HOW TO MAKE A START
Deciding that you want to re-design or extend your home is the easy part, but finding the right supplier to do the job can be a challenge. If you’re not moving out for the build, you need to choose a supplier that you get on with, as well as being competent in the required skillset.
The gold standard is to ask friends and neighbours for recommendations, check their body of work, talk to past clients and view actual projects they have completed. It’s advisable to check their credentials, insurances and any accreditations they may have too.
NappyValleyNet runs its own accreditation scheme for suppliers, indicated by a logo.
Finally, make the arrangement legal and binding through a contract. This must stipulate completion date, payment schedule and who has responsibility if subcontractors fail to deliver. Remember to agree any changes or additional costs in writing.
On the NAPPY VALLEY’S SOURCE BOOK OF TOP SUPPLIERS you’ll find an exhaustive list of suppliers categorised by their specialism.
TOP TIPS FOR A HAPPY & SUCCESSFUL PROJECT (WITH A SMILE)
1 Always add two weeks to your builders’ timeline for delivery of project, but DO NOT tell them you have done so
2 Never ask for – or accept – a ballpark cost. It will not be accurate and even though your builder will remind you of that, it is nigh on impossible to forget that original (usually lower) figure
3 Don’t get into a fight with a scaffolder; they are the hardest men in the building, but you should have seen the other guy (not a scratch on him!)
4 You can’t dig a basement quietly – so be nice to the neighbours
5 If you are decent and reasonable with a builder, the job will cost you less. The reverse is also true
6 If you have young children, don’t buy your dream kitchen; when they reach seven, buy the fancy-pants kitchen
7 You can overspend on AV. Don’t. Just get a decent TV and a Sonos system.
8 Wet underfloor heating is brilliant. Just do it.
9 New sash windows cost a lot of money but don’t try and do them after all the work is done. Take the hit and do them during the main build
10 Put air conditioning in your loft – not as expensive as you think and some systems don’t need planning permission
11 Anything is possible – some things just cost a lot
12 All clients are lovely in every way