There’s more than just the build to consider
The cost of a renovation isn't just in the build. Design and consent costs also need to be considered, as do costs from specialists such as engineers, surveyors, stormwater and Geotech experts as they may need to be engaged to determine details specific to your project.
It pays to research what these costs could be and ensure you include an allowance for them in your budget. They can quickly add up and add significant cost to the planning of your renovation.
Council requirements such as height-to-boundary, site-coverage rules, or drainage and vehicle access requirements can also add to the complexity of your project and therefore the cost of your build too.
So, it’s important to bear these things in mind too.
Compromises may be necessary
Once you’ve scoped your renovation project and you have detailed construction plans and all the relevant building and resource consents, the real figures will start to emerge.
Chances are there will be costs you hadn’t thought of, or figures that are much higher than expected. Unfortunately this may mean compromising – advice from MyHome Renovations is to focus on your must-haves and leave the wants for a later date.
A builder will always be more up-to-date on current building costs than a draughtsperson or architect. So the best way to keep control over your renovation budget is to work alongside a builder through the planning and design stages.
Look for building companies who have specific knowledge and expertise in renovations and offer a full end-to-end service so you have expert advice from start-to-finish.