Home renovations are booming, and it doesn’t look like slowing as the nation has come into historically low-interest rates, government cash incentives and people having more money to spend on their home as they’re not spending it on travel.
We’ve seen over 8 million Australians do some form of renovation to their properties in standard years, but it is safe to say the last year has been anything but standard. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the value of home renovation-related lending in January was up a massive 47.4 per cent compared with the same time last year.
With the HomeBuilder grant scheme due to end on March 31, building experts predict a frantic rush of even more applications before the deadline.
Experts predict interest rates will remain at rock bottom for the next three years. However, fixed rates are likely to rise before variable rates do as the longer-term bond market starts to anticipate monetary tightening a few years ahead.
With all the incentives in place, there’s never been a better time to do a home renovation, and a properly executed bathroom or kitchen renovation can add serious value to your property. However, if you overlook plumbing in your planning, your dream bathroom or kitchen could become a nightmare.
Before getting too far into your renovations, while you’re still in the planning stages, it’s a good idea to book a plumber in to check the following:
EXISTING PLUMBING LOCATIONS
A huge consideration is where the plumbing in your bathroom is currently located and whether it will require moving to fit any new renovation plans. A plumber will check sewer lines and main drains.
If a bathroom redesign component is to move your toilet, the plumber will consider what type of toilet it is and what kind of slab or base it’s on. If it’s on a concrete slab, the concrete will require cutting and termite treatments after sewer pipework has been relocated; if it’s a wooden floor, it will require cutting and the pipework relocating underneath the house possibly.
ACCESS TO PLUMBING
A plumber will consider whether you need access to pipes under the house if the house is elevated or on stilts. Access to plumbing from above requires cutting the floor and relocating the new layout’s waste, then repairing the flooring.
A licenced plumber will give the correct form to the council and let you know if you need council permission on additional showers or toilets. Generally, consent isn’t required if you are not increasing the number of sanitary fittings. However, putting in a new tiled wet area shower will require approval as well as additional toilets.
WASTE MOVEMENT AND COLLECTION
Waste movement and collection is a significant component when it comes to bathrooms. A plumber can advise you on where the waste pipes are, if any cutting is involved in existing concrete to add waste pipes, and what trenches for access outside the house need to be done if necessary.
A plumber can advise on the best height of taps and fixtures and any new innovative water-saving devices like water-saving showerheads, which can help save on your water bill.
It can be tough to adjust plumbing once construction has started, so having communication with a licenced plumber before starting your project could save you in the long run. Contact us today for a consultation and information on how we can help your renovation.