Citizens Advice advises that following the 6 simple steps below should help you save time, money and stress when you’re preparing to get building work, renovations or repairs done on your home. They should also help you avoid problems with builders, plumbers or other contractors, eg decorators and electricians, they say.
Step 1: Check if you need permission or approval
Step 2: How to find good builders or contractors
Step 3: Get quotes before you decide who to use
Step 4: Check there’s insurance in place
Step 5: Get a written contract
Step 6: Be prepared to deal with problems
Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 if you need more help – a trained adviser can give you advice over the phone. You can also use their online form.
Working With an Architect on Your Home
Check out the advice from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and download their various free guides, including their information and advocacy on the benefits of Working With an Architect on Your Home .
Ian Banks has been a Chartered RIBA Architect now for over 30 years, and would be delighted to assist you. Call him now on 07717710014 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Further information and guides are also accessible off the new Houzz Pro website for Atoll Architecture.