by chloe on 31st March 2016
Having any sort of building work on your home can be a very stressful time for you and your family. Essentially, you’re going to have part of your home opened up and unusable for a good period of time as work is being done. Needless to say, this can cause a lot of tension and inconvenience at home.
Consider this blog as your guide to make living with building work easier and less stressful.
Pets and Children are often the most affected during construction, especially dogs and young children, with strangers walking around their home. The best thing to reassure them is to simply introduce them to the builders, so they know they’re not intruders and they’re safe.
Also it helps the builders conduct their work safely if they know if you have pets or children throughout construction as they know to be aware of their presence and are more careful when leaving tools or building material lying around.
Two of the biggest pain points with any construction on your home is your kitchen or bathroom being disrupted. The best piece of advice I can give is discuss this with your builders. Obviously, if they’re building or doing work in either rooms, there’s nothing you can do.
If not but it appears the builders will be taking up those spaces throughout the day and be putting those rooms out of action, it doesn’t have to be. Good, considerate builders will work around your routine, so they won’t take up your kitchen or bathrooms unless they have to. If this is not possible, it might be worth staying at either friends or family during the building work. With a trustworthy firm, you shouldn’t have a problem with them looking after your property while you are gone.
Plan your building work according to the seasons. Late Spring all the way through to late summer is the best time to do work that would involve exposing your home. It reduces the chance of rain or storm damage.
If you’re building a conservatory or orangery, your garden is also going to be a building site and can cause some damage, especially if over along period of time. Building materials and tarpaulin left on your lawn over time can kill grass quickly, so prepare for this and expect to replant glass afterwards. This is to be expected and builders tend to be as considerate as possible.
The running theme of this guide is choosing and working with good builders and contractors. Needless to say, rogue builders and cowboy tradesmen have given us in the construction industry a bad name. Besides a good job, a good builder would match the work with the service they provide, taking care of your property as if it were their own. Here are a few ways to spot a good builder.
Online Reviews – Living in the digital age, a good firm will have a online footprint and you’ll be able to find online reviews from happy customers.
References – Despite online reviews, a good builder would still have a few references that he can turn to vouch for them.
Accreditation – A good building company or contractor would have official accreditation for their work.
For more information about how Framemaster provides a good service or to further discuss your requirements, please get in touch with a member of our team or call us on 0121 745 7475.