Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first thing I should do once I have decided that I want to renovate my home?

This is an excellent question, as the building industry can be so confusing. There are so many different trades, all being required in a specific order (architects, draftspeople, the local council, builders, engineers to name a few). The first thing we recommend you do is to email or call us. The link to contact us is at the bottom of this page. We can arrange a time to sit down with you and discuss your needs and the order in which things will progress. Every job is unique and so there is no set answer. There is no obligation to sign contracts with me - this is a free service. Additionally, we are able to help you think through your design ideas, what you are hoping to achieve with the project and we can discuss with you rough costs. Depending on your job, you may need plans drawn up, engineer reports or approval from your local council to do the job. In any case, it is best to liase with a builder to get these things done, and you will probably need to add your builder’s name to the council forms.

Why should I sign contracts with Uplift Building when there are so many other builders working in the Sutherland Shire?

Uplift Building is different because of many factors:

  1. We do not turn down any opportunities to quote work. This means that if your job is not a lucrative as others, or if it involves more skill or is less enjoyable work for a builder, we will not discriminate! We feel privileged to be contacted for a quote and treat all work prospects the same.

  2. We value integrity above all else. Whether it be an employee or sub-contractor from Uplift Building, they will be 100% honest with you, tidy, punctual and polite.

  3. We have loads of experience. Whether it is building expensive, intricate detail in high end houses, maintenance on older houses, or extensions to meet the needs of your growing family, we have done it! Decks, bathrooms, kitchens, granny flats, laundries - we have done it all and can work in with your budget. If you want a quick cheap build, we can work to suit you. If you want a top quality job with premium finishes, we can do that too!

  4. We will give you the Uplift Quote Guarantee

How can I save money?

The best way that you can save money is by employing the services of a fantastic architect or draftsman who can design you a building that is affordable on so many levels. A good architect can specify affordable materials. They can design a home that requires less materials and less labour to be used in the building. They can design a home that meets BASIX in a cost effective way.

Alternatively, an inexperienced architect can cost you dearly. The house they design is the house you must pay for. An architect who does not know the cost of materials or how much labour is needed to build their designs is likely to design something that is needlessly expensive. I cannot emphasise this point enough - invest in a good architect and they will save you money in the long run.

Another way to save money is to plan ahead - work out what you want at the design stage and do not make changes to your plans along the way. Changes to the plan end up costing a lot more money than if they were part of the initial plan.

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.
— Red Adair

If you hire Uplift Building you will save money. We aim for a fast build, and that saves you money on rent. We have competitive rates and do a high quality job first time. Ask us for a free quote.

What is BASIX?

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) is a NSW Government initiative that aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state. BASIX is one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia. Each new dwelling needs to comply to assist in reaching their sustainability targets for water and energy.

Why Do quotes vary so much?

It is always a good idea to get multiple quotes. It relieves the feeling of being ripped off and it keeps builders accountable. If the prices you have obtained from different builders vary significantly, then you will need to look at what has been included. Comparing quotes from builders can be like comparing apples to apples, but more often than not it is like comparing apples to oranges.

To ensure you are comparing apples to apples, rule out all variables. You can do this best by providing each of the builders who are quoting for you with a specification list. The more information you give us, the more accurate the price we can get for you.

Some quotes are sneaky and significantly underestimate or entirely omit huge items like excavation or formwork in order to win jobs.

Can I still live in the house while renovations are on?

Yes, provided that the area being renovated can be partitioned off. The space that Uplift Building is working on by contract, is the responsibility of the builder during the course of the renovation. This is due to Workplace Health and Safety Laws.

 

Can I access the building works while renovations are on?

Yes, but you will need to check what is in the contract. Again, this may be a WHS issue.

 

Why don't you include a Builder's Clean in your quote?

I have lived in the Shire all my life and I know shire people. Generally, I find that Shire Residents want to save money. Residential building is very different from commercial builds, as clients are not making a profit from their homes. Most clients Uplift Building work for prefer to keep costs as low as possible. So to keep quotes as low as we can, we do not include the price of a clean. If you would like a Builder's Clean to be included in the quote, please do not hesitate to ask and the price can be added to your quote. We will, however, endeavour to keep the worksite relatively clean, ordered, and clutter-free at the end of each working day. Not only is this good for the client but it allows our workers a chaos-free environment to work it, resulting in a more efficient building process.

 

Can we use my tradespeople or suppliers?

Yes absolutely! Your tradespeople and suppliers may definitely be used.

There are a few things to consider before opting to use your own tradesmen:

The tradespeople and suppliers who are employed by Uplift Building are loyal to us. By loyal, we mean that our tradespeople will prioritise their time and fit our work into their busy schedules. By loyal, we also mean that they will give us an excellent rate and an excellent service. They are loyal because they know they will get more work in the future, they know that they are always paid promptly and because I have a good rapport with them. I invest a lot of time looking after my tradespeople and suppliers because I know that they will reciprocate it when need be.