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PROJECTS IN HOUSE

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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
A lot of work needed on the house. How do people manage these things? Had major work done on kitchen over 10 yrs ago, total disaster which took a long time to rectify. Big dread of getting work done ever since, hence now a big list (New boiler, new bathroom, rendering on outside of house, rebuild garden wall and landscapre front garden, fitted wardrobes, new curtains / blinds, laminate / carpet decoration throughout).

Have made a start. Got recommended plumber out, to do bathroom seemed promising until I found out he is not qualified to do any electrics, told me he was and would be doing it himself. Back to square one! At this stage, I cannot even estimate costs.

Interested in how to keep track of costs and managing everything. Are there any simple progs around (I can use a basic spreadsheet), that can help?
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
new house then
#2
Ha I wish.......
#3
Good luck with it. I've always found it a total nightmare dealing with builders, plumbers etc. So many incompetent ones around. And bloody arrogant too! Thinking they know it all, charging you a fortune for their shoddy work, never on time.... GRRR! 'Qualified' ones too, the plumber left us with a gas leak! We now do most of the diy ourselves, including bigger projects like fitting our kitchen. But of course you need 'proper' tradesmen to keep building control happy.
So...it's pot luck I'm afraid. Good luck. Re. costs...a simple spreadsheet on your PC would do? I used the back of an envelope...(not recommended btw!)
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BEANZ-ON-TOAST;8611349
Good luck with it. I've always found it a total nightmare dealing with builders, plumbers etc. So many incompetent ones around. And bloody arrogant too! Thinking they know it all, charging you a fortune for their shoddy work, never on time.... GRRR! 'Qualified' ones too, the plumber left us with a gas leak! We now do most of the diy ourselves, including bigger projects like fitting our kitchen. But of course you need 'proper' tradesmen to keep building control happy. So...it's pot luck I'm afraid. Good luck. Re. costs...a simple spreadsheet on your PC would do? I used the back of an envelope...(not recommended btw!)


:whistling: reaches for more tablets..................
#5
Microsoft project and excel. As for the plumber, if he is competent draw up a basic contract and he can do the electrics and in his price get him to include supplying you with the relevant NIC minor works electrical cert ( he can get someone who is qualified to sign it off).

Do ONE job at a time and take your time, otherwise you will run into problems.

BTW I deal with these things all day every day (managing these projects) if you are in the SE I can recommend some cracking contractors (all with 10yrs + experience of working for me).
#6
We have just had new boiler, windows and knocked through 2 walls to make a large new kitchen diner, we are just at the end of it now. The windows we just looked on-line at reviews for a good company and all went well with those. With the big kitchen project we got recomened a good kitchen fitter, we also seen another kitchen he had done. He then organised the builders/ steel work, plumer to do boiler and fit gas hob, plasterer and electrician to do the lights ect. As he know them all they all they all got together to sort out who needed to do what when and made a timetable, it pretty much went well. Took 6 weeks for it all to be done !
Hubs kept track of costs on a spreadsheet.

Good luck it's very duanting i know. Just our bedroom left to do and we have done every room once over, now the front room needs redecorating again :roll:
#7
leilahfun;8611522
We have just had new boiler, windows and knocked through 2 walls to make a large new kitchen diner, we are just at the end of it now. The windows we just looked on-line at reviews for a good company and all went well with those. With the big kitchen project we got recomened a good kitchen fitter, we also seen another kitchen he had done. He then organised the builders/ steel work, plumer to do boiler and fit gas hob, plasterer and electrician to do the lights ect. As he know them all they all they all got together to sort out who needed to do what when and made a timetable, it pretty much went well. Took 6 weeks for it all to be done ! Hubs kept track of costs on a spreadsheet. Good luck it's very duanting i know. Just our bedroom left to do and we have done every room once over, now the front room needs redecorating again :roll:


That is the work we had done 10 yrs ago (without boiler). It took 12 weeks. Cold sweat even thinking aobut it
#8
my mate built our extension, he is a bloody good builder, I could have got a cheaper quote, but I wouldn't have trusted anyone else to do it. we also had a complete central heating install as we had the old warm air set up, took a week from start to finish, i find asking people for recommending tradesmen & not paying for it all in one go, hold some money back untill your happy with what you have asked for. It is daunting & good luck :thumbsup:

had to laugh when i read this A fifth of men hate DIY (is that all?): Fear of failure stops them putting up the shelves i dont mind doing diy, but its that 1st drill hole you have to make in your newly plastered & wallpapered walls :?
I've just put up a run of fence posts (slotted concrete) & panels, could have got some one in to do it , would have been much eaiser, but i felt a sense of achievement by doing it myself, wether it stays up or not is a different matter :-D

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