A common occurrence during the preliminary stage of renovations and extensions is the client’s unsatisfied facial expression upon handing them the quote.
“What’s this about?”, they ask, “is it gold plated or something?”. What some people fail to recognise is that home renovations can be quite an expensive option. They serve a purpose, but at a price.
You see, when renovating you have the following elements to consider:
We must preserve the existing site by installing plastic/timber sheets to walls, floors and windows to reduce the chance of damage.
We have to pull everything apart and remove all the waste material.
#3 Old to New
In many cases, existing structures have moved a lot over the years. Floors not level, walls not plumb, nothing’s ever straight. We have to amend these issues prior to installing the new materials. Often we need to replace parts of existing materials due to the structural integrity of them no longer being workable.
During a renovation or extension, we often open up walls and roof sections, leaving them susceptible to the bad weather. Therefore, we must purchase and install tarps.
You can now see that there is a lot more involved in renovating that a new build does not require and the costs reflect this. This does not mean you should rule out renovating. Just keep these things in mind, or even better, ask the builder to detail them on the quote. That way you know what you are getting and have a better chance of a positive building experience.
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