Planning Your Spring Construction Project
It may still seem like a while away, but as winter starts to thaw the signs of spring are already starting to show. And for those of you who have been putting off renovation, restoration or extension work, it’s time to start thinking about your building project. Spring will soon be upon us, and in order to get your construction work underway as quickly as possible, you ought it get planning the finer details now.
Contact Builders and Artisans
Tradesmen can be booked months in advance during the warmer months, so if you want to get first pick of builders and specialist teams then you need to act fast. Even if you are firming up the specifics on your project, contact local firms to find out their availability and get a quote. That way, you won’t be waiting around for the workmen when you’re ready to get started.
In fact, artisans such as stone specialists, plumbers and electricians may even be able to offer their expertise in the crucial planning stages, to ensure your design is watertight. A reputable contractor will also help you find cost-effective solutions and quality materials at a fair price, to keep your budget under control.
Inspect Your Property
We don’t spend an awful lot of time outside during winter, so whilst you may have been fully aware of the condition of your stonework, roofing, windows and doors in the autumn, things can change dramatically over a few short months. Now that the worst of the winter weather has gone, spend some time inspecting your property to evaluate any changes to its structural and aesthetic appearance. If these need attention during the spring, you can factor this into your planning.
Compile Your Resources
Often, setbacks to building work stem not from the contractors or workmen, but problems arising with materials and finances. Find out who will be responsible for sourcing building materials; if you have decided to take charge of this job, book deliveries early to avoid delays during peak building season. Also make sure that you will be able to access your finances easily by the time your project gets underway, so that things don’t come to a halt at the slightest hiccup in the budget.
Prepare the Site
Time is money, and builders can spend hours clearing the construction site if this already hasn’t been done. To get the most of out of skilled tradesmen, complete any preparation work in advance of their arrival, whether this involves clearing overgrowth or minor DIY that you can do yourself.
Prepare for your construction project now and make the process run smoothly when spring arrives. Don’t let the season creep up on you, lay the foundations by booking your contracting team and firming up your plans and budget. By doing so, you’ll take the stress out of renovation, restoration and extension work – or at least minimise it!
Tell us about your project, why you are undertaking it and the main thing you are looking forward to once it is complete.
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellygGrassam. This article has been written with helpful information from Henley Stone.