The current build-times for new houses in Perth has never been longer. The high demand has been triggered by the recent government home builder stimulation packages and our increasing population. Inflation and high demand have resulted in Perth tradies charging a lot more too. As a result, many people in Perth are choosing to purchase established houses, so that they can avoid the wait times and also avoid the risk of losing out if a home builder goes bankrupt.
If you are planning a renovation to your existing home, or a house that you are purchasing, there are a number of important things that you should consider.
1. Plan ahead
It sounds simple, but many people caught caught out by failing to set a budget and timeline for their renovation project. Get quotes and time frames from tradies if you are planning on hiring others to do the work.
2. Hire a professional
Unless you have the skills and experience to DIY, consider hiring an architect, interior designer, or builder/carpenter to help with the design and implementation of your project.
3. Make smart choices
Choose durable, low-maintenance materials that will last for years to come. For example, there are synthetic alternatives to using timber that requires staining every 12-mths on an outdoor deck.
4. Think energy-efficient
Consider making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, such as adding insulation, low-voltage LED lighting, solar panels, batteries or replacing windows for improved natural light, or double glazing for sound and insulation purposes.
4. Use lighting wisely
Good lighting can enhance the look and feel of any room, so be sure to plan for ample natural and artificial lighting.
6. Don’t skimp on storage
You can never have too much storage! Make sure to include plenty of storage space in your renovation plans, whether it’s through built-in shelving or a closet system. Storage will help to reduce visual clutter, making your home feel more spacious and tidy.
7. Invest in quality fixtures
High-quality fixtures, such as taps and hardware, can make a big impact in the look and feel of your home.
8. Be mindful of safety
Make steps to make your home safe, such as installing smoke detectors and fire-resistant materials.
9. Consider the future
Think about how your renovation plans will impact the resale value of your home, and make changes that will increase its market appeal. When it comes to resale appeal, it is generally recommended to use neutral paint colours. You can still add vibrancy and a personal touch with accessories like cushions, throw rugs, artwork and vases.