DIY Renovation

By: Retail trade  07-Jul-2011
Keywords: Bathroom Accessories, Shower Screens, Floor Tiles

 DIY, Builders and Trades? Do you have the time, skill and inclination for DIY or DIWT (Do It With Trades). If not, get a builder. Selecting a builder and tradespersonThis can be a difficult task because many tradespeople, perhaps because their skills are in high demand, do not see the need to act professionally (for example: by calling you when they are running late). They often operate on their own time and many have absolutely no awareness of neighbours and the environment (and will often leave their mess for you to clean up). Some will get upset if you criticize their work, rather than try to correct their mistake or explain why they have done the work a certain way. So... given that there are professional tradespeople out there, and that you do have some choice: •Check references. If a tradesperson doesn't want to give you a reference, don't use him or her. Either they are no good or too precious. When checking previous work, ask the previous client:?were they happy with the work??was it on time and on budget??did the contractor clean up??did the contractor accept suggestions or criticism?•Don't necessarily take the lowest bid from a builder or contractor. If a quote is well below the others it could mean the contractor is cutting corners. •Always have a 2nd choice for contractors.•Make tradespeople contact you if they cannot turn up. If they don't, fire them and use your 2nd choice. •Establish ground rules if necessary on smoking, music and rubbish (e.g., who cleans up and where rubbish will be stacked).•If your tradesperson is working on an hourly basis, ask them if they come with an apprentice, because you will have to pay for them too.Working hours•Be clear on timelines - for when and how long they will be working.•Be clear on their daily working hours and start time which must never be before 7 am (unless you live far away and have NO neighbours)Keep communication going •Be clear with your builder about the lines of communication with him and their trades people. Advise them of the level of information that you require regarding what is happening •Specify position of underground services as written on original plumbing and electrical diagrams •Find out if the driveway will be kept clear, and when the power and water will be off?

Keywords: Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Furniture, Bathroom Renovations, Bedding and Bedroom Furniture, Bedroom Furniture, Bedroom Suites, Floor Tiles, Floor Tiling, Home Renovations, Kitchen Designs, Kitchen Renovations, Shower Screens, Timber & Flooring, Timber Floors, Wall Tiles

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