RENOVATING your house can be a great way to create your dream home, but there are a number of things to consider before you get started.
Tony Leggett, principal of RAMS Home Loan Centre Hobart, has suggested five simple steps to help ensure the process runs smoothly and you get the outcome you want.
“Renovating can be an exciting time for people, although it can also be stressful if you don’t have the right plan in place,” Mr Leggett said.
“It’s important to be clear about what you want to achieve out of the renovations and what your needs are.
“When I talk to my customers, I recommend considering these five straightforward steps to help get started.”
Set a budget: This is a crucial step and requires you to do your research and determine what type of renovations you want to carry out. Remember, big structural changes will cost you more.
Speak to your lender: After you’ve set your budget, seek advice from your lender to ensure the budget is appropriate for you and to get their advice on how best to finance.
Select an architect: A good design is crucial so while not essential for all renovations, you may want to consider hiring one. You’ll need to research a range of different architects and select the one that best suits your taste and budget. You then need to work together to create both a functional brief and an aesthetic brief.
Select a builder: A great builder makes all the difference. Do your research and speak to people for recommendations. After you’ve made a selection, check they are licensed with the relevant building authorities and ask for a list of recent projects that you can view. You need to work in partnership with both your builder and your architect to get the best out of your renovations.
Start designing: Once you have the first four steps completed you can start designing in partnership with your architect and builder. Think about what style you are after, what features you like and whether you want a theme through the house. Have fun here, as it’s an exciting time.
“Good planning takes time, so don’t rush this process,” Mr Leggett said.
“Do your research and make the right decisions first time around, it will save you time in the long run and ensure you really do get your dream home.”
For more information, visit Tony Leggett at the RAMS Home Loan Centre at 106 New Town Road, New Town, phone 6228 2033 or visit www.rams.com.au.