What possibilities can a new building bring instead of renovation?

A thorough examination, which may bring to light the options offered by a new build instead of refurbishment is an important step in assessing whether it is appropriate to renovate or whether a new build should be considered. The more changes would have to be made to an existing building, in particular to the structurally relevant components and the shell construction, the more likely it is that the cash requirements for a renovation exceed the cost of a new build.


New technical facilities and individual living dreams speak for the new building

In addition, there are still further reasons in favour of a new build: Retrofitting of ventilation or thermal insulation may be difficult or impossible, the age of the technical systems as well as problematic substances in old pipes may cause challenges, and small floor plans may make structural changes and comfortable living virtually impossible. In contrast, with a new build, virtually all individual requirements can be met, includes an energy-saving building shell and a needs-based floor plan. In addition, the owner will benefit from a long interval before having to renovate again, as all technical systems are up-to-date. This in turn gives him the prospect of significantly greater cost security. It would be recommendable, however, to involve an architect right from the start. Various areas may require reputable and, in particular, professional evaluation.


First steps after decision-making 

Should a new build offer a valuable alternative, then the first step is to check the zoning plan and the applicable building regulations. Coefficient of utilisation, heights, distance towards boundaries, as well as possible primary development plans (design plan, land use plan) are key influencing factors in respect of the construction opportunities on a property. Furthermore, there may be stipulations due to construction law, environmental constraints or in the interest of public health and safety. It is essential to consider private agreements in the form of easements during the planning process, in order to avoid private law conflicts. The building permit will be granted if the building project complies with the Swiss federal, cantonal, and municipal provisions.


In terms of time management, the risk of objection and a subsequent time delay in the building construction should be factored in. Furthermore, it needs to be assessed whether one wishes to live in the building oneself or even whether a multi-family dwelling is considered. This could be appealing, in particular, in financial terms, because the costs are split between several parties or, if a dwelling is let, refinanced via the rent.


In any event, the decision making should be thorough and aided by professionals. 

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