How We Work

Where we identify potential savings or improvements in a property development or investment property, a detailed review is suggested and a price for this service is quoted to you. There are up to 7 steps involved in a detailed review by Design Doctors.

You can choose the level of service you want. A separate fee is quoted for each step of the service, according to your preference. Fees vary with the size and complexity of the work involved. We will always aim to improve your bottom line and save you more than our fees – often much more.

Through our long-standing real estate connections, we are able to offer you a BUYER’S AGENCY service. A Buyer’s Agent has your best interests foremost and will assist you to find and negotiate the purchase of a property that fits your brief. Often this will save you time and money. You will know the property you buy has been inspected by a property expert. Our principals, as investors and developers, have bought, developed and/or owned several hundred properties themselves.

To be successful, a property strategy, investment or property development project must be market-relevant. Research is required. Relevant information must be gathered. Potential pitfalls should be considered and an exit strategy identified. A risk analysis and initial feasibility study may be carried out at this stage. Research into finance options may be included.

Prudent property selection and analysis – be it buying an existing building, part of a building or a bare site – is often where money is made. Poor purchasing choices can be difficult to overcome. Design Doctors can assist you to reduce your property purchasing risks. If you are looking for a property to buy, talk to us first for an independent opinion. Ultimately however, your decisions are your own. We are not financial advisors, have no vested interest, do not sell properties – we simply want you to be successful.

We review the planning and design aspects of your property or project. Our aim is to minimise critical design mistakes. We may suggest alternative design options to save you cost and/or to make improvements that will return a premium.

There is no substitute for good design. Design mistakes are costly and often cannot be undone once built.

The choice of construction method and materials can significantly influence the cost and duration of a project. We aim to identify and recommend construction methods and/or materials with a view to saving money and time.

Construction costs form a major cost item. Design, materials and methodologies play signicant roles.

Design Doctors regularly monitors innovations.

The choice of structural system has a bearing on cost, as well as time to complete. We review your proposed structural system and make recommendations where costs may be trimmed or alternative designs considered. We aim to make sensible recommendations that take into account your objectives in the project, utilising our access to experience, knowledge and industry contacts.

An economical structural system that is easy and quick to build and appropriate to the location, or resources available, can mean significant savings. Expensive structural solutions invariably do not add to the value of a building in any way, while hurting your budget.

Design changes can simplify code compliance requirements, thereby generating savings.

A certification check can be carried out to identify potential savings.

Compliance requirements for buildings involving national codes, standards and local regulations continue to become more complex. Strategic changes in design can result in significant savings through eliminating costly regulatory compliance requirements.​​

If required, we can assist with preparing finance submissions and sourcing equity and/or debt.
Our team can design and coordinate the production of marketing collateral, identify suitable selling strategies and manage the selling process.
Participants learn how to unlock the hidden wealth in their own properties to increase their net worth and learn about the importance of good design.
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