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7 Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

10/08/2016

7 Renovation Mistake to Avoid

Tips for renovating and why Ad-built is different- This will save you money!!!!

  1. Deal with a reputable specialist in the type of work you want done. HIA and MBA will have a list of reputable members that you can contact.
  • Ad-built is a member of both the MBA and HIA and is one of the longest standing members of the HIA in the Newcastle area having been members for 29 years.
  1. Check your potential builder is the right builder for you. There are many questions you can ask prospective builders to get a sense of who you are dealing with like are they a company, partnership or a sole trader.
  • Ad-built can offer you the following and provide substantiating evidence of;
    • Over 35 years of residential construction experience.
    • Over 2500 clients.
    • Builders licence.
    • $20M public liability insurance.
    • Product and contract work insurance.
    • Eligibility for home owners warranty insurance.
  1. Do I deal with a designer or a builder? Designers specialise in the design of your renovation, but not the building of it. Builders generally speaking don’t do the design.
  • Ad-built specialises in the design and construction of your renovation as we are not only the designer but the builder. 
  1. Know your budget and don’t be afraid to say it. There is no use in designing a large extension if you can’t afford to have it built. Some designers will be able to give you an idea of cost but they are not the ones that are going to try and build it for you. Getting drawings prepared by a designer can cost quite a sum of money, and if the cost for building the design is too high, then that money is WASTED.
  • Ad-built provides a service all of our design and construct clients, where we provide design sketches and estimates with quite accurate costing at no charge until they are satisfied with the design scope and budget. This provides our clients with a RISK FREE opportunity to get a design and know what it is going to cost!!
  1. Know what you are getting for your money. There are many ways builders will price your works, quite often knowing that you will be getting prices from many others. Sometimes a price that appears low, may not be as cheap because items of work have been left out because it wasn’t clearly defined in the designers scope of works.
  • Ad-built designs and constructs. Because we are working closely with you to design your building, we are discussing the types of issues that will affect your price and making the appropriate allowances for pricing purposes. This gives you an accurate price.
  1. Do some research on the cost of products you want. There is an endless range of products available in the market for just about everything. Tiles for example can range from $20.00 per square metre to $400.00 per square metre. Toilets from $200.00 to over $1000.00. The products you select will affect the cost of your project.
  • Ad-built is able to make allowances for many of your selected products like toilets and tiles, towel rails and shower screens for pricing purposes and for contract. You are able to change any or all of these up to the time that they are needed and your price is raised or lowered accordingly. Ad-built explain how this is done during our design phase, in our contract documents and at contract signing. Another advantage Ad-built provide is that the amounts charged to you for various items as shown above are based on our purchasing price, not the retail price. This gives you extra savings on many items.
  1. Understand terms using in the building industry and how they affect you. Knowing what building terms mean is important when comparing prices and entering a contract. Some builders will use these terms to make their prices appear lower so it is important to understand what they aren’t saying.
  • Ad-built is different. We provide lump sum prices for most works including scaffolding and painting. Once we have a contract your price only changes when you want a change.
  1. Know how your contract price can vary. All contracts and prices may be done differently. This doesn’t mean that you are being ripped off but highlights the importance of understanding and knowing what you are getting for your money.
  • Ad-built clearly shows in all of our contracts how your contract price can vary. Below are some brief descriptions on how this can be done;
    • Engineering Changes: Ad-built designs and makes allowances we believe will be needed to construct your extension/ renovation. To save you money before contract we do not send this to an external engineer for certification. Once contracted we undertake this work (as a part of our contract) and where needed, increase or decrease the cost of the structural elements as certified by the engineer.
    • Provisional Sums: Ad-built makes and shows the allowances in the contract for provisional sums which include the cost of the supply and installation of that item. An example of this could be a shower screen. When our client determines the shower screen they want ( and this quite often changes once the options are presented) a price is given and increases or decreases are calculated. This information including how costs are calculated are clearly shown in our contract documents.
    • Prime cost items: Ad-built makes and shows the allowances in the contract for prime cost items which is the cost of the supply of that item. An example of this could be a toilet suite or tiles. Our labour content is already allowed for in the contract for these items. When our client determines the products they want ( and this quite often changes once the options are seen) a price is given and increases or decreases are calculated. This information including how costs are calculated are clearly shown in our contract documents.
    • Variations:  A variation is basically any change to the scope of works from the works shown in the contract documents. If a change is requested, Ad-built will provide a price to undertake the changed works (increased price, decreased price or even no change to price)  in writing that must be accepted before the variation work is undertaken. This does not mean that you have to get the work done, but rather that the price must be agreed. The contract documents clearly describe how variations are handled.