Housebuilders Bible Version 10 £13.00 @ Amazon
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Housebuilders Bible Version 10 £13.00 @ Amazon

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Found 24th Nov 2013
I was looking at building an extension myself or possibly looking at self building my house in the future. I was told before you even start to contemplate this idea this is the book you need to read. It was £16.25 a few weeks ago and now is down to £13 pound.

I checked Whsmith its still the same price as a few weeks ago and only 1 in stock.
Water stones only showed the 8th edition at £18
Google shopping showed other websites being also around the £16 mark.

Might be a good Xmas present for someone in the family so I thought I would share.

Enjoy

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I could get this book for my Husband, I will have it then to finish what he never started

I have no idea how useful this book would be.
I do work in construction and hopefully people will take a little advice here.

DO THE FOLLOWING
research any builders or firms you are thinking of employing
word of mouth recommendations are worth more than any good marketing or websites
always get quotes from at least 3 firms, preferably more.
Talk to the local building inspector from your local council, they will tell you which builders do a good job, stick to regulations and don't cut corners.

NEVER
pay large sums upfront to the builder (only pay large sums for materials if you can pay the supplier of the materials directly and all orders are in your name and to your address. Reputable builders will be able to arrange their discount off materials even when you pay direct to supplier)
pay the final balance until the local council has signed the project as complete and meeting all requirements.

At your discretion and ensuring these are in your contract with the builder
It is ok to pay some money towards labour costs as the project progresses but always ensure that the local authority is happy with progress so far.

Keep a minimum of 25% of the labour balance (assuming you pay for materials direct) until the project is fully complete and you are satisfied with the finished project.

make sure you are very thorough with what you want. It is very easy to overlook small details such as an extra plug socket, outside light, the size of a patio..... these can quickly become added on extras if they aren't in your contract and can soon add extra to the price.

Do research the materials. There is a huge difference in price between a basic ceramic tile at that very nice marble effect resin tile you like. make sure you are very clear as to the standard of materials you want.

Banned

as this is the bible do they allow a bit of tongue and groove?

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thelaine

I have no idea how useful this book would be.I do work in construction … I have no idea how useful this book would be.I do work in construction and hopefully people will take a little advice here.DO THE FOLLOWINGresearch any builders or firms you are thinking of employingword of mouth recommendations are worth more than any good marketing or websitesalways get quotes from at least 3 firms, preferably more.Talk to the local building inspector from your local council, they will tell you which builders do a good job, stick to regulations and don't cut corners.NEVERpay large sums upfront to the builder (only pay large sums for materials if you can pay the supplier of the materials directly and all orders are in your name and to your address. Reputable builders will be able to arrange their discount off materials even when you pay direct to supplier)pay the final balance until the local council has signed the project as complete and meeting all requirements.At your discretion and ensuring these are in your contract with the builderIt is ok to pay some money towards labour costs as the project progresses but always ensure that the local authority is happy with progress so far.Keep a minimum of 25% of the labour balance (assuming you pay for materials direct) until the project is fully complete and you are satisfied with the finished project.make sure you are very thorough with what you want. It is very easy to overlook small details such as an extra plug socket, outside light, the size of a patio..... these can quickly become added on extras if they aren't in your contract and can soon add extra to the price.Do research the materials. There is a huge difference in price between a basic ceramic tile at that very nice marble effect resin tile you like. make sure you are very clear as to the standard of materials you want.



Great advise for fellow HDUK users, I seriously don't understand why people get burnt and appear on shows like cowboy builders paying someone for a 40k job all upfront is just asking for trouble. Thanks for your input much appreciated!

You'd actually be much better off NOT buying thos book.

For a start, there's about 87,000 where you cn get the information for free - and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you can read a few until you find one that suits you - and suits your house.

In addition, you can get an idea of the problems - because many people tell their stories. And you can get a much better idea of what things will cost on the day you want to do the job.

And it'll be easier to see which jobs you CAN do, and which are best left to a professional.

Save your cash - let Google be your friend.
Edited by: "Quadrille" 24th Nov 2013

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Quadrille

You'd actually be much better off NOT buying thos book.For a start, … You'd actually be much better off NOT buying thos book.For a start, there's about 87,000 where you cn get the information for free - and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you can read a few until you find one that suits you - and suits your house. In addition, you can get an idea of the problems - because many people tell their stories. And you can get a much better idea of what things will cost on the day you want to do the job.And it'll be easier to see which jobs you CAN do, and which are best left to a professional.Save your cash - let Google be your friend.



Would it not be easier rather than trawling through 87,000 websites to just have 1 book to refer to.

Does it advise builders on how to get the remaining balance after successful completion of work especially from customers of foreign persuasion???

War

Would it not be easier rather than trawling through 87,000 websites to … Would it not be easier rather than trawling through 87,000 websites to just have 1 book to refer to.



You need to read the rest of my post ...

Quadrille

... and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you … ... and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you can read a few until you find one that suits you - and suits your house. In addition, you can get an idea of the problems - because many people tell their stories. And you can get a much better idea of what things will cost on the day you want to do the job.And it'll be easier to see which jobs you CAN do, and which are best left to a professional.Save your cash - let Google be your friend.



Your Google search will quickly narrow it down to a few - but you'd be much better advised to look at more than one, as your situation is fairly unlikely to match the author's every time, isn't it?

Plus I'd add that "how to" books very quickly get out of date ...
Edited by: "Quadrille" 24th Nov 2013

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War

Would it not be easier rather than trawling through 87,000 websites to … Would it not be easier rather than trawling through 87,000 websites to just have 1 book to refer to.

Quadrille

... and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you … ... and there'll be 87,000 slightly diferent ways to do things, so you can read a few until you find one that suits you - and suits your house. In addition, you can get an idea of the problems - because many people tell their stories. And you can get a much better idea of what things will cost on the day you want to do the job.And it'll be easier to see which jobs you CAN do, and which are best left to a professional.Save your cash - let Google be your friend.



Yes they probably do with councils changing the goal posts with new planning restrictions quicker than I change my socks. Although once you have the handful of websites that you can refer to it will be more time consuming bookmarking, printing, saving for later.

This book coupled with your own research should be advised to fellow HDUK users.

now £16.25.

Was this on Black Friday deals or something?

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newsgroupmonkey

now £16.25.Was this on Black Friday deals or something?



Nah it juat dropped for some reason.
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