Weighing up the pros and cons of building or renovating a home

BIG DECISION: Is it wiser to build or renovate a home?
BIG DECISION: Is it wiser to build or renovate a home? Contributed

THERE are many choices to make when it comes to your home, especially if you're trying to decide if you should renovate your existing home or build a house from scratch, and working out what would best suit your needs, both now and into the future.

Building a new home versus

renovating your existing home

Renovating a home you already love is a big task. If you love the location and can't imagine leaving, or only need small changes to your home - renovation is the road for you! Renovations can be done in stages and over a period of time spreading the cost and work involved to ease the burden.

However, renovating can be inconvenient if you need to continue living in the house during the renovation, not to mention the stress it can cause.

Constraints around which walls can be moved, existing electrical, plumbing and stormwater infrastructure, can limit what you can do with your house.

It's also important to remember that if the renovations are done incorrectly the value and quality of your home could be reduced.

On the other hand, if you build a house from scratch, you have the opportunity to choose a reputable home builder to work with from start to finish.

Home building companies vary in their ability to design beautiful houses, built using trusted trades people to produce quality homes.

So it's a good idea to consider a company that is reliable, experienced and credible.

Home-building companies -

responsibilities and expertise

The biggest positive for building your own new home is that you have a say over the design and function of every aspect. A reputable building company will have a team of experts available to help from selecting the ideal floor plan to suit your block of land, to assisting you with your colour schemes. It's their job as home builders to ensure you are 100% happy when you move in.

Their focus should be on how you live in the home and how it interacts with the surrounding environments, now and into the future, while ensuring that the living experience is safe, comfortable and secure.

Take the stress out of the process

Building a new house can be stressful, but the right home builder will be able to take the stress out of the process - from design to handover. Your chosen home builder will handle and coordinate all the trades, and paperwork for council approvals before and during construction, to ensure that you don't have to worry.

Environmental impact

Building a new home means starting from scratch, so the opportunity exists for your home builder to help you create a healthy space for your family with minimal impact on the environment.

Renovating doesn't always allow for this option within the existing infrastructure.

Intelligent use of space, windows and even placement of the house on a block of land can ultimately affect the costs of heating and cooling your home, and therefore its environmental footprint in the long run.

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