Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
For most people, the single biggest investment that they make in their lives is buying their family home. For many, the next biggest investment is making home improvements to their primary asset – their family home. It stands to reason then, that selecting a Builder to undertake a major home renovation and alterations to their home is an important and considered decision that needs to be made carefully.
When renovations and additions are done to a high standard, the alterations will stand the test of time, and add value for many years to come. Some time in the future – if and when the time comes to sell – a quality home renovation will have increased the home’s resale value. Conversely, a poorly built home with poor quality finishes will degrade over time, and may cause unforeseen issues that are difficult or costly to fix further down the track if not done right the first time.
ALL Builders in WA are required to be registered, and have a nominated Supervisor listed on the Builders Register. This is regulated by the WA Building Commission. You can check to see if a Builder is registered at the WA Building Commission. If a Builder that you are considering is not listed, immediately scratch their name from the list, do NOT proceed.
Make a note of who is listed as the company’s nominated Supervisor? Is that the person who will be supervising your project? If you are not sure, you need to ask! If the nominated Supervisor for the company is not your Supervisor, you will need to ask if your Supervisor is a registered Builder. Ask how much experience do they have? A good Supervisor is the key to delivering a quality home renovation, and this is a critical question to ask.
Do not accept generic answers such as ‘all of our Supervisors are very experienced…or…don’t worry you will be in good hands’. If the Building Company cannot provide you with a specific name of your Site Supervisor, and you cannot verify that they are a registered Builder, proceed with extreme caution.
If your Supervisor is managing more than 5 projects at a time this would be cause for concern. In fact, it is not unheard of, for Site Supervisors at some building companies to be allocated more than 10-15 projects at a time. Often spread across large geographic areas, spreading as far from Joondalup to Mandurah.
This is an important factor in measuring your Supervisor’s effectiveness. Put simply, the more projects your Supervisor has, the less time he/she has for yours! At Amerex, we only take on a limited number of jobs at any one time, so that you can be assured that your project is front of mind, and closely supervised, at all times.
Some Builders specialise in specific types of projects such as unit developments or granny flats. It is important to know whether they have experience with projects similar to yours – ask how many they have done in the past year or two. Ask if they are able to provide specific addresses or references for you to check. If you are embarking on a major Home Renovation, do you want a Builder that is experienced in unit developments? Seek a specialist renovation Builder to ensure you get the best in the field.
Organisations such as the HIA provide invaluable support and training to Builders. Membership with a professional body ensures that the Builder is up to date with any changes in the industry and is aware of any new or changed rules and regulations that they should be aware of.
Some people will tell you that all Builders have awards and they are rubbish. Well that is just not true. The people saying this are most likely those that have not experienced any success in the awards!! Amerex have been involved with the HIA Awards programs for many years now, and can assure you that these are hotly contested and the competition to win awards is extremely tight.
The awards are independently judged by industry professionals, and a win in any category is fantastic industry level endorsement in an extremely competitive marketplace. Amerex has a swag of awards in our trophy cabinet, including the highly sought after and prestigious HIA WA Professional Small Builder and Renovator of the Year which we have won a record 5 times. No other Perth Builder has achieved this within this category.
This is a personal choice, and Amerex are happy to work with you either way. The key advantage of using the Amerex in-house Home Extension Designer is the collaboration between the Designer and the Builder – Steve Burke – right from the start of your project sets up your project for success in many ways. For example, the cost to build is guaranteed to meet your budget expectations, and the design will not contain any elements that cannot be achieved. That said, Amerex has enjoyed some very successful partnerships with external Building Designers and Architects in the past, and welcomes the opportunity to quote on innovative designs.
Choose someone you think you can work well with. Strong communication skills and a good rapport will make the process much easier for you all the way through your renovation journey. Ask whether the people that you deal with during the sales and/or design process still be around during the build, or is the job passed on to others once you have signed the contract?
If a problem arises, can you contact the Builder directly? Is your Builder authorised to make decisions or does this have to go thru a lengthy administrative process back at the office? Steve is readily available to clients on his mobile or via email (for less urgent matters), and the entire back office team are also on hand to help.
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
ABN: 67 009 252 680 Builders Registration: 10250