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Remodeling Your Home – Strategic Planning You Need to Know

Many years ago when you thought about remodeling your home, you could do it quite easily, without a lot of head ache or decision making. The decisions were rather simple, based around making the home bigger, easier to live in, and more comfortable. There were only a handful of materials and styles to choose from, and this made the decision making process of remodeling your home very easy.

Over the last 35 years things have greatly changed, as remodeling has exploded into a 200 billion dollar a year mega industry. Today their are literally thousands of upgrades and options available. Couple this with the fact that the average homeowner will only recover a fraction of their remodeling costs if they sell their home and it becomes very obvious just how important controlling your budget is when you decide to remodel.

Even though people are still spending money because of escalating home equity and low interest rates, it is prudent to remodel intelligently. Only invest money that will allow you to enjoy the results of the project and will increase the value of your home. If your remodeling project will not deliver either of these, then you should seriously reconsider it. By keeping your eyes wide open and approaching your home remodeling project with your mind instead of your emotions, you will stand a much better chance of earning a nice return on your investment, and even enjoy a more comfortable house.

Have you ever herd the age old saying “you get what you pay for”? This saying is true for most things in life, but it does not always apply to home remodeling. This is because the home improvement industry is so large and competitive, and some contractors will push expensive, and sometimes useless, upgrades only to make a quick buck. Because of this, it is important that you learn how to take advantage of this competitive market place. You also need to learn how to take charge of your budget and sort through the many sales pitches you will encounter.

Remodeling your home is a fun and exciting time in your life!!

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Waterproofing your home can be a daunting task. It is not a simple job and needs to be done by a professional waterproofing specialist. The old saying that prevention is better than cure is a true aspect of making sure your home is waterproofed. A small leak detected early and acted upon immediately can save you a lot of money in the future.

The answer to how much a waterproofing project will cost can be summed up in two words: It depends. Every situation is different. Costs are determined by the work that needs to be done, the method used to correct the problem. Get inspections and estimates from at least three professional waterproofing contractors before hiring someone. In most cases, they will do the estimating and inspections free of charge.

This home renovation tip was written by Frederik Knepscheld, owner of Grand Design Building and Waterproofing in Benoni

“We may not do it cheaper, but we do it right … first time!”

The point I am making is that if you want quality workmanship you may need to pay a bit more for it. A lot of these “fly by night” building contractors may give you the cheapest quote but the quality of workmanship is not of a high standard, which means that at the end of the day you will probably have to pay someone else to come fix their mess and you will be paying the price of a higher-quoted contractor anyway.

How excited can one become?

The annual Grand Designs Live Home and Garden Show will take place this weekend at the Coca-Cola Dome. There are not a lot of top quality expo’s for our industry in South Africa and we will most definitely visit the expo over the weekend to see what is new and happening in the building and renovation industry. At the end, as building contractor operating in Benoni, Boksburg and Kempton Park, we can only benefit from the Grand Design Live Show as we will get valuable new ideas and industry updates on good practice from the exhibitors. We will also be able to connect with new potential service providers who can help us make our clients homes more beautiful and functional to live and play in.

Great minds think a like!!

That is most surely what the event organisers thought when they decided to give the show a name and we are proud to have a similar name as the Grand Designs Live Show.

The show will showcase the latest trends in building and renovations, interior design, kitchen and bathroom designs, gardening and new technology for inside as well as outside your home. An important aspect I am going to focus on escpecially, is new techniques and products for waterproofing buildings.

Importance of Waterproofing

We all know that as your house gets older, it is actually get more valuable and taking care of your house, especially when looking after major issues such as waterproofing your home, it actually gives you years of pleasure and eventually when you need to sell it, it adds quite a few extra rands to your investment.

We hope to see you at the Grand Designs Live Show and we will most definitely take what we learned and continue to provide our clients with the best service and products.

Being registered with accredited associations, such as the Master Builders Association (MBA) or the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) of South Africa, does not guarantee that the builder will have the relevant qualifications, be honest, or reputable, or ensure a high standard of work. It’s like someone being a member at a gym, they pay the fees every month but does that qualify them as a gym instructor?

This being said I am posting this as an example for home owners to see that not everyone writing an article is qualified, or even knows everything about the building sector. Such “experts” on the subject can do a lot of damage to reputable builders and their businesses. To remedy the situation we will be posting tips on what to look for if you suspect a “Bakkie Builder” or a “Fly by Night” who could turn your dream home into a disaster…  Frederik J. Knepscheld

Read the article from Property24 on 11 February 2010 below

Proper research is ‘key’ when it comes to building property in SA.

So says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that one should “make building a ‘bearable’ experience by choosing a reputable builder who can provide you with valid references and contact details”.

