New Year, New House Project

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Matthew Charlton | 9/01/19

Happy new year to you all! 

With a new year comes new goals, which for many will be in the shape of a new home project.  This can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Whether it be a home extension, loft conversion, new home build or house renovation the key is planning and getting honest, qualified tradespeople.  There are also regulations that need to be adhered to, timelines that need to be kept to and finances to keep in check.  Here we have highlighted a couple of points to get you on your way to starting your home project in 2019.

To begin, can you answer the following questions?

  • How are you going to use your new space?
  • What will it be used for?
  • How is the flow or your property going to work?
  • Do you have the budget to cover the design?
  • Are you familiar with the planning process, do you know if you require planning?
  • Are you aware of the building regulations that will need to be adhered to?

Once you have a good idea of the answers to these questions it would be time to get some drawings put together for your build project and gain building consent if required (it is possible your extension may fall within permitted development rights, click here to review if permission is required).

When the drawings are in place and consent sought now is the time to look for a builder.  It’s important to make the right decision when instructing a builder after all your home is at stake.

Get recommendations - ask around, speak to your architect, tradespeople, family, and friends.  When enquiring about the builder be sure to ask what they're basing their recommendation on.  A good recommendation would cover aspects not only of the work the builder undertook (although this is, of course, an important part) but also their communication, understanding of your requirements, timings and budget management.

Visit completed work - generally, builders will work within a specific radius of their base, therefore you should find if a builder is based in your area their jobs will be.    Visiting completed work will allow you to gain a good idea of the type of build they provide and the standard of work.  At Upright Construction we would be more than happy to put you in contact with our clients.  To view examples of our recently completed projects click here.

Gain references - all good, reputable builders will be more than happy to provide you with customer references and if required put you in touch with previous customers for an unbiased opinion.

Search online - Google your potential builder, review their online channels to gain insight into their jobs and the way they work.  You may come across online reviews, credible sites will check the authenticity of the review before posting, www.houzz.com is an example of this best practice.

Detailed quotation - ensure the finer points are covered.  A good quotation of work should include all the information you need, down to the type and size of products to be utilised so you know exactly what you're paying for.  Within the quotation should be terms of payment.

Insurance - not an area to gloss over, should anything go wrong you need to know that your builder is adequately covered.  Some areas of build may require a specific type of insurance or insurance amount.

Visit their premises - if the builder has a base you can visit go along and get a good feel for the type of people they are, don't forget they will be working in your home.

If you're keen to update your home in 2019, contact us on 01737 245040, our team will be more than happy to discuss your project with you.

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