What does extending my home really mean?
Dmh Architectural Services
ARCHITECT, architectural design, Building Design
Now is the time to consider doing that extension, garage or loft conversion or even building that new house which you have been promising yourself. The merchants and building contractors are keen for your business and deals are there to be done.
Remember a well-planned home improvement will add sale potential of your property weather you sell immediately or a few years down the line.
So how do you start?...
Do you need planning?
What are building regulations?
I understand it can be a daunting thought of employing a builder!
Stick to the basics
1) Ensure you have a good set of detailed plans and specification. A work schedule is always worth the investment.
2) Choose a minimum of three contractors to price the work and check their competence i.e. federation of master builders, NHBC, gas safe or NICEIC. Ensure you have his name, address, telephone no and mobile no. Public liability no. and Vat registration no.
3) Ask for details of past customers and go see the work. Ask them about the work that was done on their house, ask to see were he is currently working and talk frankly to the other customers without the builder being there.
4) Don’t always go for the lowest quote you have to feel right about the person you are letting into your house it is important that you have confidence when employing a builder.
5) Ask about subcontractors for plumbing work electrical work. Be clear about who is responsible for them - you or him? (preferably him).
6) Never employ anyone coming to your door for work without checking him out first and be wary of someone offering to do the job “cash in hand”.
7) Never give tradesmen cash up front. All tradesmen can get materials on a 30 day builder merchant account.
8) Ask him lots of questions no matter how silly or awkward you think they might be i.e. What hours do you work? What are extras and how do we deal with them? What about a retention sum and time scale?
9) Sign a formal contract with him agreeing commencement and completion dates, price and payment methods and retention of monies for defects that may arise from the work done and agree a set period of time. The builder will have to come back to put right any defects before this retention money is released.
10) If at any stage you are unhappy with his work tell him immediately to give him chance to put it right at minimum cost.
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, architectural design
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