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Avoid Problems when Renovating your Home

Nov 28th 2015 at 4:59 AM

If you’re preparing to have building work, repairs, or renovations done on your home, the following steps will help you save money, stress, and time.


1. Find out if permission or approval is needed

Before you move forward with work on your home, you may need to get different kinds of permission and approval.

Check if you require:

- Building regulations approval –even for smaller improvements, you may need building regulations approval. For example, when replacing doors or windows.

- Planning permission –if you’re making a major change or building something new, you may require planning permission. For example, when having an extension built.


If you hire a contractor that is fully registered in the UK with a “competent person scheme”, you’ll not have to apply yourself for building regulations approval. These schemes are government approved.

Otherwise, however, you should submit a full plans application or building notice to the Building Control Body. Sometimes they will charge a fee to inspect any work you have done.


If you need approval or permission

To apply for planning permission or building regulations approval you might need to hire an architect or surveyor to help. Their fees can be high, and if you find it difficult to afford, find out about making an application to the Chartered Surveyor's Voluntary Scheme. If you are successful with your application, you can obtain the services of an architect or surveyor free of charge.


Conservation areas

Before having work carried out on your home, check with the local council to find out if you reside in a conservation area.


If you’re a leaseholder

If you are in ownership of the leasehold (not freehold) of your home, check your lease. Permission may have to be granted from the freeholder prior to work commencing. The lease may state that changes are not permitted, but you can still ask for permission from the freeholder. There might be costs involved in doing so.

If you proceed with building work without approval or permission, you could be prosecuted, fined, or be forced to put things right.


2. Finding good contractors or builders

To find a reliable contractor that will do quality work, ask for references from various contractors and ask around for recommendations.

Find out about:

- A few examples of work that is similar to yours that the contractor has completed.

- The contact details of people that the contractors carried out the work for. Get in touch rather than relying on written references, since written references are not always genuine proof.


If you are looking for a reliable building contractor in the Brighton & Hove area, get in touch with .

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