Often when you’re starting to think about your project, and trying to determine the budget you need to set aside for it, you don’t to have to many public conversations about it.
This is for a few reasons.
One might be that you just feel clueless. You don’t know who to start speaking to, or the questions to ask.
And in feeling like that, you may be worried that you’ll look foolish. Say something you’re not supposed to, or give professionals and builders information that gives away too much.
It may be too that you don’t want to give too much away too soon. Show your hand and then be at the mercy of trusting everyone to not be taking advantage of you.
Amelia knows that one thing that many homeowners she speaks to fear, is all the unknowns. And whenever you’re in that kind of territory, feeling out of your comfort zone, it’s can be a hard place to be. And to admit that you don’t really know what you’re doing whilst you’re there.
Amelia would like to say this to you, though, if this is how you are feeling.
You aren’t supposed to know what you’re doing – especially if this is the first time you’ve renovated or built your home.
However, you’re sitting at home, and you’re thinking this whole renovation and building thing through. You’ve watched The Block, and House Rules, and Fixer Upper. And you’re thinking, I just want to get a handle on budgets, and how much things cost, before I start bothering anyone, or feeling like I’m wasting anyone’s time.
So, how can you do it? Let Amelia give you some places to start.
Firstly, there’s online.
Here’s the links Amelia mentions in this episode:
Home Design Directory >>> https://www.homedesigndirectory.com.au/calculators/building-cost-estimates.php
All Australian Architecture Budget Calculator >>> https://www.aaarchitect.com.au/home-building-costing-calculator.html
Valuers’ cost estimate calculator >>> http://www.lmigroup.com/RiskCoach/Calculators/BuildingCalculator.aspx?access=adroit
Finder.com.au renovation calculators and cost guides >>> https://www.finder.com.au/renovation
Other resources are offline
Talking to those in the industry about current costs of building and renovating is of course, another resource available to you when beginning your project.
You may see that they refer to building and renovating costs as square metre rates.
Now, square metre rates can be a good place to start. And at least they’re somewhere to start, especially when you’re desperately trying to start somewhere! However, they also have their traps.
Listen to the episode now, as Amelia shares more about these resources, and what to be aware of when understanding costing and budgets in square metre rates.
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