If you want top tips on building works, ask an expert. Who could be better placed than three local homeowners recently interviewed by ClearPlan.
Talking to Mark, Jill and Jo as part of our research into the experience that people have had of undertaking significant building projects without using any independent support or advice, their top tips would be :
·Be prepared to have to manage the process much more than you think you will – it is not possible to get what you want from the build unless you have the time and determination to be really involved with it
·Go to specialists for items that are costly like bathrooms, kitchens and windows – you may spend a bit more money but you will not be left with random leaks and poor finishing
·Never underestimate how cold it can be if you start building works over the winter months
·Where you are sourcing items like tiles, work with the builder and use his suppliers to get the discounts that he does. Even if you are using different suppliers, still ask what discounts or deals are available – you will be amazed
·Consider independent project management. Getting a proper timeline for the works, having help with building up a realistic budget and having someone on your side to check over and where necessary, challenge the drawings or building would have been very helpful.
If you are planning a home extension, renovation or rebuild ClearPlan are here to offer help and advice. We work with customers to provide professional project management services ensuring that your building project will be finished on time, in budget and to the standard you expect.