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If you are planning to renovate or refurbish a house, you will need to make sure you hire the right professionals. Plentific can help you organise your project quickly by generating a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that provide the services you need and also gives you quick access to customer reviews and references to help you make your decision. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about house renovation or refurbishment?
Renovating or refurbishing a house can be a huge job that will require multiple tradesmen. Plan carefully and have a strict budget in place. Even if you need to amend this as you go along, it will give you and your tradesmen anchoring - you do not want the cost of your project to get out of control.
If you start off working with an architect, or call in a different expert to assess the property, it is likely that they will be able to recommend other tradesmen that they have worked with in the past. Regardless, be sure to check the qualifications and experience of those you. They may have completed an apprenticeship, may have college or tradesman organisation-backed qualification, or in the case or architects will have degrees. For any workers you take on, be sure that they have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS) as this will vouch for their abilities and also proves that they have passed a CITB health, safety and environment test. Another good indication of expertise is if your choice is a member of a tradesmen’s organisation, as such groups will usually enforce strict standards and codes of conduct for members. You should also ask your choices for access to customer reviews and feedback - this can include pictures of finished results from previous jobs.
You will need to give careful consideration to your project. It is good to get a tradesman to assess the condition of the house. This could be done by a builder, architect, surveyor or another professional - whoever you choose, be sure they are qualified and have experience with properties similar to yours. Necessary work could include re-plastering or repainting, restoration work, new heating systems or several other potential tasks. Getting an assessment is crucial to determine exactly what your project will require, what tradesmen will have to be involved and how long it will take. You may be able to save money by doing certain jobs such as decorating yourself, but do not take cheap options for important jobs as this will likely end up costing you more down the line.
Projects of this nature will need to following building regulations. Approval can be given by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) or by a private company if they are an approved inspector. Building regulations approval is required for any structural work or alterations made to your home, including work related to drainage, heat-producing appliances, cavity wall insulation and electrics. Be sure to check with your local authority to make sure of what is needed. Your tradesmen should be able to arrange all of this for you, though fees may be involved. Most local authorities will have fee calculators to help you estimate how much the applicant inspections will cost. Once the building is finished, you should be given a Completion Certificate, which shows that the work has been completed to the inspector’s satisfaction.
With all of your tradesmen, ensure that they have adequate guarantees and insurance in place relating to accidental damage. You should also make sure they have a policy in place for if after-care is required, such as repairs for poor workmanship or structural defects.
How much does house renovation or refurbishment cost?
The price of renovating or refurbishing a house depends on the amount of work involved. Depending on the state of the property, you may require multiple tradesmen for different specialist tasks, and of course this means a large bill. Re-routing gas can cost over £2000, new windows can cost £4000 for the entire house, and installing a new heating system can cost over £6500. The final cost depends entirely on the work you specifically need done. It is better to fully assess the property beforehand, rather than discover jobs to be done as you go along, as this will make sure you have the budget to go through with the project. There are ways to save money, such as doing some of the labour or removing furniture and waste yourself, but do not be cheap when it comes to specialist jobs as this will undoubtedly cost you more down the line. You can also save by keeping designs simple.
For long term projects you may be asked to pay a deposit. If this is the case, do not be pressured into paying too much up front. See if you can pay in installments, as this means you can withhold the final payment if you are unsatisfied with the finished work. When getting quotes, be sure to ask for a price breakdown, and have several quotes to compare.