Consider the weather when planning exterior work, lost time due to bad weather is often a loss you must adsorb.
Spring and Autumn are the unsettled seasons, and although you can have exterior work done on your property, it could cost you more time, money or both.
Work done on a steep site will cost more
After about 5degrees of slope, the percentage cost of Ground Works, Construction Work and Finishing Work, changes significantly. As the site increases in slope, so to does the proportion of project cost absorbed by the cost of ground works. So from an a relatively even one third split, the project costs on a steep site look more like the below diagram.
Spending some time figuring out the best place to put a new window, room or kitchen can be the difference between a good renovation and a great one.
Spending money on a new extension, or bathroom, may not be the best idea if your roof needs replacing or your piles need stabilising. You could end-up spending good money after bad.
Exterior before interior - Make a list of the maintenance work that’s required and add it to your renovation project.
Site access affects the cost of renovating, taking down the neighbours fence and fixing their lawn.
Hand digging the footings because there’s no way to get in a digger.
Take the time to get to know your neighbours. Spending your hard earned cash on creating a great home, may become upsetting when you find out there’s a brothel next door.
When planning a large alteration to your home, consider moving to a rental. This also ensures you avoid the noise and disruption to your, and your families, daily life.
Clearing the proposed work site, before work starts can save you money. This is because once it becomes a construction site, OSH regulations prevent you from doing so.
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