RENOVATE YOUR HOME
Renovating your home can either be an exciting and rewarding endeavour or it can be a nightmarish and painful lesson.
To avoid the latter, these are the 6 golden tips we would like to give home owners:
- Abide by The Law. When you are making extension to your property (increasing your build-up area), please ensure that you submit proper building plans. You will certainly need to hire an architect to subimit your building plan and get your local council's letter of approval before any work can be carried out. Remember to contract an approved architect who abides by council's ruling. You should estimate between RM3500 to RM4000 for this effort.
- Never Make Assumptions in Budgeting. Budgeting is the most challenging aspect of any renovation work. Remember that costing is not that straightforward as work will differ from one house to another and with the numerous materials available, it is hard to make direct comparison. And make sure you get your contractor to detail out what is covered and what is not covered - similarly with your plumber and electrician.
- Restoration vs. Major Reconstruction. We recommend restoring the house to add value and comfort instead of hacking everything up and building from ground up. The latter should only be applied for houses which have not been maintained or on a house that has been badly designed. Remember that you can save a lot if you keep the structures that are still in good condition - minor changes can sometimes make a whole lot of difference.
- Emphasize on Comfort vs. Styles/Trends. Comfort living is more important than spending on things that will not make your home comfortable and practical. Always try to make your home brighter (natural light) and airy (or cooler) - for example: Adding more windows, sliding doors, air wells, reflective roof tiles, layout with good air flow, etc.). Natural light and breeze will save you electricity (don't make TNB any more richer) and make your home cosy and "in harmony" with nature.
- Be Involved. Depending on your contractor to look at every detail and assuming that he will make decisions on your behalf can be an expensive mistake. Commit your time and be part o the team (even though you are the boss).
- Do not Over-Customize and Add Negative-Value Construction. More often, in the heat of renovating, the home owner tends to make the renovation too much to his or her personal taste or making highly abstract layout. Ask these questions before you make this important decision:
- Will this style last only for a limited period of time.
- Can I live without these features or is there an alternative way of doing it that will bring more value?
- Will this design be acceptable by majority of home buyers (should I decided to sell this property in the future)?
- Who am I trying to impress?