A checklist to building or renovating your WA home

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Have you been putting off your home renovation for years? If you have, then let me tell you that you’re not alone. Renovation statistics in many Australian states have been in a slump for some years now, but it looks like this is about to change.

According to Matthew Pollock, Master Builders Australia’s National Manager of Economics, a forecast renovation boom is set to be the strongest in South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland. So, it is only wise that you stop procrastinating and start renovating in 2018.

But before you swing into renovation mode, it is important to understand that there are certain processes and procedures involved with buildings and renovations that must be followed. Today, I’ll give you an idea of these processes.

Here’s a checklist to building a new home or renovating existing homes in WA. This information is coming to you straight from ‘Building your new home — a checklist‘ booklet, provided by Government of Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulations, and Safety, so make sure to read through as this information directly applies to you!

Getting ready

Before you start renovating or building, you’ll need to think of a way to keep track of events. Whether you’re building a new home or undertaking a renovation, there is an immense amount of paperwork involved. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll soon end up being overwhelmed.

Also, you must decide beforehand if you’ll be hiring registered builders/contractors or you’ll be handling the work yourself. If you’re planning on doing any major renovation/building, you’ll be considered an owner-builder. As an owner-builder, you must obtain a DMIRS approval before you can apply for a building permit.

If you are hiring a registered builder, make sure that you are happy with the dimensions and type of materials being used. Make sure to take in writing what features will be offered and all the related specifications involved.

Review the builder’s previous work and contact some previous customers so you know what to expect. Check your building plans thoroughly, and before signing a building contract, read, check and understand everything that is in there.

Check to see what is the builder’s liability is, and yours, also look at how payments will be made and what happens in case the contract needs to be terminated.

During construction

Once construction starts, it is wise to deal with only one person if you’re dealing with a builder. Make sure the builder assigns a specific person who will report to you the progress of work. Also, make sure to arrange for regular site visits to ensure that everything is going as planned.

Remember that your builder is under a legal responsibility to provide proficient and proper services. So, make payments only if you are satisfied with the quality of work offered.

Furnishing your space

After the construction is done, you’ll need to furnish your space. Make sure to keep a note of all fixtures, appliances, furniture and other items that you need. If you are undertaking a DIY renovation, it is a good idea to consider taking note of these items when you’re procuring tools, materials and equipment.

Make sure to consider the overall look and aesthetics of your space during the furnishing process and choose your furnishings wisely. And, for all the renovating products you need, look no further than us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre in Perth. We offer a full range of home products including tiles, tapware, bathroom products, kitchen products, laundry products, appliances, doors and windows and much more. Every product listed in our store is in stock, and we offer shipping across Perth Metro on all online purchases. Whether you’re building or renovating, we’re your one-stop-shop for all your needs!


If you’re building or renovating a home in Perth, you must understand that there are certain processes involved. Make sure to obtain all required permits and get yourself ready for construction. During the construction process, ensure that you keep track of all events and that you are in contact with only one person at all times. And, when furnishing your space, consider the overall look and aesthetics when buying products.

Also, make sure to go through the official checklist offered by the Government of WA, where you’ll find everything in detail.

And, for all your renovating needs, consider us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We how to see you instore or online soon.

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