Thinking of a Home Renovation but undecided? Let us talk about the benefits of Renovating

In the realm of homeownership, the concept of home renovations holds a significant allure. Beyond just aesthetics, renovating your home can bring forth a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond mere visual appeal. From improving functionality to enhancing property value, the advantages of home renovations are vast and varied. Let’s delve into this transformative journey and explore the myriad benefits that come with revitalizing your living space.

  1. Increased Property Value: One of the most palpable benefits of home renovations is the potential to boost your property’s market value. Whether it’s updating the kitchen, revamping the bathroom, or adding extra living space, strategic renovations can significantly increase the resale value of your home. Prospective buyers are often willing to pay a premium for modernized, well-maintained properties, making renovations a smart investment in the long run.
  2. Enhanced Comfort and Functionality: Renovations offer the opportunity to tailor your living space to suit your specific needs and lifestyle preferences. By optimizing layouts, improving storage solutions, and upgrading fixtures, you can enhance the functionality and comfort of your home. From creating an open-concept living area to installing energy-efficient appliances, renovations empower you to customize your space for maximum convenience and enjoyment.
  3. Energy Efficiency: In an era increasingly focused on sustainability, energy-efficient renovations have gained considerable traction. Upgrading insulation, installing energy-efficient windows, and investing in eco-friendly appliances can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. Not only do these renovations contribute to a greener environment, but they also offer long-term cost savings, making them a win-win proposition for homeowners.
  4. Personalization and Style: Your home is a reflection of your personality and taste, and renovations provide the perfect opportunity for personalization. Whether you prefer a contemporary aesthetic or a more traditional ambiance, renovating allows you to infuse your space with your unique style and flair. From selecting color palettes to choosing materials and finishes, the possibilities for customization are virtually limitless, enabling you to create a home that truly resonates with your sensibilities.
  5. Improved Quality of Life: Beyond tangible benefits, home renovations can also have a profound impact on your overall quality of life. A well-designed, aesthetically pleasing environment can uplift mood, reduce stress, and foster a greater sense of well-being. Whether it’s a cozy reading nook, a serene outdoor retreat, or a luxurious spa-like bathroom, renovations enable you to curate spaces that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and happiness.
  6. Future-Proofing: Renovations allow you to future-proof your home by incorporating features that enhance its longevity and functionality. Whether it’s installing smart home technology, improving accessibility for aging residents, or reinforcing structural integrity, thoughtful renovations can ensure that your home remains relevant and adaptable to evolving needs and trends.

In conclusion, home renovations offer a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond mere aesthetics. From increasing property value and enhancing functionality to promoting sustainability and improving quality of life, the advantages of renovating your home are vast and multifaceted. By embarking on this transformative journey, you not only elevate the appeal and value of your living space but also create a haven that reflects your unique personality and enhances your overall well-being.

Over 55 Community Looking for Trusted Tradie’s We are here!

Seniors & Over 55’s Looking for Trusted Renovators – We are here!!

Steadily we have been hearing from new and potential clients from the Over 55
community at how difficult it has been for them to obtain quotes and to find
trusted tradesman. Over and over we hear about other companies saying they will turn up and they don’t, or that they will send a quote and they don’t. We don’t operate that way! If we say we will be there – we will be there – on time. Call us old fashioned, but isn’t that how business is meant to be? As we are hearing these stories we are jumping up and down saying ” We are here! Why has it taken you so long to find us!!??”

The majority of our clients are part of the over 55 community and are such
fabulous people to work for so many reasons! Firstly, they know what they want!
Having lived in at least 2-3 homes already they know what they like and don’t
like and aren’t afraid to say it!. Which is great for us as it gives us a clear
direction on the job and makes the process so much easier for everyone

We have also ventured into renovating units within over 55 retirement
communities, which has been such a pleasure, with many residents popping in
daily to chat to our team and to have a “sticky beak” at the progress
of renovations and many have really got invested in the progress.

We pride ourselves in that all our team are well spoken and polite, which
is also another major drawcard for potential clients. One of the major
feedbacks we receive when jobs are complete, is how well everything has been
communicated to them throughout the process and how comfortable they felt with
Rick and the team. We have many clients that have never undertaken a renovation
before and are totally unfamiliar with the process. We like to think that is
what sets us apart from other renovation companies, the fact we take the time
with clients to ensure they are informed and comfortable with the process,
which is always much appreciated by our over 55 community.