He says consumers should avoid builders who aren’t registered with accredited associations such as the Master Builders Association (MBA) or the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) of South Africa “as builders who are registered with these associations can be held liable for their work to a certain extent”.

According to the MBA consumers should invite at least two building contractors to quote on the work they want done so that prices can be compared to see if it is market-related. That said, it is important to note that contractors need to allow for more or less the same provisional quantities and products to enable consumers to successfully evaluate their quotes.

Goslett advises consumers to visit two or three building projects that the builder has worked on before to see the quality of work and to find out from the people how the builder treated them. “This needs to be done before you sign any form of contract,” notes Goslett.

He adds that consumers should ensure that a contract is fully understood and that it protects both parties before they sign it. “The MBA can assist with legal terms that don’t make sense. Standard building contracts that address the needs of builders and consumers alike can also be bought from them,” he says.

“Be wary of builders who require a large deposit upfront,” warns Goslett.

Although small contractors may require a deposit for building material, the MBA advises consumers to ask contractors to provide security against absconding with their money. Payments should furthermore be scheduled in the contract while a record of all payments made should be kept at all times. “Ask your builder for a receipt each time a payment is made and try to stick to the payment schedule stipulated in the contract,” adds Goslett.

“Furthermore, it is important to know that any changes to original specifications should be separately quoted for and recorded and accepted in writing before the contractor carries them out. Consumers should also insist that any work they’re unhappy with is rectified before the contractor leaves the building site in order to protect them from poor workmanship,” Goslett concludes.

Response from readers on the article

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) of South Africa should not even feature in your article, I’ve had 6 properties developed by different developers, all 6 developers were registered with nhbrc and all produced rubbish work. The nhbrc is absolutely useless. So please leave them out of the equation when giving advice, as this gives people wanting to build the wrong guidance. – Anonymous

 Membership of the NHBRC is NO qualification for anything. It’s statutory money sucking government-backed employer. MBA. Yes, maybe. In general the advice in the presentation is good.

However: good service cheap won’t be fast. Good service fast won’t be cheap. Fast service cheap won’t be good. And other permutations of the above.

Remember SABS specifications and the building specifications are minimum specs. Anything less than that will probably be illegal.

These specifications also apply to ‘Hop’-housing etc. If you’re going on price only, then good luck to you.

Look for a contractor that known his job and stick with him. You probably won’t like everything that he wants to spend money on, but then you cannot expect him to guarantee the end product on your likings and preferences only.

If, on the other hand, you believe you can do better, then rather do the job yourself. – RE Brink

I am a builder, registered with the NHBRC. I have built several homes for clients who are very happy with the process and quality of the finished product. So far on all the projects the NHBRChave yet to visit any of the building sites to do inspections, nor have I had any correspondence regarding the projects other than when they insist on their exorbitant fees for the building process. As a previous reader commented, they are of absolute zero value to any homeowner. Unfortunately the banks encourage their extortion by insisting on a NHBRC certificate before any building loan is validated. – Johnny Geel

I read articles in various home magazines about the poor building workmanship allegedly produced by so many builders.

I read about “builders absconding with clients’ money”, “builders leaving the site with work incomplete”, etc. And, I’m sure that most of these stories could be true. However, I would like to put another spin onto all these articles.

I have loads of stories about the rudeness and total aggressiveness of clients as well as how often they just renege on any contract you may have OR they just decide they are not “happy” with the work (although they haven’t said anything during the project) and won’t pay the final amount outstanding.

I think it is time for the renovators, builders and various contractors to stand together and talk about how pathetic some of the clients are. I have been sworn at, told to do work that wasn’t in the original scope of work, not paid for extra work that was requested, not paid a final payment – and cannot get hold of the client, asked to “fix” work where it was actually damaged by the client themselves. It is an absolute disgrace that nothing has been said about the clients that we have to deal with.

They insist on staying in the house whilst the renovation is going on, make the builders spend valuable hours moving furniture outside and covering it and then move it all back inside again – and then complain about how slow the project is going, leave things lying around and claim that the items have been damaged or stolen and insist on reparation before they will pay you a cent. I could go on and on and on. I actually quite honestly understand how builders just give up and flee the site, because it starts to cost money that they have not been paid for nor quoted. My one client, who was going overseas, said to me that “if the work is not complete by the time I get back, I will f___k you up!”. Just like that. A nice lady!

Where is the recourse for builders against these people? Because it just costs too much money to try and get ones money back – and in the meantime, these charming clients badmouth you all over town so that you cannot get any work. It’s just pathetic! Well, that’s my side of the story. – ANONYMOUS

Waterproofing is the formation of an impervious barrier which is designed to prevent water entering or escaping from various sections of building structures. Internal areas that are waterproofed include bathrooms, shower recesses, laundries and toilets. Whilst an external area waterproofed extends to roofs, planter boxes, podiums, balconies, retaining walls and swimming pools.

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