HOME IMPROVEMENT BLOG

Renovating soon? Be nice to your neighbours!

Are you planning on renovating or extending your home? Under a new proposal to amend NSW Planning laws you may be legally required to involve your neighbours before submitting your DA to council for approval. These are the first major planning changes for NSW in the last 30 years.

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Healthy Renovations

Your choice of paints, floor coverings and building materials can have a big impact on indoor air quality, allergens and other factors that adversely affect health. We take a look at the main villains – the chemical nasties you and your family want to avoid.

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Financing Renovations

Whether your renovations are relatively minor (a new kitchen or bathroom), or major like a second storey addition or ground floor extension, the chances are that you’ll need to consider how you’ll be financing it. Here are some of the most common options.

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Know Your Rights – NSW building laws in a nutshell

NSW home owners are covered by a range of laws designed to ensure that builders are licensed, insured and competent, and home owners are protected in the event of a problem or disagreement. We detail the key laws relating to home building, including the new and revised laws that came into effect on 15 Jan 2015.

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Landscaping after your renovations

When you’re getting major work done on your house, it often makes sense to budget for landscaping following the work. So when might landscaping be a smart investment, and what are the best ways to approach it?

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