Your property in the UK is a vital investment that should be protected in the best way possible. Regardless as to whether it is a residential or commercial property, doing the maintenance work offers a lot of benefits. When you make the decision to perform the maintenance work, you can opt to do it by yourself or hire a company to help you in this process. If it is just the simple property maintenance work, you can do it by yourself. However, if it is maintenance that requires complex tasks it is always advisable to choose the best company to work on your project. Before looking at the different types of maintenance work, let us look at the benefits of doing maintenance of your property. Continue reading
Is your development an opportunity to improve the thermal performance and lower the running costs of your new home?
Your existing house may currently suffer thermally in areas due to condensation, single glazed windows, poor ventilation and the lack of loft insulation. This could be an ideal time to improve the sustainability of your home whilst saving you money in the long term.
Older properties have the most to gain in this respect, there are many easy wins if you know what to look for.
You should think about the following:
- Cavity wall insulation
- Loft Insulation
- Energy efficient windows and doors
- Upgrade your boiler & radiators – will your existing heating system be able to cope with your new plans?
- Solar panels
- Ground source or air source heat pumps?
Your architect should be able to advise on the best strategies to make a leap in thermal efficiency in your home. Sustainability aside, this is an opportunity to make your home much more comfortable.
Having read the above key points you have a great basis in which to form your brief with your architect. This will save time throughout the process allowing you to be clear about your expectations from the outset, and ask your professionals to deliver the desired finished result.
If you know from the outset what your budget is, and what you would be prepared to spend, then a professional architect will always try to bring projects in under budget and provide the best value. However, most people want more than can actually achieve with their budget. Unless you tell your architect what your budget is, then there is no way that they can tell you whether your expectations are realistic.
As exciting as your project may be, try to be realistic and honest about the money available. Another point to remember is that generally speaking extensions and alterations are not zero VAT.
Therefore bear in mind that your spending power is reduced by 1/6th of your budget. VAT will be charged on all builder’s fees, materials, building control fees and professional fees. It is commonplace in the building industry for all prices to be quoted nett of VAT.
The good news is that there is no VAT charged on planning application fees, works to adjust a home to suit the requirements of a person with disabilities or works to create a new dwelling. However legislation changes all the time, it is worth consulting HMRC for the latest information.
As a rule of thumb indication of the overall cost of your extension, you can expect to pay approximately £1000 to £1250 per square metre for the building cost. This will of course vary in relation to the quality and complexity of construction.
Ahhhh the joys of a new build. Fresh and never been touched, why would you not want a brand spanking new house? It’s for you to bed in and everything should be hunky-dory… There are some problems that can arise, though, and because the house hasn’t been lived in, you’re essentially the ‘testee’. You may come across problems to start with, such as minor leaks, electricity issues or heating problems. They’re more common than you may think, and the reason behind any problem is usually carelessness on the builder’s part.
We recommend you test everything you can before building work comes to an end, and you should always be looking out for any issues and pointing them out to the project manager. Make sure you’re involved with the new property all the way through its construction because it can mean you run into fewer problems when the work is complete.
With the passage of time, most things age – some age well and some don’t. Building and houses are no different. Buildings are constructed to last and there are many that have lasted for very many years. However, buildings do not stand for centuries on their own and require regular maintenance to ensure that their fabric remains in place and their structure is retained. The process of regular damage control is referred to as building restoration.
What causes wear and tear on buildings?
Among the things that can affect the building’s structure includes busy streets and the amount of pollution surrounding the building. Most towns never sleep and, obviously, are teeming with vitality. With this condition, buildings in most towns suffer from the condensed population and the pollution that is naturally there.
You’ve to complete restoration of buildings that are very old and have suffered a lot, not only from pollution but from various weather conditions and natural calamities such as earthquakes. So what can you do to preserve the beauty of your edifice? Continue reading