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    In the past, it was very common to renovate a home to account for the growing family or extending to add another living space. Today, more people are making the decision to knockdown and rebuild their homes because renovating can be quite costly.

    Within the last ten years an increasing number of people have decided to venture out and knockdown their properties and start again. Today’s society is different to what it was twenty years ago, and homes are now being designed to suit current lifestyles and needs.

    There are a number of reasons people are choosing to knockdown rather than renovate. Homes needing to be reassessed and upgraded to comply with current building regulations are only costly but builders are restricted with constricting structures.

    The slow release of new land and the size of that land is helping drive people to knockdown rebuild. With a familiar location and amenities nearby homeowners and investors are actively deciding to buy existing houses that are ready to knockdown. Not only can they stay in a location they love, but they can also create the perfect home to suit their current lifestyle.

    The downside to a knockdown rebuild project is the time spent on the process of knocking down the existing house, to planning and executing your new home. With these tips in mind, here are a few ways to help ensure your knockdown rebuild runs smoothly.

    Discuss what will be knocked down

    When knocking down a home, you don’t necessarily have to knockdown everything on the block. Perhaps there is an outdoor area or shed you’d like to keep. Make this clear to builders to ensure they don’t accidentally knock it all down.

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    Unforeseen fees and costs

    You should check with the builder what permits or fees will be required to pay before beginning the project. A reputable builder will give you a detailed list of the foreseeable costs involved in your knockdown rebuild. This will provide peace of mind. Instead of the homeowner being left in the dark and having to pay an unforeseen fee for the council footpath.

    Permits and disconnection services

    Before you start work discuss with your builder about permits and disconnection services. Discuss what will be required of them and who will need to be responsible. Homeowners knockdown requirements will determine the disconnection services. This includes gas, water, electricity and telephone. This way,  you will have a better understanding of the building process and allow for a smoother journey.

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    Rebuild Time Schedule

    Ensure that you have council approval before building and that you have all documents, permits and costs worked out. Timing is your worst nightmare when building a home as some tasks may run over their allocated schedule. By having everything organised beforehand, you can minimise the building process and have your home ready as soon as possible. Home owners can ensure delays are reduced as much as possible by working with their builder.

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