"We engaged Nikki from Test Before You Invest to help us with a renovation on our 1930s full brick art deco house. Her vision absolutely blew us away! Nikki came up with an architectural design within the existing footprint that reconfigured the layout to add a new bedroom and ensuite while creating a fantastic new open plan kitchen/living/dining area that opens onto our back yard.
She did this by thinking outside the box and repurposed unused space and corridors in our current layout to gain valuable space and improve the flow. We are in a heritage conservation area so this saved us the time and expense of a DA and allowed us to do the renovation as a CDC. She also organised and coordinated with a range of consultants (e.g. surveyor, structural engineer etc) which helped streamline the process.
Nikki's vision, architectural skill, passion and 'can do' attitude make her a huge asset for any project and I could not recommend her more highly!"
- Matthew | Owner| Roseville
"We recently purchased an investment property in Rose Bay. The property is very well situated with an outstanding view but was sadly in need of updating and renovation.
We were about to start the renovation work when we were lucky enough to be introduced to Nikki Quittner. Nikki suggested quite dramatic changes to our plans and I can only say that we are eternally grateful for her input. She has entirely transformed the unit and has maximised room, space and views. Nikki's enthusiasm, passion and energy is infectious and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her. Besides the plans and design produced by Nikki, she was also extremely helpful in dealing with strata and technical issues. Her advice proved invaluable. Thank you Nikki!"
- Trevor | Buyer | Rose Bay
"Nikki is an Architect with a difference. She provides cost effective architectural advice to explore a property’s potential before entering into a huge financial commitment of the purchase. Nikki is knowledgeable, thorough, articulate, passionate and engaging. It is an absolute pleasure to refer Test Before You Invest to my Clients. They provide a complementary extension of my service offering and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you!"
- Katherine | Buyers Agent | Sydney
"We recently moved into our new home, and wanted advice on what improvements we could do on our property. We found Nikki to be a fountain of knowledge and experience, and her advice was invaluable especially as we wanted to understand what we could do with our property first, rather than engage an architect/developer straight away.
Nikki helped us work through some possible designs but also gave us advice on council and regulatory requirements as well as some high level estimates to help set our expectations on the improvements. We found Nikki great to work with and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to embark on their own building improvement."
- Mark | Home Owner | Kensington
"The prospect of renovating our old terrace was something that gave us a great deal of consternation. Both being artists, we were totally out of our depth. But then, along came Nikki and made the entire process a complete pleasure. She’s one of these rare people who has both artistic ability and the knack of being able to communicate complex concepts in everyday language. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
- Simon | Home Owner | Newtown
"We embarked on this process hoping to gain more confidence before purchasing our property. Not only did they give us this confidence that what we wanted to do could be achieved, but Test Before You Invest took it that step further, coming up with a solution added so much value, for an even cheaper construction. We couldn't be happier. "
- Justine | Buyer | Frenchs Forest
"Test Before You Invest have extensive knowledge of how people can optimise their properties, and have developed a service that is useful for agents to use when they’re helping clients make their properties stand out. Agents can deliver more value to their clients and this service would be an extra option for clients with properties that have future uplift."
- Debra | National Property Strategist | Australia
"Test Before You Invest was so wonderful to work with. Their professionalism, extensive knowledge and helpful attitude was refreshing and made it so easy to discover the opportunities available for my property.
The Test Before You Invest assessment was so quick and easy to understand and helped me to make a more informed decision about what I could do with my property for such great value. I would highly recommend talking with Nikki at Test Before You Invest if you are wondering how you can add value to your property."
- Lisa | Owner| South Carringbah
"We were considering buying a renovator's delight in a heritage conservation area, on a small block. We had no idea what was possible with the block and dwelling, until we spoke to Nikki. The service was fantastic - and gave us a complete picture of the parameters and potential of this unique site. This business is a brilliant idea and very well executed - not to mention Nikki's friendly and professional conduct. Would highly recommend."
- Bonnie | Buyer | North Sydney