If you’re having renovations or an extension done on your home, there are a few things you should check before the builders arrive. We’ve put together a guide to help you make sure that you’re prepared for construction to begin.
Check If You Need Building Permissions
Any significant modifications to your home will require planning permission. Even changing your bathroom will require approval from the Building Regulations. If you’re in any doubt about what permissions you need, make sure you discuss this with your builders before any work commences. Failure to do so may land you with a penalty from the local authority, and could make it very difficult to sell your home in future. You could even be forced to undo the work, so it’s not worth the risk of proceeding without permission.
If you’re a leaseholder, you’ll also need to check with your freeholder if the work you intend to carry out is okay. They can ask you to pay a fee for this permission, so be prepared to negotiate a fair arrangement if this is the case.
Find Trustworthy Builders
Any construction work that you carry out on your home needs to be done to a high standard. Finding a trustworthy builder doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s a job that can take some time. Do your research before hiring them, and ask to see examples of their work.
Faulty building work can be very dangerous. If the company you’ve hired is carrying out construction, plumbing and electrical work, ensure that they’re qualified to do all of this. You can also look out for any memberships they have with approved trader schemes, like the Federation of Master Builders. These schemes keep construction companies accountable and ensure they produce high quality work.
Check You & Your Builders’ Insurance
It’s vital that your builders have public liability and employer’s liability insurance. Without it, you could be liable for any injuries or accidents that occur on site. Ask to see your contractor’s insurance policy, and double-check that it won’t expire before the work is complete.
You’ll also want to contact your home or contents insurance provider as well. Sometimes, they won’t cover you while construction is taking place. You may need to pay a little extra for this for the duration of the work.
If You Need Builders, Choose Rees Bros
Our team can carry out all manner of building work, including renovations and extensions. We’re fully insured and proud members of the Federation of Master Builders. For a free site survey and quotation, give us a call today.