Large-scale building projects, such as a new home, are fraught with large scale hassles, right? Not with a few basic tips to help keep you sane.
There are many reasons you may decide to undertake a large-scale building project. It may be that you want to extend your current property so as to accommodate a growing family or change of circumstances. Perhaps you are tired of living in homes that other people have built for you and want to try it DIY this time.
Whatever the reason, taking on a large-scale building project can be a superhuman effort. There are so many things to juggle and get right, that it can feel like a thankless task. In the midst of all the chaos, sometimes knowing what you should NOT do is as useful as knowing what you should do.
If you have ever felt like that either during or while contemplating a project of some scale, then never fear, here’s the tip of the iceberg of the things you need to know.
DO: Be realistic with your budget
As a general rule, work out your budget for the entire project, and then add a third again on top. Every project, from the smallest exterior development to large-scale building projects, is doomed to run over budget – so plan for it from the start. Use the excess third of your funds as a contingency; not to be deliberately used, but there if you end up needing it. Prior experience suggests that you definitely will.
DO: Check the legality of what you’re doing
If you are making grand changes to your property, it’s worth checking where your boundary lies. If you don’t, there’s a chance you could earn the ire of your neighbours or the local authority. If you’re really lucky, you might just annoy them both. With a boundary established, consider bringing in the experts like fencing contractors Fencemakers to help you set a firm perimeter. Not only does this give you a fence for privacy when building work is complete, but ensures you don’t cross over onto someone else’s land during the project.
DO: Treat project managing like a job
If you have never managed a large-scale building project before, it’s tempting to think it’s no different than the usual household DIY task. Sorry for the reality check, but: it is. It’s as different as you can imagine, as you have to juggle more contractors, plans, and timings than you ever thought possible.
It’s not going to be something that you can do on the fly. If you’re working at the same time, then you have to set a few hours aside each night to go through what has happened that day, and what is planned tomorrow. Even if things appear to be running well, there’s no harm in checking, is there?
DON’T: Lose hope
There comes a point in every construction project where you wonder what on earth you are doing. The temptation to just stop, to make do with what you have, becomes overwhelming as the stresses mount. When you have started, you might as well finish – or all that stress and effort will have been for nothing.