Paddington ApartmentModern Living Room, Sydney
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Deal with asbestos properlyWhether you are renovating or knocking down to re-build, asbestos is an important consideration, particularly in terms of associated costs for removal and of course the health of your family. Either way you will need to have an assessment completed by a licensed assessor, to determine the presence of asbestos and arrange the subsequent removal if need be. This is not something you should leave until you are ready to start building, as the costs for dealing with asbestos can be significant. Firstly, the cost of removal can easily be several thousand dollars due to the specialised method in which it must be done, and the cost of dumping it. Secondly, if asbestos elements of the house are to be removed for replacement, like ceiling lining for example, there will be an additional cost in replacing and repainting that ceiling. Make sure that asbestos assessment has been dealt with during the quoting process of your project, so that it can accurately be incorporated into your costs and also not impact upon your health.
7. Be informed and have patienceYour architect, building designer or you yourself can lodge the development application with the council before building commences. Patience is a virtue since councils are notoriously slow, and if complaints are lodged, you may have to attend council meetings. Once the paperwork is cleared, the building can commence.“A client should relax and enjoy the journey,” says Weston. “If you are working with a good architect, they will have established a great team of people to build the project. They will keep you fully informed during the construction phase and notify you of any unforeseen developments. After all, that’s what you are paying them to do!”
If you are living on site during the project, expect mess, noise and inconvenience, and don’t complain about it when it happens. Look at it as a means to a beautiful end. Hone your sense of perspective and try to put problems in proportion.
2. How have you dealt with demolition costs?If you are extending or renovating, there will be some level of demolition involved in your project. Demolition is another cost that might be included in a quote as a provisional sum and is subject to change. It is important that the costs associated with demolition are clearly set out in the builder’s quote, so you can understand the full costs of the demolition. Ideally, the demolition should be included in the quote and not as a provisional sum.If the builder has nominated a provisional sum, you should ensure you understand how much has been allocated for demolition works. Then, by comparing the allowances of each builder, you will know which builder has been more generous with his allowance, which therefore reduces the risk and severity of cost increases.
By minimising demolition, you will not only save on the high costs of dismantling the home, but you will also avoid many of the knock-on costs of demolition, such as repair and make-good work, and the ultimate budget killer, structural changes and remediation. That isn’t to say that demolition should be avoided at all costs. In some circumstances the removal of an internal wall may be what makes the whole project work. If demolition creates a significantly better result, then you will be left with no option.