In most cases of a renovation, the total cost and finishing time was higher than planned. To stay on top of the cost of your home improvement you need to follow some necessary steps before you start.

Make sure you get several quotes in writing to compare, that clearly state which costs and services are covered (transport, materials, labour, weekend or holiday rates etc.). Ask for a realistic timeframe and how any changes to it will be handled. Also Ensure you are provided with a certificate of public liability insurance, domestic building insurance and check with your local council to see if any building permits are required. Feel free to ask us for accredited local professionals you can hire.

Painting

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Heating and Air-Conditioning

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Bathroom Renovation

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Kitchen Renovation

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Energy Efficient and Environment Friendly Homes

Insulation

A home which uses energy inefficiently can be costly over time and is usually a result of either flawed electrical, heating or air-conditioning systems or just poor insulation. Insulation is what traps warmth inside a home, so thin or lack of insulation can cool a place more rapidly than normal. The same applies if you are facing really hot weather conditions, so good insulation could be a valuable selling point of a dwelling when it`s time to move on.

Flooring

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Child Safety

Homes are designed and built for adult use and comfort, so their heights, spaces and structures can very often present hazards to children. By looking at your home from the eye level of your young child, you can understand better how some very simple alterations can help the most vulnerable members of your family explore more safely.

Here are some ideas:

  • Have an electrical safety switch (circuit breaker) installed to prevent electrocution, as well as, safety plugs fitted in unused power points.
  • Have a fire protection system (smoke alarms and fire extinguisher).
  • Lock your medicine cupboard and put child-resistant locks on the oven and fridge doors, toilet or bathroom door and on cupboard doors or drawers where dangerous household goods are kept (e.g. cleaning products).
  • Make sure that the hot water delivery temperature for your bathroom is set at a maximum of 50oC (122oF).
  • Install barrier gates on stairs, steps and changes in floor levels to prevent falls.

Improving Your Curb Appeal

Although, for most people, the interior renovation is a bigger priority, when you put your house for sale you should know that first impressions matter and prospective buyers are more likely to make it through the door if they like what they see on the outside. A fresh lick of paint on the walls or just a fresh new colour on your front door can do wonders with your home`s exterior.

A nice idea would be to enhance the entrance with a paved area or driveway, given of course that the space and your budget allow it. Don`t neglect to fix little things, like some missing tiles, a hanging gate or an old mail box. Also, try and landscape the areas around your home. Choose attractive plants and trim the existing large bushes.

Homes Adapted for Disabled People

Experiencing at least a temporary disability is a common phenomenon, so if you are trying to rent your home a good idea would be to make it accessible to disabled or elderly renters. Start by adding ramps and widening all doorways so that a wheelchair fits through them easily. Remodel the bathroom by installing a walk-in styled bath or shower and ask your contractor to adjust the cabinet under the sink so that a wheelchair can roll over.

Make sure there are support handles and bars throughout the house and create storage areas that are convenient at knee level.

Moving is one of those things that can go wrong, having things broken or even lost. The right preparation before a move can save you from all the trouble and make your transition to your new home much smoother.

Useful Tips

Make sure you wrap well the items you pack to protect them from scratching. Try to pack similar items together and keep all the parts of things together, building up layers in the cartons, placing the heaviest things on the bottom and lightest on top.

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In GoldAcre Estates we fully understand that a home has needs and responsibilities and that in many cases the owners cannot cover everything. Either because you are letting it out while living in a different country or, because you just have a busy schedule and can`t find the time to keep up with the necessary maintenance; you need someone trustworthy and efficient to lift those burdens off your shoulders. That is the reason we created the perfect solution. Read more about the management of your residence here.

Choosing your new furniture is a great way to improve your home`s looks and make it represent your personality. But, if you are trying to sell or rent it, you should definitely consider other people`s tastes as well. A design that is compatible with all tastes is bound to make a residence sell faster.

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A house is for most of us, the largest financial investment a person will make. By properly maintaining that investment, not only do you enjoy living in a safe and pleasant environment but also avoid small problems turning into large expensive repairs and keep its value high in comparison to similar homes in your neighbourhood.

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Pool

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Spa

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Sauna

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Garden Design and Landscaping

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Fitness Areas

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Fireplace

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Bbq

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Whether you have just bought a house or renovated one, you need to find out what options there are for insuring it. If you are already insured for your property, it is always a good idea to review your existing contract and see if you can gain more with a different insurer. Learn more, here.