7 STARTING TIPS

 Planning a project ? Here's 7 top tips before you start...

7 THINGS TO DO BEFORE STARTING A HOME EXTENSION OR PROJECT

When embarking on the home extension journey it is essential that you consider the following:

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Prepare a DETAIL plan, design and specification; you may need to get an Architectural Technologist, Architect or Building Surveyor to assist.

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Ensure you have sufficient funds to complete your project; you may need to get a professionally prepared cost plan.

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Produce a set of contract documents including a bill of quantities and a contract; you may need to get a quantity surveyor on board.

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Pick at least three contractors in order to get a variety of quotes. If you have had a bill of quantities produced the quotes will be easier to analyse.

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Once the contractors have given you the quotes, go through them and check that everything has been included; if you have appointed a quantity surveyor they will do this for you. Remember that the lowest quote is not always the best quote.

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Short-list a minimum of two contractors, get references from them and go to see past jobs they have completed which are similar to your project.

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Ensure you put a payment schedule together; this should be based on the anticipated programme. You should try to pay contractors fortnightly based on the work that they have completed.

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