Quantity Surveying and Building Estimating Tips In Melbourne

The planning phase of building a Home In Melbourne

Whether you are planning to build a whole new home in Melbourne, renovate an old home, or add a house extension to your existing home, planning is the first phase of the process. Before you even consider finding a builder in Melbourne, it’s essential to know what your project will entail and calculate the approximate cost of your project. 

Estimating the cost of your Melbourne home construction or renovation

Several elements in the building process will influence how much a project will cost. The primary elements that should be used for estimating building costs include the following:

  • Size of the job
  • Project location
  • Cost of materials
  • Quality of the construction
  • The reason for the project (bathroom extension, bedroom extension, garage construction, room addition, etc…)
  • Conveyance, site surveys, and other types of documentation required to get council approval
  • Builder’s quotes (some quotes will be higher than others)
  • Landscape of the site (i.e. it’s easier to build on flat ground than on a slope).

Understanding project variations and costs

Now that you have the elements to consider in the planning phase of building, you need a better understanding of some of the specific elements that influence building costs.

  • Large projects often cost less per square metre than smaller ones.
  • A level block construction will cost about 20 percent less than building on a steep block.
  • Building a structure on a sloping block can cost around 10 percent (more or less) more than building on a level block.
  • Luxury building materials will cost around 20 to 30 percent more than conventional standard materials
  • Damp areas like the kitchen and bath will cost more due to the need to waterproof and deal with extraneous plumbing.

Always explore these variations when you are researching building costs. Remember to ask recommended builders in Melbourne about price variations like these when you are getting quotes. You can use the quotes to compare costs and determine what you want and what you can live without.

Remember it’s only a “guesstimate” on your part

As an individual, you can research, compare costs, and get a lot of valuable information when you are calculating the costs of a house extension, home building project, room extension, or renovation in Melbourne. However, you must keep in mind that you can only guess, or make your own “guesstimate” on the project. That’s where getting help from reputable and independent Melbourne Construction Estimators can help.

Need help with a Melbourne building cost estimator?

Melbourne construction cost estimators like Newin Building Estimating Services aim to remove much of the uncertainty related to construction cost budgeting when building or renovating.

Newin can help you more accurately estimate building costs to ensure your project remains achievable and viable.

Call today to find out more.

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