Knock Down Rebuilds - Common Questions

Knock Down Rebuilds - Common Questions

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As a multi-award-winning home builder, Wisdom Homes is Sydney’s first choice for Knock Down Rebuild, and it’s not hard to see why. We take pride in our ability and the forward planning that allows us to blend modern home design with local expertise and trades, to design and build our clients dream homes, complete with pools and landscaping if desired. Below we have compiled a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions, to assist you on your KDR journey.


1. What is The Demolition Process? 
Once you have all the relevant approvals in place, you can engage a demolition contractor to commence works on your existing home. While Wisdom Homes do not undertake the demolition ourselves, we have a selection of trusted 3rd party contractors we can put you in touch with to commence your KDR journey. Wisdom Homes will provide a comprehensive information pack to your selected demolition contractor, thus ensuring that ideal site conditions are organised for the construction of your new home. Once the demolition cost has been agreed and contracts signed, the demolition company will work directly with our pre-site team to ensure the site is ready for construction as soon as possible. To avoid delays, please ensure your property is clear of rubbish or debris and is ready for construction. 

2. Who will look after The Demolition Process?
Our customers (you) are responsible for all demolition works including the Demolition Approval and the disconnection of existing utilities and services. You, the client, must provide Wisdom Homes with a copy of the Demolition Clearance Certificate once received.

3. What are the Demolition costs?
These will vary with each individual home demolition and what is required. Factors such as proximity to your neighbours’ homes, existing mature trees and proximity to power poles can also play a part in these costs.

4. Do I need traffic Management?
Again, this is dependent on each individual house and its location within the street / suburb. Traffic Management may be required at certain stages of the demolition of your old home and construction of your new home, to ensure easy and safe access for trades. This may include traffic redirection and managing traffic flow if necessary. 

5. Do I need Fencing?
Yes. Throughout the demolition phase of your Knock-Down-Rebuild, your property will require temporary fencing to keep the site safe and passers-by out.  Once construction of your new home begins, Wisdom Homes will take over all site requirements, including temporary fencing. 

6. Can I demolish before my finance for my new home is approved?
NO. Please ensure you have your finance formally finalised prior to organising any demolition works on your existing property. This is a strong recommendation from Wisdom Homes as without this, you have no assurance that your lender will approve a sufficient amount to build your new home.

7. How long will I have to move out for?
Another question that is dependent on your existing home that requires demolition and the new home you are planning to build. Generally speaking, this process can take around 38 weeks, which covers the demolition, pre-construction and construction of your new home. You will need to find alternate accommodation for this period. 

8. What are the advantages of a Wisdom Home KDR?
As a multi-award-winning home builder, Wisdom Homes is Sydney’s first choice for Knock Down Rebuild. Our experienced team specialises in the KDR process and will help guide you each step of the way. Our friendly team are here to help make home demolishing and home building as easy and stress-free as possible, with the help of our trusted 3rd party Demolition Contractors.

9. How does Wisdom Homes assist in my KDR?
Our team of highly skilled specialists are leaders in the field of Knock-Down-Rebuild. Not only will we assist in your demolition requirements and point you in the right direction to appoint a qualified demolition contractor, but we will also help guide you as to which of our Wisdom Home designs will work best for you, your family and your block size and shape. A member of our team will be with you each step of the way, ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

10. Where do I start?
The best place to start your Knock-Down-Rebuild journey is at one of our Display Homes, to better gauge which of our floorplans and home designs are best suited to your block in replacement of the house you want to knock down!

With this in mind, if you have any questions or need some additional advice to help get you started, our friendly team at Wisdom Homes are always here for a chat and to help where we can!

Your new home journey starts here.