Why It’s Worth Hiring A Builder For Major Home Renovations
You have decided that you want to renovate your home. You have got a design that will suit your needs. The next decision is the big one for many Kiwis with the can-do attitude we have.
Do you do the renovations yourself or do you hire a renovation builder to do the job?
Many Kiwis have DIY in our blood, and so the temptation can be a strong one to make the plunge and do the renovations to your home yourself. But before you do make that decision, you need to bear in mind a few key factors.
What is your experience with major house renovations?
You need to be absolutely honest here.
Even if you have plenty of experience with home improvement projects, like changing doors, installing interior walls, or renovating your kitchen, with a major renovating or house extension project, there are some serious challenges that even professional builders face.
Put simply, some tasks will be too hard to handle on your own. Erecting exterior walls, making them weather-proof, installing a water-tight roof, these are just a few of the big tasks you will face with a major home renovation.
How much spare time do you have?
A major house renovation or building an extension takes a lot of time. For example, a team of four qualified tradies working all week might take three months on a house extension. If you can only work on it at weekends, or in the evenings, say 30 hours per week, your project will take a nearly 18 months to complete, assuming no big problems along the way.
Will you get insurance cover?
These days the insurance industry is becoming even more restrictive and expensive. They are insisting on renovation works being up to the current building code to get insurance cover on your home. Most building work now needs to be signed off and certificates of conformity issued. If building works do not meet the current standards, then they will decline insurance cover.
How much stress can you and your family handle?
You may have seen building renovation programmes on TV, and the huge amounts of stress and emotional turmoil that families go through in the renovation project. Even when you hire an experienced renovation builder, there will still be stressful times for you but those families you see on TV are the norm for self-renovation building works.
How flexible is your funding for your renovation project?
It is essential to understand the difference between a budget and expected expenditure. People will cost an extension or renovation project, and decide on a budget they can afford. Yet almost every house renovation project has unforeseen issues, errors, and schedule over-runs. All of these cost extra. Then there are the design changes that many people make part-way through the buildings works. These usually cost more too.
As a result, almost every major home renovations project goes over budget. Therefore, you need to have flexible or additional finance of some sort in place before you start in case you do have to call on that extra funding. This one task alone can save a huge amount of stress knowing there is something in reserve in case tings do go wrong.
But for many people, their budget is close to the limit on what they can spend. In that case you are going to want a costing that is close to the likely ultimate price so that you know with a high level of confidence that your renovations can go ahead and be completed close to your available funding.