Top Tips to Minimise Disruption During a Renovation Project
You may have found the ideal Edinburgh location for your next home and a property that almost meets your needs, but are teetering on the brink of taking the plunge for fear that your planned renovation project will wreak havoc on your life.
1 Feb 2018
The good news is that there are things that you can do to help minimise disruption during a renovation project, so you can create the home of your dreams without losing the plot along the way.
Stick with Your Design
It does not matter how big or small your renovation plans are, if you continually make changes as the work progresses, it will add both time and additional costs to the project. To prevent this from happening, have a well-planned design along with solutions to possible problems.
This can increase your comfort levels and give builders the space and environment to work in the quickest and most effective way possible. You may even find that the time saved on the work will effectively cover the expense of paying for temporary accommodation.
Have a ‘Base Camp’
This is the alternative to moving out and involves setting out a renovation-free area to live in while works are being carried out. This may involve transforming a spare bedroom into a temporary kitchen, for example.
Take Care of the Team
Taking care of your builders can have benefits for both sides, so ensure that you hire a portable toilet if possible, provide an area where they can take breaks and tell them where the best place to park is.
Take Budget Care
Do not expect to keep to your initial budget ‘by magic’. You will need to keep reassessing your spending and adjusting where necessary, especially if you face unforeseen costs. This is where having a buffer contingency of ten per cent can be important.
Brief the Neighbours
Maintain goodwill by letting your neighbours know about your plans, such as when large delivery vehicles will be at the property and make sure that your builders do not block shared access unnecessarily or create undue mess which affects neighbouring properties.
It can also pay to introduce your team to your neighbours to foster good feeling and to allay any fears they may have about having strangers working in the area.
If you have not hired a project manager, you need to take it upon yourself to ensure that your site is left tidy at the close of play each day. Each trade should keep their own work area tidy, but there is always some shared mess that no one will take responsibility for. Taking on this responsibility yourself will make sure that your workers can just get on with their primary tasks when they come in.
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