Expert Advice: Common Challenges to Prepare for When Renovating in Queensland

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Renovating your home can be an exciting but challenging task. If you’re living in Queensland and planning to renovate, it’s important to be aware of the common challenges that come with renovating. As a builder, I’ve seen many homeowners face similar issues during renovations. 

  1. Building Regulations

Building regulations in Queensland can be complex and confusing. You need to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from the local council and other relevant authorities before starting any renovation work. Failure to do so can lead to hefty fines or even legal action. It’s important to have a good understanding of the regulations and ensure that you comply with them. 

We recommend that you engage the services of a professional to assist you with the approval process. This could be a building certifier or a town planner. They will help you navigate the regulations and ensure that your renovation is compliant.

  1. Budgeting

One of the most significant challenges when renovating is managing your budget. Renovations can quickly become expensive, especially if you encounter unexpected problems. It is important that homeowners set aside a contingency fund to cover any unforeseen expenses.

It’s also important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your renovation and how much you’re willing to spend. Be realistic about your budget and don’t overspend on things that won’t add value to your home. Work with your builder to create a detailed budget and keep track of all your expenses.

  1. Choosing the Right Builder

Choosing the right builder for your renovation project is crucial. You want to work with someone who is reliable, experienced, and has a good track record. It’s important to do your research and check references before hiring a builder.

Be sure to choose a builder who is licensed and insured. They should also be a member of a professional association, such as the Master Builders Association. This will ensure that they adhere to a strict code of conduct and have the necessary qualifications and experience to complete your renovation.

  1. Dealing with Asbestos

If your home was built before the 1990s, there’s a high chance that it contains asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials until it was banned in Australia in 2003. Asbestos can be hazardous to your health if it’s not handled properly.

We recommend that you engage the services of a licensed asbestos removalist if you suspect that your home contains asbestos. They will safely remove the asbestos and dispose of it in accordance with the regulations.

  1. Time Management

Renovations can take longer than expected, especially if you encounter unexpected problems or delays with permits and approvals. As a builder, I always recommend that homeowners have a realistic timeline for their renovation and allow for some flexibility.

It’s also important to communicate with your builder regularly and keep track of progress. If you encounter any delays or problems, discuss them with your builder as soon as possible to avoid any further delays.

Renovating your home can be a challenging task. It’s important to be aware of the common challenges and prepare accordingly. To learn more about our services, and how we can assist you with your upcoming renovation, contact us today.