Make sure you know how to Plan and Organise Property Renovation and Home Improvements

publication date: Jul 28, 2009
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

The renovation project costs aren’t everything, you also need to make sure you ask the right questions from the contractors and think through and plan:-

1.  How long will it take for the carpet to be fitted? One day, two days or longer?
2.  Who moves all the furniture?
3.  Is any of the furniture too heavy to move yourself?
4.  Where will you store the furniture while the carpet is being fitted?
5.  What time will the workmen start and finish?
6.  Who will clean up any mess? If the contractors do, will they do it to yours or their satisfaction?
7.   Are the contractors insured to do the work? What if they break something in your home or cut through a wire?
8.   What happens if you aren’t happy with the work carried out? Who do you complain to?
9.   When do you pay for the job? Do they need a deposit upfront? Do you only pay when the job is completed?
10.  What if you place an order and the company goes bust? Is any money you pay, such as a deposit, insured?

To properly work out what your home improvement and renovation costs will be, you need to really understand what the project involves and especially focus on ensuring you know what questions to ask BEFORE you jump in and go ahead with it!

1.   Make a list of what you want doing. 
2.   Find out how long the project will take, you may be able to buy a carpet today, but how quickly will it be delivered?
3.   List all the people/companies involved, for example when fitting a kitchen, you’ll need the kitchen, but you are likely to need electrical and plumbing work too and may be new flooring and/or lighting fitted? 
4.   Ensure you know how much you will be spending on materials and labour separately.
5.   Make sure you have a contract signed between you and the contractors.
Finally, always ensure you discuss with material suppliers and contractors what happens if things go wrong, such as incorrect items supplied or fitted, mistakes or accidents do happen, so what’s the contingency plan and how would they handle a dispute between you?

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