Frequently Asked Questions
Full renovations that will typically include:
- Re-cladding and re-roofing
- New or upgraded kitchens and bathrooms.
- Remodelling the inside of your home by moving, removing or inserting new walls.
- Decks and fences.
Step 1Write down a list of what the end result should include. The more detail, the better. This will help you in determining an estimated cost for your renovation and possible ways to do the, for example. You might have to do the renovation in stages.
Step 2Gather ideas and designs, collected from the internet, printed media or visit show homes and newly renovated homes for ideas. All these thoughts should be carefully collected and considered until you find your dream. Remember any building project is a costly investment; therefore, you want to be sure about your final goal, so don’t rush your final decision.
Step 3The next step is to measure and record spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, etc.) that is to your liking. Measure these areas to help you understand and visualise actual dimensions when you do your planning. Compare these designs and measurements with your current situation to get a rough idea of the changes that need to be done to achieve your dream.
Step 4If you plan to extend to your house or remove walls, windows and doors, draw them out on paper to help you get a better understanding of the influence such changes would have. The chances are that if you want to do this, you will need a building consent for the renovation. As preparation for your building consent, your renovation should be professionally measured and drawn by an LBP architect or draftsman.
Step 5Prepare a list of questions for your selected architect, interior designer and professional builder. Having a clear understanding between you and your professional team will help you achieve your goal in a stress-free and cheapest possible cost effective way.
The process, as mentioned above, of collecting information and ideas, can save you money during the design process. By providing designers, architects and professional builders with specific ideas you save thousands of dollars that can be spent on the actual renovation instead of paying for ideas and repeatedly redrawn concept designs or plans that will eventually match your dreams.
Also, you might find areas that you could DIY. Check these areas with your professional builder to ensure a stress-free outcome while saving on the expenses.
Be realistic about your budget and schedule while you make sure you understand each step of the process and the cost involved. By doing this, you can control your budget and identify areas where you can save money.
When selecting appliances, make sure the model will be available when the renovation is completed. List all the appliances and furniture you intend to have in your newly renovated home. Have the model numbers and sizes available for the architect and professional builder to make sure they will fit where they need to go.
As part of our detailed planning process to establish the work program, we will identify periods that may require you to vacate your house. We will advise you and discuss your options before we finalise the work program and any paperwork that you need to sign before the renovation starts.
Because family circumstances of ever family differ and no 2 renovation projects are the same, we develop a specific “Health and Safety Plan” for each individual project. While considering your needs, the “Health and Safety Plan” should be developed in conjunction with the “Working Program”, to keep your day as undisturbed as possible during the renovation.
- Loss of deposit
- Extra costs to complete the dwelling
- Structural defects for 10 years including weather tightness
- Non-structural defects for 10 years
- Alternative accommodation requirements
NB: To be covered, Documentation must be completed with NEDS Projects Ltd and submitted to the insurer before construction starts. Confirmation of cover being in place is the receipt of your Halo 10 Year Residential Guarantee Policy Schedule.
Make sure you know from the outset how much your home improvement is going to cost and how long it will take. It is strongly advised that you make use of a professional builder who will provide you with an accurate, detailed, and qualified fixed price, a complete specification document together with a "Work Program" for your renovation. Depending on the size of the project, this document is generally between 16 and 30 pages. This will ensure that there are no nasty surprises or any hidden extras and costs along the way leading to budget overruns.
The more PC Sums in a quote, the less time was spent in the preparation of your projects and this can lead to a very stressful project, with major budget blowouts. However, a professional builder will spend time with you, and on your project, to eliminate surprises and provide you with a detailed and qualified quote. This will limit PC Sums to the minimum and motivate the areas where it is required. NEDS Projects prefer that all possible decisions, and selections, are made prior to a contract being signed, in an attempt to eliminate PC Sums entirely.
As experienced renovation specialists, we understand how to deal with these issues most efficiently and cost-effectively possible. Our quotes will clearly identify any uncertainties. When we present you with our proposal, we will highlight all issues and the potential implications as well as the options for dealing with them. It is a reality that we could uncover further issues during the actual construction period. Once again, we will liaise with you to explain and present you with options and cost implications. As a company it is our policy for you to sign off on any variation before we act. This is done to ensure you feel comfortable and are well informed before we proceed.
All invoices presented to you should mirror:
- What has been agreed upon in the contract
- Variations approved by you
- Represent the work that has been completed.
- If you are renovating to sell and get a good return on your investment, you should talk to real estate agents to get a feel for the market and to help you determine how much, and where you should spend money. Typically, an area of focus would be on a cheaper bathroom and kitchen renovation and a coat of paint. [Quotes and] work done by a professional builder will help you maximize your returns on the investment.
- If you want to renovate to improve the quality lifestyle and living conditions of your family while increasing the value of your home, it is a different matter. You will be renovating to future proof your home while you enjoy the neighbourhood and its many advantages. There are many things to consider here, and it would be best to talk to a professional builder to explain and guide you through all the options to make sure you achieve your hopes and dreams for your home.
The chances are that you will need both an LBP to do the design work (Architect or Draftsman), and an LBP (Professional Builder) to supervise, or carry out the work, if the required building or renovation work is considered as critical to the integrity of your home, and will have a direct impact on the safety of the occupants. This will include things such as ensuring that your home stays structurally sound and watertight.
Here is a short list of work that would typically be regarded as RBW. Any structural building work, including new buildings, additions, alterations, re-piling and demolitions, removing or moving load-bearing, or brace, walls.
- Sheds with a floor area of greater than 10 square meters.
- Relocating a building
- Plumbing and drainage excluding maintenance work to existing plumbing and drainage
- Heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Siteworks for a building:
- Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres.
- Retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top.
- Fences taller than 2.4 metres and any swimming pool fence.
- Swimming pools.
- Decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level.
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