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Staying on top of the costs


1. Be sure of your builder

Certified Builders’ Associatio­n chief executive Grant Florence advised homeowners looking to renovate to question their builder on what experience they have had on doing renovation­s.

2. Factor in age of property

If the house is older, it may well need to get updated rewiring or a new fuse box. If it was built before 2000, you’ll need to get it checked and tested for asbestos.

3. Plan carefully

Florence said lots of people ‘‘tend to get a bit overexcite­d’’ in the middle of renovation­s and change their mind without thinking how the costs could add up.

4. Factor in time and money

The industry is getting more regulated and consenting costs have risen. For a standard $150,000 renovation, consent costs nearly $3500.

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