So you’re thinking of a serious overhaul on your home and want to undertake a knock-down-rebuild project. The whole idea of demolishing your house probably sounds very complicated. However, if you get the right builder to go through the journey with, it can be both fun and rewarding, ending in a beautiful new home.

It may sound both expensive and complicated to knock down your existing house and rebuild it. However, it costs about the same or less than doing detailed renovations. You won’t have as many transaction costs, and you won’t pay stamp duty either.

However, don’t rush into it just yet. There are a few things you need to know and consider before you begin. Here are some tips you should consider while you build your new home.

Know What Has to Go & What Can Stay

Just because you’re demolishing your house doesn’t mean you need to clear everything away. You may, for example, like the swimming pool enough that you think it’s a good idea to keep it. You may have a shed or other building on the outside that you have to keep or even an old tree or other natural feature.

When you know right from the start what you want to keep, you are going to avoid making mistakes while performing the demolition. It also helps you define the scope of work well when you’re sourcing contractors.

Find Out How the Disconnection of Services & Permits Are Handled

Before you do any activity on your block, you want your contractor to know exactly who is going to be responsible for disconnecting services and also permit fees. That includes the disconnection of the gas and power meters as well as their removal. It also includes terminating the water service at the meter and also disconnecting the telephone service. You should have all of this well-defined right from the beginning to make the process much smoother as it proceeds.

Learn About the Potential Fees

If you or your contractor are going to apply for a permit to demolish from the local authorities, then you should already have accounted for the possible charges. This is why it is important to work with a reputable builder. They are going to help you understand all the requirements. However, to be on the safe side of things, you should always keep in mind the fact that there are fees for lots of things like the removal of boundary fences, verge tree protection, verge bonds, council footpaths and so on. All of these should be put into consideration.

Don’t Forget About the Importance of Timing

Once you’ve got the costs down, you should start thinking about the timing. You want your new home approved long before you begin demolition. That means you won’t have to spend too much time, moving out, demolishing the house and starting the construction of your new home. You should partner with a good builder who can coordinate the whole process for you and keep the delays to a minimum.

 

The Men’s Starter Guide to Build a New Home
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