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Renovator’s Delights

After having done all of the necessary research, you’re ready to begin searching for the right place. This is when things get really exciting. You have to keep your wits about you, as choosing a property is critical. When you take your researcher’s hat off

Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with

Carpet Water Damage

You put on the bathrobe and go downstairs to get your cup of coffee. As soon as you’re on the first floor , your feet get a completely different experience. Your feet sink right into a mushy and squishy carpet completely soaked with water. While

Renovator’s Delights

After having done all of the basic research and preparation, you’re now ready to start looking for a place.

This is where it gets really exciting. You need to keep your wits about you, because property selection is critical.

When you take your researcher’s hat off and put your buyer’s hat on, what you want is potential for renovation.

You need to assess each property not only regarding where it’s at right now, but what it can be when you’ve renovated it.

The first consideration is the state of the property. You’re searching for something that’s crying out to be renovated, but nottotally derelict (unless you love a challenge)!Next you will consider the mood of the current market, and whether this place might meet them with your improvements.

Finally, you need to consider how much you need to do to the property.
Some places just need a quick fix-up to bring you a good profit.
Other properties can be quite transformed, bringing them to a far superior state and unlocking superior profits.

Roughly speaking, there are three types of properties that attract renovators:The ‘Patch ‘n’ Paint’ means it is a solid property, in good nick structurally but the decor is tired.

It’s begging for fresh paint, carpet, fittings and fixtures, and the garden needs a tidy up.
The ‘Fixer-Upper’ is usually older and in rougher condition than the Patch ‘n’ Paint.
The decor needs attention, but it should also have a kitchen and/or bathroom makeover.
The ‘Fixer-Upper’ has some structural issues.

It might have cracks in the walls or need a new roof. Perhaps the wiring or plumbing is uselss and needs replacing. These defects can be costly to put right but don’t necessarily add any value.

The ‘Knock-Down’ requires a top to bottom restoration or demolition. These properties often catch the eye of developers, particularly if they’re in a great location, on a large block or have fantastic views. From my experience, the best bets to renovate for profit are the ‘Patch ‘n’ Paint’ and the ‘Fixer-Upper’.

The amount of renovation work you should attempt will depend on your knowledge, experience, skills and contacts, but most people should be able to renovate these types of places without too much trouble.
Also, they tend not to have a high level of risk.

Dealing with structural defectsGenerally, I advise people to avoid properties that need serious work.

You want to spend your renovation budget on improvements that buyers or tenants can see immediately as that’s how you get results.

Spending money on fixing defects that are not seen eats into your renovation budget and you may not see a buyer who appreciates quality, therefore your profits will be reduced.

Basically, tenants and buyers expect a property to have good foundations, wiring and plumbing. They won’t pay extra for it, so the extra expenditure to fix the defect doesn’t add any value.

If you do want to make an offer on a property with structural defects you must get a quote to find out how much it will cost to rectify the problems so you can factor that into your purchase price.

If the numbers still stack up then go for it. And, you can usually negotiate hard because generally, other will be scared off by the “problems”.

Don’t skimp on inspection reportsMany property investors are tempted to save a few bucks by foregoing an inspection report when buying a property.

Don’t do it! Termite infestations, dodgy wiring, rotten foundations. There are many potential problems with any building that most people won’t notice.

Remember, any one of these problems could cost you big bucks. You wouldn’t buy a second-hand car for $10,000 without a $250 inspection report, so why purchase a property for several hundred thousand dollars without an inspection report for a a little more? For your peace of mind get the inspections done. For building inspections brisbane, contact Home Inspect today or visit their web site.

Meeting market demandNow let’s think about people, because despite what most renovation newbies think, renovating for profit is a people business, not a property business.

Tenants or buyers of your renovated property are the source of your money -from either the rent you receive or what you make when you sell it, so to maximise your return you need to create a home that tenants will rent and buyers want to buy.

That’s the golden rule if you intend to make a profit renovating houses.

If you intend to keep the renovated property then you need to research your target tenants for the suburb.
When you match a property to target tenants you’re less likely to have vacancies, or need to cut therent to get someone in.

Build a good relationship with property managers and find out what type of properties are desirable in the suburb. Tell them you’re looking at buying an investment property in the area, and ask them what tenants prefer.

What sort of property is needed? What kind rents the quickest?In this suburb do tenants prefer houses or apartments? Do they want one, two, or more bedrooms? Do they require parking or not? You need to know these basics so you can make an informed decision on what to buy.

If you intend to sell the property after renovating it, the same principle applies but now you must consider the wants and needs of buyers rather than tenants.

While there are some similarities, there are differences you should cater for.

Finally, although there will be some features of the property you can improve, some features, such as location and aspect, etc, are fixed.
You can do a first class renovation, but if the property backs onto a railway line you can expect to trouble renting and selling it.

This is why selection of a property is so critical. After all, you can always improve a property, but you can’t improve its location.

Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with the hundreds of steps and processes involved with building a new home. ”Turnkey” simply means that you, the client, can go to your brand new home, walk up to the beautiful front door and simply turn the key!

The process to become an owner builder is much more complicated than one might think. For instance, it’s a requirement of the Building Services Authority (BSA) that anyone who wishes to build or renovate their own home and spend over $11,000 must hold an owner builder permit, and these permits are only issued by the Building Services Authority once you’ve completed an owner builder course. The permits expire every 6 years.

Here are a few of the processes involved with building your own kit home; legal requirements, site preparation, footings and floors, wall construction, roof construction, windows and frames, doors, screens, wall finishes, ceilings, fixtures, plumbing, gas, electrical, draining, and then some landscaping to top it all off.
If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, building your own kit home could prove to be more challenging than you may think, especially tackling all the council codes, regulations and legal requirements!

We at Bush and Beach Home Builders are professionals at building sustainable homes. We know how stressful and overwhelming the process of building your own home can be, so let us do it for you! If you think assembling a piece of furniture is irritating, building a kit home is a hundred times more complicated. Instead, let us do the work for you so that all you have to do is turn the key and enjoy your unique, climate engineered Bush and Beach home.

If you want to see some house designs or learn more about our sustainable homes, please contact our team.

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