Seek Professional Help When Taking On Big Home Improvement Projects
To some degree this depends on the size of the job you have in mind. Your budget will determine the amount of professional help you are going to seek.
If you plan to do structural renovations then perhaps it is worth the additional expense of an architect or project manager! Think long term, picture the result,
any potential legal issues and whether or not the work is needed or simply something you really feel you can’t live without.
Unless the work is of a very minor nature some statutory approvals such as planning or building regulation approval may be required.
The Building Control department at your local council offices will be able to help with this.
They can also advise on whether or not grants are available.
You can then begin to assess the need to appoint a professional such as an architect or surveyor to carry out
design or whether you are going direct to a tradesman.
If the property is still covered under any scheme such as NHBC Buildmark you must inform the company providing the warranty.
Your mortgage provider and home insurer should also be advised of the work.
You should inform neighbours and you must be sure of your land boundaries and aware of any rights of way that may have been acquired.
Your builder cannot help here and if this is discovered after the agreement is signed and work is prevented you could be liable for delay costs.
If in any doubt seek professional advice it could be cost be very cost effective.