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    My Top Tips for Renovation Projects

    Last week I had a customer phone me asking about a builder who had quoted for some major building work for her, it was apparent that she was doing her homework and rightly so.

     

    So whilst going through all his credentials and customer feedback the customer was happy that they were not going to become a disappearing act you hear so much about on programmes such as Cowboy Builders. It’s always worth doing your homework to seek reliable trades’ people – however much you are looking to spend.

    So, here are some top tips and questions you ask before you go ahead with any work. It’s also a little insight into my own renovations a few months ago!

     

    1. Ask for a written quote before agreeing to any work. The more specific the quote you’re given before work begins, the better. All labour and material costs should be documented, and ideally timeframes too. The quote may also include VAT if the business is big enough. If the work is going to cost a significant sum of money, then it’s well worth drawing up a contract. Get a number of different quotes so you can compare costing.
    2. Find out what their availability is – more often or not you will have to wait your turn, which is a good thing.
    3. Payment structure is up to you, try not to pay everything upfront. It’s always best to pay for segments of work after they’re completed, as you can check the standard before parting with your money.
    4. Get references from past customers – most good trades’ people will be happy to show you their work and keen for you to speak to past customers. When I had my kitchen done in Oct, the carpenter arranged for me to look at his last project and talk to the customer as he wanted to show me what he could do.
    5. If you’re using a Gas engineer http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/ or electricians http://www.niceic.com/ they will have to be approved by their associations
    6. Do they have relevant insurance? Ensuring they have adequate cover, could save a lot of heartache down the line. This is also a useful test for filtering out potential cowboys.
    7. Communicate – may seem stilly as of course you are going to speak to the trades’ people however sometimes a simple misunderstanding or lack of communication can turn a small issue into something else. Always liaise with your tradesperson when they arrive and when they finish for the day. If it was anything like my kitchen and bathroom project the trades will always be asking where you want this or if they have an issue like the wrong bath delivered from Wicks which happened to me they will come looking for you. I would rather have too many questions being thrown at me rather than too little.
    8. Accept that work is going to be happening. That means disruption to your normal routine, dust, debris and general banging of tools will happen. I used to lock myself away or head to the local coffee shop for some respite. Lucky for me we did get fed by various family members however I did get creative with the microwave for a while! 
    9. Enjoy the finished project – Keep focused as you wont be like that for ever I love showing off my kitchen and bathroom knowing that the disruption was definitely worth it.

     

    Thought you might want a look at my finished projects. I’m so chuffed with my new bathroom and kitchen! If you are looking for a recommended builder or any other trades person do take a look around and give me a call to discuss your home projects

    before and after kitchen photos photo Beforeandafter

    Monday, 17 Mar 2014

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