One of the most stressful situations for many households in the UK is when they’re planning work to be carried out on their home. In certain surveys, this can even prove to be classed as more stressful than moving home or having a baby! What needs to be kept in mind is that planning is the most helpful task you can carry out when it comes to organising work to be carried out for you by a tradesman. Most people think that the tradesman themselves will carry out all the necessary planning and when this doesn’t happen, this can lead to not only unnecessary stress, but also even delays or more money required to complete the job. The saying is true that if you fail to prepare, then you must prepare to fail, so keep in mind some important planning when you arrange a home renovations job.
Obtain Permission Beforehand
Many jobs that you plan to carry out on your home may require the approval of a local authority or council. You should always plan ahead in these instances. Check with your local authority to see if you need planning permission and if so, then find out as much as you can about doing so. You should at this point speak to your tradesman about how long it may take to obtain planning permission and thus how long it’ll take for the job to be completed. If you fail to obtain planning permission when it’s needed, you may find yourself in the middle of a job and suddenly being halted. Most tradesman aren’t going to push ahead with a job when there’s no planning permission. They’ll normally require this before starting and this is the correct way of planning ahead. If your work is going to affect your neighbours, also consider asking them about it previous to starting, or at the very least letting them know about it. It’ll save any disputes later down the line and will ease the stress of having the work carried out.
Arrange a Schedule and Have a Contingency Plan
Before agreeing to a contract with any tradesman, you should agree with them a detailed schedule. Always get a start date and find out whether your tradesman has other jobs lined up before yours. If you have a long-term project, get detailed progress dates and agree to a payment schedule to reflect these. If your tradesman can’t meet the deadlines you agree on, you should be able to arrange for some kind of compensation. Having a contingency plan is usually a good safety measure also when you’re having large jobs carried out. If you’re prepared for the unexpected, you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises and the tradesman will be liable to maintain his end of the deal also. Remember to listen closely to the tradesman and read the contract in depth. They may outline some possible issues that can affect the date the work will be completed on your home, so pay attention to every detail.
Stick to your Goals
When you make a set plan, try and stick to it. Veering off the plan is going to end up costing you time and money in the long run and it’s far more beneficial to write the plans up and stick to them religiously. You should also ensure that your planning stage includes some kind of budget that you stick to and won’t be budged from. Your tradesman should also be aware of your budget and should agree that he or she won’t surpass it. Keep as much cash to yourself as possible, try paying by credit card or cheque and preferably when the job is completed to your satisfaction. If you can adhere to all of the tips above, you should have planned significantly well enough to have a painless experience with your tradesman.