Just been quoted for a loft conversion need advice please

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Found 11th Nov 2010
Just been quoted £5000 for a loft mini conversion with 2 windows and a stair case, sounds good but is this too cheap, am worried about cowboy builders, has any one had a conversion?? i would really value some advice.
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Ask him if he can show you any of his other conversions?
sounds 10k too cheap unless it's for a dolls house
Sounds very cheap. I would get at least 2 more quotes and compare.
Try and get someone on recommendation.
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greg_68

Ask him if he can show you any of his other conversions?


He said i could see a conversion he had done. but how do I know he did the work.
pink

He said i could see a conversion he had done. but how do I know he did … He said i could see a conversion he had done. but how do I know he did the work.



i'd knock on the door and ask them quickly if they were happy with his work.
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choc1969

sounds 10k too cheap unless it's for a dolls house


Is only a small terraced house, but still quite big loft.
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greg_68

i'd knock on the door and ask them quickly if they were happy with his … i'd knock on the door and ask them quickly if they were happy with his work.


LOL he said it was his mothers .
Like mentioned get at least 2 other quotes and if it is massively cheaper alarm bells should ring

Also is he registered with the FMB?
Edited by: "Marty1981" 11th Nov 2010
pink

LOL he said it was his mothers .



is that the only one?
All you have to do is get the names of a couple of people who he has done conversions for in the past and go see them to see if they are happy,If he isnt willing to do this then walk away,
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only one he offered to show me yes,

greg_68

is that the only one?

Defo avoid him them.......

Get a builders recommendation from a friend etc
then the signs are not favourable then IMO
pink

LOL he said it was his mothers .



if the only one he can show you is his mothers,I wouldnt bother tbh. try and find a reliable word of mouth builder.as a general rule a good builder CANNOT start work right away,because they are in demand,does NOT require payment up front in full,should NOT need money for materials because if they are a proper business they should have credit facilities with suppliers.

before starting arrange a strict payment schedule,and a completion date with financial penalties built in for failing to meet that date.
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tonyg1962

All you have to do is get the names of a couple of people who he has done … All you have to do is get the names of a couple of people who he has done conversions for in the past and go see them to see if they are happy,If he isnt willing to do this then walk away,


Yes think I will ask him, am having another quote of someone else and am going to get one more to, am sure there must be a way of checking him out but dont know how.
just had our loft done! defo see some of his previous work and get at least 3 quotes
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mustafa

just had our loft done! defo see some of his previous work and get at … just had our loft done! defo see some of his previous work and get at least 3 quotes


As someone who has just had loft done, what do you think of the price i was quoted?
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barky

if the only one he can show you is his mothers,I wouldnt bother tbh. try … if the only one he can show you is his mothers,I wouldnt bother tbh. try and find a reliable word of mouth builder.as a general rule a good builder CANNOT start work right away,because they are in demand,does NOT require payment up front in full,should NOT need money for materials because if they are a proper business they should have credit facilities with suppliers.before starting arrange a strict payment schedule,and a completion date with financial penalties built in for failing to meet that date.[/quoteif the only one he can show you is his mothers,I wouldnt bother tbh. try and find a reliable word of mouth builder.as a general rule a good builder CANNOT start work right away,because they are in demand,does NOT require payment up front in full,should NOT need money for materials because if they are a proper business they should have credit facilities with suppliers.before starting arrange a strict payment schedule,and a completion date with financial penalties built in for failing to meet that date.


Sounds like good advice Thanks
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is your conversion having a dormer window or just a couple of velux
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slamdunkin

is your conversion having a dormer window or just a couple of velux


2 x veluxs
pink

As someone who has just had loft done, what do you think of the price i … As someone who has just had loft done, what do you think of the price i was quoted?



very cheap! but if your just getting stairs put in and 2 skylight and the room finished most builders would charge you about £8-15k, are u just getting 1 room up there ?
you would probably be better off getting a dormer built at the back
I have just paid £26k for 2 bedrooms and 1 has a on-suite! 2 big and 1 small skylights at the front, with 2 large windows and 1 small in the back!
Edited by: "mustafa" 11th Nov 2010
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mustafa

very cheap! but if your just getting stairs put in and 2 skylight and the … very cheap! but if your just getting stairs put in and 2 skylight and the room finished most builders would charge you about £10-15k, are u just getting 1 room up there ? you would probably be better off getting a dormer built at the backI have just paid £26k for 2 bedrooms and 1 has a on-suite! 2 big and 1 small skylights at the front, with 2 large windows and 1 small in the back!


This is very basic just one room, couple of sockets and 2 velux widows, also stair case leading up, but no plumbing at all.
Loft conversions must meet Building Regs, and there are extra issues if the room is being used as a bedroom.

Some information on this pdf wigan.gov.uk/NR/…pdf

Be careful, there are a large number of bodged loft conversions, most ending up needing to be totally ripped out and started again.
Edited by: "peodude" 11th Nov 2010
pink

This is very basic just one room, couple of sockets and 2 velux widows, … This is very basic just one room, couple of sockets and 2 velux widows, also stair case leading up, but no plumbing at all.



how long did the builder say the job will take? is he going to insulate each wall? what floor will he use?
Edited by: "mustafa" 11th Nov 2010
doesn't sound like he's putting steels in to support the roof at that price and new floor joists as roof joists are not man enough for floor joists
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mustafa

how long did the builder say the job will take? is he going to insulate … how long did the builder say the job will take? is he going to insulate each wall? what floor will he use?



Never discussed how long it would take, he said it woulkd be insulated and sealed, basic floor for me to laminate.
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Have you had an architect drew you up some plans with all the right load bearings ect and that meat the building safety regs.

the first floor ceilings should also have a double skin of plasterboard which will also need plastering and you will need mains powered smoke detector in the loft.

where is the staircase going up from as you need a clear passage and can't just have it in the corner of a bedroom/airing cupboard....you'd need to partition a corridor


Edited by: "slamdunkin" 11th Nov 2010
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slamdunkin

Have you had an architect drew you up some plans with all the right load … Have you had an architect drew you up some plans with all the right load bearings ect and that meat the building safety regs.the first floor ceilings should also have a double skin of plasterboard which will also need plastering and you will need mains powered smoke detector in the loft.Had nothing like that, and the stair case would leading off the landing over my existing stair case.where is the staircase going up from as you need a clear passage and can't just have it in the corner of a bedroom....you'd need to partition a corridor


had nothing like that, and the stair case would leading off the landing over my original stair case.
Edited by: "pink" 11th Nov 2010
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Thanks guys you gave me a lot to think about x
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