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Ways to save money on your Extension / Refurbishment

Go with reputable tradesmen,

Avoiding ‘Cowboys’ is a must.  They will give you an unbelievably low quote on the job at hand but will continually add expenses as the project goes on.  This happens because they’re either out of their league or they just wanted to secure the job in the first place.

Do not pay up front! A lot of tradesmen who have been going for a long time have sufficient credit with suppliers to cover the job and then pay it all off as a lump sum at the end of the job.  Paying up front increases the chances of you being scammed into losing some/potentially all of your money.

Recycle old materials,

If you plan you’ll know what you can reuse and where it can go.  Floorboards, radiators and windows are good examples of ways you can save money.

Selling is also an option.  By selling old windows, doors and even scrap metal you are earning some of the cost back.

Buying salvaged materials such as bricks and tiles add character to extensions and ensure your build doesn’t look out of place with the polished look of fresh red bricks.

You’re able to get rid of all your waste at your nearby tip. You could do endless trips rather than pay for a skip.

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Trade Discounts

Buying in bulk and having a lot delivered at once will save you money.  If you were to buy the same amount of materials and to have them delivered over 3 or 4 trips will hike up the price.

The more of one product you buy, the cheaper they come per unit.  Try work out how much it is you’ll need a product for the entire project.  Multiple purchases of the same item isn’t a great mind set to keep and just adds to the overall cost.

 Fees and Permitted Development

Initially, you should spend money on having an architect or charted surveyor manage your project.  By doing this, you’re spending money to save money.  It’s their job to manage these projects, and because they do it every day, they’ll also be privy to discounts with suppliers or know how to manage your project under Permitted Development.

If you’re able to complete your project by sticking to your Permitted Development rights, you’ll instantly save £172 by not having to apply for planning permission at your local council.

Most extension work will attract VAT at 20 per cent on labour and materials, but if you use self-employed tradesmen who do not qualify to pay VAT you manage to avoid paying the tax which in turn saves youSecond-hand materials sold by private individuals on the internet will also be free of VAT.

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Become the Project Manager

If you take full responsibility for hiring the tradesmen, finding the architect and being the direct contact with local authorities, you will save yourself up to %25.  Managing all the above is just taking time away from the builder building or just taking up time of the architects when you’re able to do it all yourself if you have the time.

You’ll be responsible for when certain trades are on site; you don’t want electricians in before plasters or windows fitting after a wall has been rendered for example.  You’ll also manage deliveries. So communication with your tradesmen is key.

Do as much as you can yourself

Labour is three times as expensive as the materials so if you can do some of the work yourself you’re making a massive saving.  Even if it’s just taking back the area to a brick that’s potentially a week of labour costs you’ve saved. Who doesn’t enjoy hitting walls with hammers?

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Extensions, Refurbishment and Loft Conversion, so if you are in Hertfordshire, Stevenage or Hitchin please contact us to see how we can help!

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