Getting onto the property ladder in Australia now, can be incredibly difficult, because of all the red tape that you have to push your way through, just to be considered for a mortgage. The number of houses that are available to buy is falling every year, and land is being bought up by those who can afford it. That is why people are now looking more at existing older properties, that they might be able to buy at a discount, and then fix them up with the hope of moving their family there. There are some fantastic bargains to be had out there, but you need to be in the right place at the right time.
Old building products.
Fixing up these old stone buildings can be a little bit of a nightmare, because the building materials that were used 50 years ago, are no longer deemed to be safe in the current property market. Materials that were seen as being fantastic insulators back then, are now causing people to be ill now. That is why it is so important that you get any older building checked for any of these harmful substances. Thankfully, there are specific, specialised firms out there who deal with this type of thing, and know exactly what they’re looking for, and how to remove it safely and effectively.
One particular building product that was used a lot in the past is asbestos, and we now know this to be very carcinogenic. Even the smallest fibre can enter the lungs and create huge medical issues for the recipient. It is crucial, therefore, to find a firm that can do asbestos removal in Perth, which allows you to have a clean canvas to work on, when you finally decide to fix up your ‘new to you’ home. The following are just some ideas about what you can do to create a home that your family will be happy to live in for years.
- An additional bathroom – Many families overlook this very important addition to any home. Many of you will be able to relate to the fact that in a home with only one bathroom, there are constant arguments every single day of the week about who gets to use it next. You find yourself being late for work or school, because someone else is in there before you and are spending far too much time in there. If as parents, you had your own separate bathroom, this would address many of these issues.
- Utilise space better – Many people who are building their new home, go ahead and add things to the house that they have always had in their home, when they were growing up. It just seemed natural to want to put them in your house, but a lot of the time, you’re creating something that you’re never going to use. One example, is when people add an attic to their home. This is an area that will only be used to store the old Christmas tree or boxes of rubbish that you never look at again. This is the perfect place to create additional bedrooms for the kids.
If it is your wish to buy an old property and then to fix it up, then it’s better to be safe than sorry, and have it checked for building products like asbestos, that will be dangerous for you and your family.