Tips for having construction work done

Time, effort, cash and stress can be saved by getting everything in order prior to the completion of building work. Using such an approach will also help you to avoid the possibility of problems with contractors, builders, plumbers and so on. As they say, if you fail to prepare then prepare to fail!

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Step 1: Determine if you require permission or approval

Before you can continue working on your home, you may need more than one kind of approval or permit.

Always check:

Even minor repairs such as replacing doors or windows may require approval under building regulations.

Planning permission- This is usually required to build or renovate something, such as an extension. If in doubt, always check with your local planning office who will be happy to advise.

If you use a registered contractor, your building regulation application does not have to be submitted by yourself. For Cheltenham Builders, contact

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You must submit the complete application or building notification to the Building Control Agency if you don’t use a contractor who is registered under a competent persons scheme. You will also be charged a fee to have them come to your home and inspect the work. If you need help applying for planning or building permits, an architect or surveyor may be required to assist you.

You are in a protected area – If you live in a conservation zone, it is important to check with the local council first before undertaking any work on your home. Protected areas have different rules and regulations as to any changes you can make. These are areas that have special protected features that could include natural, ecological or cultural importance. There are seven different categories that fall under the protected status so be sure to check that your property isn’t affected by any of them before starting work on the property.

Step 2: Finding a reliable builder or contractor

Referrals and recommendations are good ways to find contractors who will do a great job. Ask for contractor references if you cannot get recommendations from friends or family. You should ask for:

Recent examples of work similar to what you have planned

It’s better to call people who had work done, as written references may not be original.

Avoid contractors that refuse to provide references. This is a sign of dishonesty.

Do a thorough inspection.

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