Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Perhaps you are going to get Quotes from multiple Perth Builders to compare? Each Builder provides a different level of detail, and uses a different structure for their Quote.
If you simply look at the bottom line and compare the Total Cost, you are about to make a big mistake. By making a comparison on Price alone, you are assuming that each Builder has covered the same scope, does not have Hidden Costs, and will build using the same standard and quality of products.
Where do you start? How do you compare Building Quotes and ensure that you make the best choice? Read on….
To ensure that you can fairly compare quotes from multiple Home Extension and Renovation Builders, make sure you provide each with the same brief, the same plans and specifications. This will even the playing field and make it easier for you to compare.
That is, do the Building Quotes that you are comparing include the same items? Is it clear what is included and what is excluded?
If the total Quote to Build from one Builder is much lower than the other Builders, chances are there are significant items not included. Be careful and ask questions.
Start by asking about landscaping, fences and painting – these are common exclusions.
If a Builder’s Quote is lacking in detail, or if doesn’t list everything you have requested then proceed VERY carefully. If an item from your Brief is not specifically listed then chances are it has not been costed into the Quote.
For example: has the new Garage been left off the Quote? This means that a nasty and expensive surprise lurks further down the track.
All builders will provide a 6 year structural warranty, however according to legislation, they are only required to provide a 4 month maintenance period after handover. So, if your home renovation is finished in summer, your maintenance period is finished before winter comes around and any maintenance that is revealed thanks to rainy weather is done at your cost.
At Amerex, we provide a full 12 month maintenance warranty so that you get to live in your home for an entire year. During that time, we happily undertake any maintenance. If the maintenance period is not specified in your quote, you can bet that you will be getting the minimum. Make sure you ask and insist on the full 12 months.
If this is not specified then you need to ask. This is a significant hidden cost, and most Builders DO charge a fee for EVERY Variation.
This can add up to thousands of dollars across the duration of your project and blow your budget. Amerex does not charge an Admin fee for Variations.
If a Builder is very cheap, and their Quote to Build seems significantly low, you will need to ask more questions about the materials supplied.
Example 1: Amerex only uses treated timber and includes air-cell insulation as standard in the cavity in double brick walls. This is not standard with all Builders.
Example 2: Does the amount allowed for a new Kitchen seem realistic? This is an area where budget blow-outs and under-quoting are common. Has the Quote allowed for laminate bench-tops or stone? Check the details across all fixtures and finishes and don’t get caught short.
Has the Builder only allowed for budget-level selections in the Provisional Sums? Amerex allows a Provisional Sum that allows for good quality products (well above budget level) in our Building Quotes.
Quotes with budget-level provisional sums come in cheap but cost you further down the track. We aim to deliver quality, and do not take short-cuts in products, or in our Quotes.
What do we mean by Selections and what is a Provisional Sum? For every item in your project where you can make a Selection e.g. plumbing, appliances, door handles, etc… the Builder will have allowed an amount in your Quote referred to as a Provisional Sum.
If the amount allowed is low, and you want your project to achieve quality results, you will definitely be facing expensive Variations along the way – and a likely Variation Fee per item as a double whammy!
At Amerex, we assume that you want a quality result right from the very start. We allow for quality fixtures and appliances in your Quote to ensure that it is as accurate as possible, and the Quote will match the actual cost to build so that you can manage your budget and avoid cost blow-outs. Learn more about the Amerex Difference here!
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ 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 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
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 Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex 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 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
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 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
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 has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
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 'We received exceptional customer service'
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