The Most Frequently Asked Questions by Property Owners Considering Renovating and Our Answers to them

Frequently Asked Questions

Home renovation tips

Do you do kitchens / patios / renos etc?

We are often asked what type of renovation work we perform or do we do a particular type that a person is requiring.
As a registered building company with an open license we are fully experienced with all aspects of construction.
Whether you are looking for someone to upgrade your tired old kitchen or bathroom, or maybe you’re considering an extension so your family can spread out a bit more, All Seasons Home Improvements are the experts for any of your building needs.
From bathrooms, kitchens, extensions, patios, decks and even granny flats you can be confident when you choose All Seasons Home Improvements.

 

How long have you been in business?

People often ask how long we’ve been in business, because they want to be sure we’ve got the experience and track record that gives them confidence.
All Seasons Home Improvements was formed in 1973. I bought the business back in 1987 to complement my other business Cairns Quality Homes.
Since 1987 we have completed and delivered over 5167 renovation projects in an area stretching from Port Douglas to Tully and out to Mareeba.
You can be confident when you choose All Season Home Improvements. Our experience and commitment makes us Cairns’ premiere renovation specialists.

 

Do you have a display or showroom?

All Seasons Home Improvements have a comprehensive showroom along with kitchen and bathroom displays at our head office, which is at 191 Newell Street in Cairns.

We are open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. If you’d prefer to make a time outside those hours just give us a call on 07 4033 1566 and we’ll arrange a convenient time that suits you to meet and show you around.

 

Do you do free quotes?

Of course, all of our quotes are free and certainly without obligation.
You have every right to make an informed choice of who you want to perform any renovation work on your property.
It’s only after you have had a chance to discuss your options and trust the information you are being given that you can make a confident informed decision.
We don’t believe that your best interests are being served if a company asks you to pay for their effort to win your business.
All Seasons Home Improvements will only work with customers who are informed and who we have gained their trust and confidence.

 

Can you design my renovation and do all the plans?

Some clients have plans already drawn up while others have ideas in their minds but that’s it.
With in-house draftsmen and experienced design consultants, we can design and plan your renovation to meet all council requirements.
You don’t need to spend the time arranging your own draftsman or architect for your project, which ultimately saves you money.

 

Can you manage the whole project for me?

As a fully licensed building company we can manage your complete renovation project from concept to delivery.
Our team of experienced consultants, draftsmen, trades, supervisors and support staff ensure that your project will proceed smoothly. We also guarantee to deliver the result you want to achieve without hassle or frustration.

 

Can I carry out some of the work myself to save money?

We are sometimes asked by clients if they can perform some of the work themselves to save money. Of course, any work that is not structural or required to be performed by licensed tradesmen, you can do yourself. Typically this would be restricted to demolition and painting.
To gain the maximum protection and confidence afforded by our comprehensive warranties and guarantees, it is advisable to trust All Seasons Home Improvements for the complete job.
Quite often where people perform their own work thinking they are saving money, longer term it can cost more if there is a problem.

 

Do you use local trades and materials?

All Seasons Home Improvements, due to their many years in the business have a very loyal and local workforce of qualified tradesmen. Many have been with us for 20+ years through good times and bad.
We also source all building materials and components locally where they are available. We have built many wonderful relationships with local manufacturers and distributors to ensure we support the local community.

 

Can you show me some of the work you have done similar to what I want?

Many people like to see first hand other jobs we have completed to appreciate the style and quality we deliver.
We have many customers who are only too happy to provide references and access for others who are looking at choosing All Seasons Home Improvements for their renovation project.
We also have many testimonials and photos in our office and on our website which give a good feel for the type of jobs we have delivered.

 

Should I notify my insurance company before I renovate?

Some people have concerns that they need to notify their insurance company of their renovation project.
When engaging a registered builder to perform any renovation or construction work it is a requirement of the builder to provide construction and contractual obligation insurance.
Any problems that arise will be covered by us, so notifying your insurance company is not necessary until your project is completed. This is to ensure that any additional value that your renovation has added is reflected in your insurance value.

 

When can you start?

For any renovation work that doesn’t require council approval we can get your job started in as little as 3 to 4 weeks.
If council approval is required generally we can get all the paperwork and approvals required for the work to commence in 6 to 8 weeks.
Of course, if you have a particular time schedule you would like us to work in with, we will happily accommodate where we can around your needs.

How long will the job take?

For a kitchen, patio or carport your job can be completed in as little as 2 or 3 days. If it’s a bathroom you need to allow 4 weeks. Any major renovation or extension work will usually take 2 to 3 months.

 

Will there be a lot of mess?

We pride ourselves on ensuring that your castle is respected and kept as homely as possible during any renovation work.
Any mess made will be cleaned up daily before we leave, drop sheets will be used to protect your floors and plastic barriers will be erected whenever dust producing work is undertaken.

 

Do we have to move out during renovation work?

In the vast majority of cases it is possible to stay and shift around as renovation progresses from room to room.
It’s when services like plumbing or power need to be disconnected that make it difficult to stay in the house.
Wherever it is safe and practical, staying in your home during renovation is obviously the preference.

 

Where should I go to choose my fixtures and fittings?

Our showroom boasts a large range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings.
We have many other preferred suppliers in the region which stock a vast range, and you can choose from any of these and we’ll take over the rest like organizing supply and delivery.

 

Can you arrange finance for our project?

We have recently negotiated with a local broker who has extensive experience gaining finance for people undertaking renovation works.
His service is of the standard we would expect and we are confident to recommend him to any of our customers.
If you would like to talk with him, give our office a call on 07 4033 1566 and we will happily give you his contact details.

 

Can I have extra work done?

It’s quite common for people to request extra work to be completed while your renovation is being undertaken.
Of course, we are happy to quote you for any additional work you would like done.
Generally if this work can be completed while we are already on site your cost will be lower than it would to undertake later.