The seven ‘P’s is a British military adage which stand for: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. This mantra is particular important when it comes to undertaking building works on your home. You want to be certain you have made adequate preparations to avoid making a costly and stressful mistake. Firstly, before a trowel or a paintbrush is picked up you should check if you are allowed to make the changes you want. You may need to seek planning permission, get building approval or even permission from a landlord, leaseholder or listed building or environmental officer. If you are unsure at this stage it may be best to employ a surveyor or architect who can handle any planning applications. Once you have cleared this hurdle your next challenge is to find a reliable and accomplished building contractor. The best way to find a recommended contractor is to ask around at work or amongst your friends and family if anyone has previously had any work done and can recommend their contractor. Of course, you will then want to check references for yourself of the potential contractor – one way to do this is by asking to see pictures of similar work they’ve done (or even check it out in person). Be wary of any Home Improvement Contractors who are unwilling or unable to provide references of any kind.
Check for membership of any trade or regulatory bodies. Particularly if you are having any electrical or gas works done then your installer must be registered with the appropriate body. Before proceeding with the works sit down with your contractor and make sure to ask them any and all questions you may have. At this stage you will want to give them full details of the exact works that are required in order that they can give you their quote (and make sure it is a fixed quote as opposed to an ‘estimate’ which can be increased without notice). During your interview ask yourself how easy it is to communicate with your contractor, as this is an important quality which will determine how smoothly the build process will go. If you are happy with everything so far make sure that the job details and quote get put into writing, preferably in the form of a building contract, and that everything is clear and agreed before the work begins.
Contractors in Chambersburg is a friendly neighbourhood handyman and building contracting service which can offer home improvement, home maintenance and home repairs services no matter how big or small the job. They have the expertise to tackle every job from new home builds to those annoying odd jobs that you don’t have the time or skills to do yourself. Some examples of their contracting skills include: demolition, laying foundations, building framing, electrical work, plumbing installation, tiling, deck building, cabinetry, general repairs, painting and decorating, laying insulation and roofing. They are also skilled at commercial building works and able to tackle projects involving retail, office or restaurant spaces and hotels.