Forgetting to Check Planning Permission for your Home Improvement
Before beginning any Home Improvement project it is crucial to understand and know all rules and regulations to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law. Depending on the size of the project you may need to apply for planning permission from the local council. A quick phone may be all that is needed to explain what your project is going to be and if there is anything that you should be aware. They should be able to advise you on any permissions required and whether you will need building regulations approval. Also, be aware that you may have to notify your neighbour under the Party Wall Act – if you fall foul of this you may have to pay compensation to your neighbour.
When costs stretch on for – what seems like – ever it is easy to opt for the cheaper option when choosing materials for the job. However, for long lasting materials that you won’t have to repair or fix in a few short months or years choose the right materials for the job especially in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.
With so many sites out there for finding a trusted, reliable tradesman it has become easier than ever before to check whether a builder is a member and certified such as the FMB or Checkatrade. Also, ask for details of previous Home Improvement clients and contact them for feedback asking questions such as was the building completed on time, did they stick to the budget and would you recommend them to a friend?
Under-Estimating the Budget Needed
It often is easier to underestimate the costs of a project versus over-estimating. This is mostly down to inexperience as it is likely to be a project you’ve not completed before. To get a more accurate reflection of prices look into similar projects completed in your local area and find out more. Added to this, you can break down the project into tasks and for each task you can compile a list of materials and tools which will make it more accurate. Finally, don’t forget to ask your architect or builder for a proposed budget for the work.
Here in the UK we are a nation of budding DIY enthusiasts and there is no better way to spend a free day down at the local garden centre or DIY store. A great amount of pride comes from completing a Home Improvement project and standing back to admire your handiwork. For small projects such as re-decoration, doing up the garden or refurbishment definitely ask experienced friends and family to chip in. However, for large-scale projects such as extensions, conversions or home renovations then definitely find a tradesperson that you can trust and rely on with the experience of projects this size.
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