Renovating FAQs

Extending your home comes with a lot of questions. Need some answers?

Where can you go for free advice these days? The Internet gives a lot of information but you need the time to search for it and find the tips and advice that is relevant to what you’re after.

If you want some really useful and valuable advice now about adding an extension to your home, download our free report and have a read. The information is generic however it answers most of the questions you may have before making the decision to extend your home.

We realise that your home is unique and you might also like some personalised information and advice tailored to your situation. We don’t charge for your first consultation and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Here are some questions we often find people asking us…

Why improve your existing home?

Most people come to a point where their home no longer suits their needs. You may be tired of the layout of the house; you may have outgrown the home or simply want to update the Kitchen or Bathroom.

You find you love the location of your house, your family and friends live nearby, you’re children are happy at school or you don’t want to leave those memories of family growing up behind.

Extending your existing home allows you to create your dream without moving and resettling the family in a new neighbourhood. It enables you to design a home to exactly suit your needs.

You could save thousands of dollars extending rather than changing address. There’s the cost of removalists, stamp duty, real estate agent fees and bank fees not to mention the countless hours you could spend trying to find the perfect home in the right street.

How do I set a budget?

Don’t spend more on the project then what it will return when it’s time to sell. Try to compare the cost of your home with similar homes in your area to establish your selling price, with homes in your area that have all the features you are looking to improve, add the cost of agents fees, stamp duty, removalists and bank fees and that should give you a starting budget.

How to choose reputable builder?

Look for a builder that offers personalised service and has low job numbers for each building supervisor.
Ask for a fixed price contract so you know exactly what is included.

Check the builder’s client references, try and speak to clients the builder has recently completed work for, try and see their work first hand.

Select a builder that will check your home before giving you a price to keep a lid on costs and one that will finish on time and let your life get back to normal.

What approvals do I need?

All structural changes to your home require approvals. Approvals consist of planning and building approvals at your local authority, water authority approval and surveyor and engineer drawings and inspections. All approvals should be included in your fixed price contract.

How long is the construction time of the extension?

Make sure your builder gives you start and completion dates.

As every home extension is different it is suggested that you discuss times on site with your builder.

Is my house capable of supporting a second storey extension?

Almost all homes are capable of taking the loads of a second storey extension. It is advisable that an independent engineer inspect your home prior to construction to confirm your home is capable of supporting new loads imposed. The builder will generally arrange for this inspection.

Should I move out of home during the extensions?

It is generally not required to move out of your home during an extension. Your builder should be able to provide you with a temporary hot water unit, cooking and bathing facilities if required.

With second storey extensions there is minimal disruption to your life until the end of the project when the staircase is installed. For ground floor extensions temporary walls are put in place to minimise dust and disruption to your life.