I'm going to let you in on a secret, renovations are not cheap. You might be thinking, well yeah, that's a little obvious but I don't think you realise the hits to your wallet that take place before you even start renovating!!
I wrote back in November 2015 about How to Start Your Renovation, we had been to visit the architect and I guess I was expecting first and final draft to be done within a couple of weeks, submit to council the week after, approval before Christmas and we would be on our way.
We only finalised our plans a few days before Christmas, quickly submitted them to the council and went overseas. It took us five months to get our plans right as we started this process back in late July! Whilst I don't think this is a process you should rush as it is the bread and butter of your reno, I never expected it would take this long! Time frames are a must when working with your contractors, set them upfront and hold each other to what you've said you will do. Be upfront and make sure they have the time to dedicate to your project before you kick off.
Anyway back to my point...the expenses. This is what no-one will tell you before you dive into a new project, I've put together a list below of the unavoidable expenses for this house so far:
- Initial Survey of Block - $990
- Architect Consultation & Drawings - $1500 (mates rates)
- Excavator to clear front and back yard - $500
- Fee's to submit application to council in ACT - $1833
- Engineer Consultation & Drawings - $1100
- Second surveyor to peg out extension - $990
Yup, before even starting the renovation we have spent $6,913! You know...only a bathroom! I'm not saying don't do it, but keep these costs in mind when you're allocating your budget. For us there was no way around these costs, in order to get this build underway every bit had to happen, council fees may vary between states and of course will be dependent on what you're doing to your house.