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HOME IDEAS EXPO JUNE 26-27, 2010
This Saturday & Sunday
26th - 27th June
10am to 4pm
Thinking about renovating your home?
Here is a quick checklist for things to
prepare for when renovating. For more
tips visit the HIA Home Ideas Centre to
speak with the experts.
1. Know what you want. What does
the work entail? How will it be done and
by whom? How will it affect your day-
to-day living arrangements? Should you
consider moving out? What if you have
questions or want to make changes?
2. Set a realistic budget. Decide
as early as possible how much money
you want to spend -- this allows you and
your builder to focus on the work that is
achievable within that budget. Sit down
with your lender and discuss the amount
you can reasonably afford and the most
suitable financing options.
3. Plan for the long term. Thinking
ahead avoids short-term renovations
that may need to be redone in future.
Professional builders can conduct a
thorough inspection of your home and
offer suggestions for the most effective
sequencing of work over a period of time.
4. Go for quality. Don't jeopardise
the quality of your renovation by
compromising on the quality of products
or materials. If it's worth doing, it's worth
doing well, and that means using products
that offer the right combination of
performance, durability and aesthetics.
5. Don't choose a builder on price
alone. Does the builder understand
what's involved in your project and have
the necessary experience? Will the builder
offer a warranty on the work? Will the
builder still be in business if you need to
6. Take an active role throughout
the project. A good renovation builder
provides regular, if not daily, updates
and is easy to get hold of if you have
questions or concerns. You should be
prepared to spend time going over
drawings, monitoring the progress of your
project, and discussing decisions with
7. Protect yourself with a HIA
contract. A written HIA contract spells
out the arrangements between you
and your builder and describes your
renovation in detail.
8. Carefully check out the
company. Before you enter into any
kind of agreement, do some checks on the
company. Check with your state licensing
body to ensure the company has the
necessary licences or registrations and
whether anyone has lodged a complaint
against the company. Ask a builder a lot
of questions when you meet. Talk with
their previous customers. Visit past or
current projects. The Housing Industry
Association has more than 35,000
members who abide by a code of conduct.
HIA members can coordinate all aspects
of your project -- permits, materials, trade
contractors, supervision and inspections.
9. Consider going green. Consider
the energy and water use of your home
and opportunities to make savings for
the environment and your bills. HIA
GreenSmart professionals can advise
you about options to include in your
renovation ranging for the right toilet
suite, to the way your home uses energy.
10. Plan ahead for your finishes.
Typically, homeowners are responsible
for choosing cabinets, flooring, tiles,
fixtures and the many other finishes that
will complete the job. Set aside plenty of
time and begin early -- in some markets,
there may be a significant delay for
Finally, a caution -- there is no way of
completely avoiding the dust, the dirt
and the inconvenience that comes from a
home renovation. But remember when it's
all said and done, the pleasure of living in
your newly renovated home will be worth
it, if you take time to think first and make
it what you really want.
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