So, you are looking to render your home. If you feel overwhelmed or are unsure as to what you need to consider for a quote; our quick guide can help you through the basic information that a renderer may ask you.
What is your project?
Let’s start with the basics. You will need to provide your renderer with a detailed description of the area you are looking to render.
The size of your area
First and foremost, what are you looking to get rendered? Is it a retaining wall, a fence, the front façade of your home or the whole house? From here, you will need to be able to provide your renderer with a rough estimate of the size of the area – the more precise, the more helpful this will be. Ensure that you add the length and widths of the area you have in mind and provide a rough square metre size as well.
The condition of the substrate (base to be rendered)
It is also important to speak with your renderer about the condition of your substrate. The substrate is the base of the area you are looking to be rendered – is it bricks, blocks, existing render? This will be helpful to showcase the viability of the project and also the timeframe to estimate the cost of the project. If you are unsure on what to look for, the inclusion of photos and images may be helpful to explain the condition.
The condition of the surrounding area
Make sure to speak with the renderer about the surrounding area you wish to render. This may include a slope, the height of the work, the vegetation in the or any other obstructions that may affect their ability to work.
What finish or look would you like to achieve?
Make sure to clearly communicate what colours and textures you like. Find reference images from other projects and share these with your applicator to explain the desired colour, texture or finish. By being clear with your desired outcome, they can discuss any limitations and provide you with an accurate quote.
Additional information about the project?
To best help with your project quote, it is essential to provide all details about your location, your desired timeframe, and your contact details.
Location of the project
It is important to provide the location of your project as some renderers only service certain areas. You may wish to just include your suburb or postcode to start with until you commit to the quote. The location of the project should also include other information about the site. Access is an important attribute as your renderer will need to consider the difficulty of getting tools and materials to the project site area. Also, whether the project is shared with a neighbour.
Timing of the project
Make sure you discuss the timeline with your renderer. Do you want your project to be started as soon as possible, or within a few months? This will help your renderer fit it in with their schedule and other projects they may be working on. It is important to note that at this stage, you will most likely need to be quite flexible with your timing.
Share with your chosen renderer your preferred contact details for receiving the quote. This may be different from your initial conversations. Make sure you are open about any confusion you have about your project in the initial discussion with them.
As this is just a guide, remember that there might be additional information you wish to share with your applicator, or that they may ask from you. If you follow this guideline however, it will greatly assist you with the initial discussions by providing the necessary information for a quote. For any further questions, please get in touch with us.