vital to think about before you
begin your home renovation.</p>

<p><b>10 Things to Think About BEFORE Beginning Work</b></p>

<li>Prepare a budget</li>
<li>Be aware of council regulations</li>
<li>Find a tradesperson </li>
<li>Know your start and completion dates</li>
<li>Selecting Products </li>
<li>Prepare plans </li>
<li>Purchasing products </li>
<li>What should I purchase myself? </li>
<li>What services are available to my property?</li>
<li>What sort of hot water unit do I need?</li>

<p><b>Prepare a budget</b><br>
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 finance solutions for approved customers. </p>

<p><b>Be aware of council regulations</b><br>
Find out all the information you can before you arrange tradesperson. If your home is heritage listed you
will need to meet strict council regulations. Many renovations must be approved by the council before work
can commence. Contact your local council for more details. </p>

<p><b>Finding a tradesperson</b><br>
Speak with family and friends who have done renovations or built a home. It is important to find a
tradesperson that you can communicate with. Make sure you understand everything they are telling you.
Book a tradesperson well ahead of time, as they can be booked for months in advance. Ensure that your
tradesperson is licensed. Your product warranties are only valid if installed by a licensed tradesperson. In
Australia, Trades@call provide professional, reliable tradespeople for most jobs, and all workmanship is
guaranteed. </p>

<p><b>Know your start and completion dates</b><br>
Communicate with your tradesperson and come to an agreement of realistic start and completion dates for
your project. If you have a specific date that the job must be finished by, for example you have relatives
coming to stay, let your tradesperson know. Keep in mind that unexpected problems can hold up your
project, no matter how well you have planned it. </p>

<p><b>Selecting Products</b><br>
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 print or online catalogue. Once you have decided on a style
(modern, heritage or easy living) this will narrow down your product choices. Be aware of any size
restrictions of the room. Print out or write down product specifications and measure up your bathroom. You
may use the online bathroom planner at the Bourne Bathroom and Kitchen Centre website to layout the
products you have chosen.</p>

<p>Talk to your tradesperson about your choices. If the tradesperson 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.</p>

<p><b>Prepare plans</b><br>
It is important that you draw up plans of your bathroom or kitchen. Discuss the plans with your
tradesperson. Let him know what sort of products you would like, so he will know what work needs to be
done. For example if you have chosen an inwall cistern, the tradesperson will need to know so he can set up
the plumbing correctly before the tiling is done. It is best to have specifications of all of the products you
have chosen so the tradesperson knows exactly what work is required.</p>
<p><b>Purchasing products</b><br>
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
tradesperson before ordering. Find out from your tradesperson which products they will required first.
Generally, the first products needed are the shower base, bath or spa and mixers if they are being installed
on the wall. </p>

<p><b>As an owner builder, what should I purchase myself?</b><br>
If you are owner building, make sure you purchase all of the main products for your bathroom, kitchen and
laundry. This will ensure that you make all of the decisions and achieve the result you want. There will be
things you will not think about when placing an order, such as different handle types on a vanity unit, the
pump position of your spa, that you will need to decide on. It is important to make these decisions yourself
as they will affect the overall result of your project. Smaller fittings for plumbing can be purchased by your

<p><b>What services are available to my property?</b><br>
It is important 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 tradesperson 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. </p>

<p><b>What sort of Hot Water Unit do I need?</b><br>
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 tradesperson. 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. See the Bourne Hot Water Selection Guide for more detail.</p>

<p>Many of these points seem somewhat obvious, but the problem arises 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.</p>

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