Home Office Solutions in High Demand

Imagine 2 years ago that the vast majority of workers in Melbourne would be working from home, and our kids would be home schooled for months on end ? Welcome to our new world, which most of us have got used to over the last 18 months. Having practical, open and functional home office spaces is now paramount for many workers & families.

Increasingly we are having clients incorporate home office spaces into their Home Renovation plans. Many have converted bedrooms, studies and living areas into functional office hubs where the kids can have organized study spaces and parents can have quiet and practical office hubs. For example we have recently completed an entire home office set up for clients in Cranbourne West, that have converted a spare bedroom into a dual home office set up, complete with long spacious desks, storage drawers, overhead cupboards and integrated electrical and data points.

2021 Renovation Boom

With 2020 providing many challenges for all of us in the Construction & Home Renovation sector we are now seeing a major boom in Home Improvement, especially here in Victoria.

Victoria is experiencing a renovation boom, and when it comes to renovation activity there are several suburbs that are considered hot spots, such as Malvern, Berwick, Cranbourne & Frankston. With these suburbs considered as fairly family friendly, it is no surprise that home owners are wanting to spend the time and money on improving their homes.

Trends in Home owners behaviour has changed significantly over the course of the Pandemic. In 2020 we saw many homeowners take on projects themselves as a distraction during lockdown, whereas in 2021 with holidays and travel plans curtailed many have taken this opportunity to outsource home renovations and updates.

We have found a major increase in home owners wanting new kitchens , which we all consider to be the heart of the home. We have had a 57% increase in new kitchens & cabinetry. Another trend is for the installation of home office fit outs and cabinetry. Now that many of us are working from home for an extended amount of time, the need for a comfortable and functional workspace is paramount.

With all of us forced to spend more time at home over the course of the pandemic, home owners have opened their eyes to their surroundings and how they would like to improve them.  As mentioned, kitchens have been the main focus for our clients, but there has also been increased demand for bathroom updates, flooring, painting & landscaping.

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What to spot when hiring a Builder or Home Improvement Contractor

Depending on the type of work you are wishing to have completed, you will need to do some research before hiring the right contractor for your job. Having a skilled and trustworthy person to complete your project is the most pivitol part of the process.

Firstly, lets discuss who does what. Builders are who you are going to hire if you are requiring structural works, and major extensions that will include draftsmans drawings, plans and permits. Builders will be registered with the relevant building authorities  in their state, as in Victoria they will be registered with the VBA, MBAV and HIA.  They will have the relevant licences and insurances to carry out major project such as extensions.

Home Contractors & renovators can carry out Kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, flooring, painting, electrical, plumbing and other general works. Again, these contractors should be registered by the appropriate bodies in their state, and hold the appropriate insurances to carry out necessary works.

If you are looking at hiring a contractor there are several red flags you need to be able to spot, and we will tell you how to weed out the bad ones.

  1. If you have a contractor that requests cash payments upfront, this is a warning that you are likely being scammed and that the contractor is not licenced. 
  2. If you are given a super low price that seems to good to be true – it probably is the case. In obtaining quotations from Contractors, sometimes the cheapest is not always the best, and the cheap quotes, are usually cheap for a reason. 
  3. No website or Google presence. Google is everything when it comes to advertising, and if your proposed contractor has no website, reviews or Google presence, this is an immediate concern. This indicates that the contractor could be involved in a scam, or has a history of changing company names and shoddy workmanship.
  4. No written contract. A legitimate contractor will always present you a formal quotation & legal document prior to commencement of works. All works should be clearly detailed and signed off by all parties, with costs and progressive payments made clear.
  5. Pushy Sales. If you are feeling pressured to sign up, this is a warning sign. Ethical contractors will always leave the quotation with you to let you think it over.
  6. Insurances. If you ask a contractor for a copy of their relevant licences and insurances and they do not supply them, they are obviously operating a scam or unlicenced business.

Its important for you to feel comfortable with your contractor, and feel you can ask questions and be involved in the process together with them. Your home is your biggest asset and you need to ensure you have contractors that are licenced, insured and trustworthy working on your home. A legitimate contractor will have a searchable Google history, good references and licences and accreditations. Don’t be shy to ask for copies of these, legitimate operators will have no issues in handing over these details.