Love Your Location But Not Your Home? You live in a great location, good school for your children, your favourite shops and you are right around the corner from all your friends and family. But your current home is just not meeting your needs or aspirations anymore. The thought of selling and buying a new home in a completely different location is just not up for debate and carries its own set of associated costs. What are your options? You are faced with choosing between renovating your current home or doing a knockdown / rebuild. You are not alone, this is an increasingly common choice facing Melbourne homeowners. To help you figure out which would be the best option for you, we have put together some of the factors you need to consider. Renovating Renovating is often seen as the cheaper and easier option. It is, for smaller projects. If all you need to do is upgrade the kitchen, remove a wall or two to create an open living area and replace floor coverings then the total project cost will be a lot less than building from scratch. However, the reality is that renovating costs more per square metre than building new. This means that for extensive renovations, aimed at creating your dream vision of how you want to live, the cost equation might not be so clear cut. For a start, with extensive renovation projects a major cost is demolition, repair and refurbishment. A renovation demolition takes careful disassembly and manual demolition which takes longer and incurs a greater cost. In addition, every wall, cupboard and door that is retained requires repair and refurbishment to bring it up to a modern standard. Ask yourself why would you want to use a large portion of your budget removing and repairing items than custom building them? Another cost factor to consider with renovation is the reality of unforeseen costs and delays. Some renovation costs just can’t be identified or anticipated before work begins. Footings that need reinforcement or underpinned; rewiring or replumbing of the older parts of the house or flooring that need to be completely replaced all add extra cost and time to the project. Lastly and importantly, a renovation means you will need to compromise the design of your home. The ideal design you have in your mind must be changed and modified to fit in with the existing structure. Some key feature that you may want and could achieve with a new build may just not be possible with a renovation. Knockdown/Rebuild One of the obvious benefits of a knock down/rebuild is being able to stay where you are, but in a beautiful new home with all the modern design and features you would want. Your design does not need to be compromised, all the layout and features that you dream about in a new home can be achieved. With a knockdown/rebuild demolition is relatively quick and easy and occurs as one operation after which construction of your […]
So, you have purchased the land, got your permit and found your builder for the project you are about to commence. What is next before commencing the building phase? Well, you need to have a pre-construction meeting with your builder. It is an essential step to take because without a formal meeting neither side can fully understand the project. Establishing an overall strong relationship with your builder will benefit all throughout the construction process. What should I expect from the pre-construction meeting? Your builder is well versed in the sectors they work in and are familiar with the issues that may arise. An accomplished builder ought to have no issues guiding you through the building project and answering your related questions. A meeting with your builder allows you to take a complete tour of your new project. It is precisely this time when you might want to make some changes or come up with new ideas in regards to your project. You can also go through the contract again and ask specific questions if you aren’t clear on a particular point. In addition, it is the perfect time to choose a starting date for your construction manager to start building. A starting date must be suitable for both parties and it could be arranged during the meeting. During this meeting, you will review all the technical and administrative elements of the construction. This includes a complete review of the construction plan. Together with your builder, you can review the electrical plan (placement of switches, sockets, circuit breaker and etc.) placing of the water heater and plumbing structure in general. You can choose the colours, cupboards, floor boards, plastering, roofing and anything else you would like to discuss. To be prepared for the meeting you need to think about everything about your project and take notes of the important things you want to ask or bring up. You need to have a clear image of your entire project in your mind to be able to express it to the builders. Builders will appreciate as much information as you can give them because at the end of the day, they want to deliver a high-quality project to their customers and it is not possible without knowing what the customer wants. Two of the greatest factors in any project are time and budget. Having an idea of your financial plan and time period you’re happy with will help you plan things more efficiently. The final phase of a pre-construction meeting would be finalizing the contract. Once the contract is signed by both sides, it is safe to say that you are halfway to project completion. Before signing the contract, make sure you have read it thoroughly. If you want to change some points make sure to discuss it with the builder.
There can be a lot of opposing interests when it comes to the construction industry. Clients want projects built to suit their needs. Construction companies must balance budgets with quality work to deliver on the promises they made. The heart of the whole construction process should be the safety of everyone involved. Making work sites safe Work sites can be quite dangerous with heavy machinery and lots of people trying to get their job done there is always a chance of serious injury, not only for workers, but site visitors as well. Project managers and subcontractors visit construction sites regularly. They need to be familiar with the equipment and heavy machinery in use. Working at heights can be especially dangerous and care needs to be taken at all times. Before any worker can set foot on a construction site, he or she must be fully aware of the possible hazards. Ignorant workers are perhaps the biggest dangers in any industry, as their unknowing mistakes put everyone else at risk. Every person that steps foot onto a construction site should be aware of the risks associated with the job and how to prevent them with their knowledge of construction site safety. It is the construction managers job to make sure that every worker is aware of the dangers that come with working on a construction site and they must protect workers from these dangers. Providing Training One thing that can help everybody avoid major accidents on any building site is proper training. Workers on construction sites should have a solid understanding of the work taking place around them. If workers know when high risk work is being carried out, they can keep an eye out for the potential risks. Safety Communication As well as harm caused to the injured person, unsafe activity can end up costing valuable time and money which in turn ruins carefully planned budgets and schedules. Safety professionals are vital to any construction project and play a critical role in communicating and ensuring all health and safety regulations are followed by both visitors and workers, and to make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day. There is no excuse for poor safety practices on a construction site. Whilst efficiency and production are important, health and safety of everyone involved should take priority. Direct communication of the day’s goals and activities will cut down on surprises that could cause bodily harm. Without proper communication between everyone on the construction site, workers won’t know what to expect. Clear and concise communication with everyone not only makes the project go smoother but also helps keep each person informed and safe.
21st Australian Property Expo is here in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 25th-26th May, 2019. The expo provides amazing deals, expert advice and exclusive offers on investment opportunities. With over 100+ booths, you will surely find something that interests you. Although Pulis Constructions won’t be exhibiting, we would love an opportunity to meet with you and build relations. Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0429 192 529 to schedule an appointment.
Thinking about a land and house package? House refurbishing? Building a house on an empty lot? There can be soo many decisions that need to be made when you finalised that a house needs to be built. With so many companies in the market, it can become very complex, some companies even offer 1/3 cost of free material and goods. All this can be extremely overwhelming but don’t worry, here are a few things that can help make your decision easier. 1. Cost – Always have a budget, remember you can always add things to your house at a later stage. Keep in mind the quality and service of the company as you compare them with other developers. 2. Experience – See previous projects delivered by the company you are interested in, their past work will give you the confidence and help make things easier. 3.Plan -Be clear about what you want however be open to opinion because they might have better ideas. 4. Customer Relations – Most importantly you need a company that takes interest in your dream not see it as another project. Remember to give yourself time to find the right contractor and always be open to ideas.