Take the "Build new or Renovate" Quiz

Unsure whether to build or renovate? Take this two minute unbiased quiz to find out what is best for you.

This quiz is designed to help you make the right decision on whether to build from scratch or renovate your home.

We ask you 10 multiple choice questions that will determine the final answer. 

All information collected is private and confidential.


Independent Building Advice is a truly unique business where we provide unbiased advice on design, building and renovating.

We advise on design, inclusions, land, process and construction. We keep the builders accountable and know how to get the best price and service for you and your home.

We can help you at any stage of the building process, however the best results come from when we design the home as we make sure you build a home without regrets.  

Our unbiased advice ensures you make the right decisions at the right time.


We provide a free service where we guide people into either renovating or demolishing their home or demolishing and building new.

We can provide design and building/renovation advice, as well as shortlist Perth’s best builders for your project. 

We can either approach the builders for you (we speak the jargon and have 20 years experience) or alternatively you can champion your home solo. We are happy either way. 

Often we find people are not sure what to do, build or renovate. They end up guessing on what they think is right, only to find out they were wrong and have to start again, going down the other direction. Some times just abandoning the project completely through frustration. 

Our goal is to help people love building and renovating by getting unbiased expert advice from the start. 

To Build, or to renovate, that is the question.

Choosing correctly whether to build or renovate will save you thousands, even ten’s of thousands, months of time and will ultimately determine your satisfaction when it’s finished.

Take the quiz to find out what is the right path for you.

Find out if you are better off renovating or building new.

Take the unbiased quiz to find out if you are better off just doing a fix up and refresh a few rooms or knock down and rebuild?

Let us point you in the right direction

Independent Building Advice is in your corner every step of the way.

With the right help, building or renovating can be an experience of a lifetime but unfortunately many people find it problematic. The reason? They simply don’t know what they are doing. Builders and buyers are often speaking different languages when it comes to the plans, what is included and expected outcomes. The end result can lead to disappointment.

It doesn’t need to be this way.

Independent Building Advice offers unbiased help in a variety of different methods ranging from designing your home,  builder selection and tender services, general advice and more.

Our difference is we work with you to get the best outcome for you and your family.  

Building or renovating
is a big decision.

Making the right decision on whether to renovate or demolish and build your home can save you time, money and heartache.

This quick quiz is here to help.

We help people in both building and renovating so the answers to the quiz are not swayed to what we want, but what is best for you and your home.


Below are real people’s experiences that they shared with us when they met us. They were either building or renovating during 2020 and 2021. All of the situations below came from a variety of builders and could have been avoided had Independent Building Advice been involved earlier.  

Jordan and Emma were about to build their forever home but the sales person clearly didn’t care. The design was totally wrong. It had no natural light to the living areas, terrible energy efficiency, the pool could only be seen from the laundry. The balcony design was useless and more. We got involved, made some adjustments and put the design right. 

Ella and James – had been going around and round in circles for 5 years trying to get the design to meet their needs, wants and budget. They had gone through lots of designers and toiled with both building and renovating. We met them and within 2 weeks we had them on track and on budget. 

Brendan (Part 1) was told that he could extend the home design at prestart (after he signed his contracts). This was 100% incorrect information as by the prestart stage all the engineering, energy efficiency and shire approvals would have all be received. The sales person just wanted him to sign up. We advised Brendan on what to say and he was off and running. Brendan didn’t hire our services as it was just a one off question. 

Brendan (Part 2) 7 months after signing, Brendan came back to us with more questions. He was told that the home doesn’t fit the block and he needs to spend $12,000 more to get it right. First off, this should have been fixed prior to signing, second why has it taken 7 months to find this out? Third, why is it $12,000 more? We got involved and helped him argue the point and he got the figure reduced.  

Alison signed with her builder in early 2020, did everything right, 14 months after signing they still hadn’t started building. (should take 6-7 months). Unfortunately there was nothing we could do for her as she contacted us too late in the process. 

Jerome and Emma were building their first home together. They signed with a builder and asked to make some simple change to the design. The builder said they would look into it but got no further response for 8 weeks after Jerome and Emma’s repeated phone call, texts and emails. They engaged IBA. 5 minutes and one phone call later everything was signed off and the home was back on track. 

If you want more stories or want to speak to any of the above people let us know and we can organise it.

What Our Clients Have to Say

If you would like to discuss our services directly with a client, we will be happy to arrange it.

Behan brought 20+ years of being immersed in the home building industry to our project.

From lifestyle considerations when choosing layouts and finishings to insightful knowledge about every stage of the process, his advice really helped us navigate the complexities of building - most importantly, knowing the motivations of the builder and when to ask the right questions.
Jerome L
From Balcatta
After we’d had our house designed and had chosen our builder we started getting advice from lots of sources and from friends & family. Most of this was conflicting or very confusing . Bringing Independent Building Advice in allowed us to focus back on what we wanted and also understand what was realistic. With their experience we were also able to include items we hadn’t even thought of and rearrange a few items that could have cost us thousands in variations during the build.
Andrew S
From Kensington
Until I found Independent Building Advice I found the whole building process to be overwhelming - the knowledge we grecieved gave us the confidence to build. Everything being broken up into sections allowed us to access the right information when we needed it and not too much information at once. IBA was informative and easy to follow - and I referred back to them when I needed it. Once you have decided to build, IBA was invaluable. Even a year down the track the information is still there and so helpful.
Annie H
From Beeliar
We had signed up with a builder and everything was going great.
When we got the kitchen plans back, the builder had changed it and we hated it. They tried to push us to just accept it.
We were not sure what to do. Our friends suggested one thing but we were not sure. We reached out to Behan and the IBA crew. They redesigned the kitchen to work better within the builder’s requirements and then told us what to do and say.
Today we’re living in a kitchen we love thanks to IBA.
Kristy O
From Southern River

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