It can happen though, when you first move in, that your new house needs a major overhaul soon after buying it. You may have discovered it before you bought it, and factored these repairs into the cost of buying the house, or it may all have come as a nasty surprise, once you got to know the house better.
The second reason is to update your home and make it more modern and possibly more acceptable to a new buyer. This type of renovation is usually part of the preparation to get your house market ready, and for sale.
The third is usually the most enjoyable reason. It is the type of renovation one dreams of. That is, to turn your house into the type of home you have always fantasized about.
This usually comes at a time when you finally have the money you need, or your children have grown and your house can become less practical and more aesthetically pleasing. Or it may simply be that at last you have some extra time to spend re-designing your surroundings.
Many people consider that Sydney has almost the perfect climate, a little hot and humid at times in summer, but with pleasant and mild winters. For this reason, people tend to live and entertain a great deal outdoors.
Quite a lot of the home renovations people go for to improve their lifestyles are to add on patios, larger windows and patio doors, outdoor barbecue areas and to open up old-fashioned small rooms into airy open plan living areas.
This sort of renovation usually means breaking through walls and windows and even opening up previously blank walls.
Many people want more space and feel that a solution would be to add on another wing, extra bathrooms, or even go up and add an upper storey.
When sections of wall are to be removed, or upper floors added, it is important to get really good advice about the structure and soundness of your house, its roof and foundations. If you choose a really experienced and knowledgeable firm of building contractors, they will be able to tell you just what is safe for you to have done, and to offer better alternatives if necessary.
You will be wise if you choose a construction firm that is affiliated to the Master Builders Australia or one of the nine State and Territory Master Builders Associations that come under the national umbrella.
To be a member of the â€˜Master Buildersâ€™ means that the company is part of a group that consists of both international and national builders that go from large commercial and civil contractors, all the way down to small subcontractors and small home builders and repair firms.
Even professionals in the advisory sector and suppliers of building materials frequently belong to this organisation.
What it means is that, among other things, the members are required to measure up to the requirements and building codes and standards that have been proved to create safe and strong structures.
Apart from knowing that the company you choose is complying with the building regulations for your area, you will be reasonably sure that fair business practices and other legal limits will be adhered to and your attention could be focused on the design of your home rather on how good a job the construction company is doing.