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    Looking for a house renovator in your area? With MyJobQuote you can compare renovation quotes quickly and easily from up to 3 local companies. If you're a budding developer, the most common strategy is to buy cheap, renovate and sell it for profit. But renovation and internal reconfiguration is not just for property developers, many home owners today are deciding to renovate their property rather than moving. For those looking to renovate for profit, there are a number of key points to consider if you wish to avoid buying a money pit and running out of money! First of all check how long the property has been up for sale, properties that have been languishing on the estate agents lists for more than a few months suggest there may not be a great deal of profit to be made.

    If considering many jobs will not become apparent until renovation begins so be prepared, a common phrase herd from many who have renovated old buildings is that "It cost over twice as much as I thought it would!" Remember that it costs very little to engage the services of a roofer, timber and damp specialist or electricians for advice and estimates. The amount of work involved obviously depends on the property, but don't bite off more than you can chew, particularly if this is your first project.

    Using the services of a project manager to liaise with the builder and ensure work is carried out on time can often be money well spent. Whether you are doing some of the work yourself, managing the project yourself, or leaving everything to the experts, always ensure you get all the quotes well in advance and never expect the work to be finished to the scheduled time scales. Always seek as much professional advice as possible and be prepared to live in a building site for some time!

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    Decide exactly what work needs done before asking for any quotations. When collecting quotes write a clear specification that confirms the precise arrangements for the work to be done which includes the price, payment terms, time-scales, insurance and guarantees. Remember that your builder will be spending a lot of time in your home and in your company, so ensure you hire someone that you feel comfortable with, rather than just choosing the cheapest quote. Good communication and a professional relationship is very important for renovation projects to run smoothly.

    Reputable builders will always supply references and will be happy for you to speak to previous customers and check out examples of their work. Never pay for projects up front, though scheduled payments in stages are perfectly reasonable. In addition beware of builders who require cash only payments and who do not provide their full address and contact details - if you pay a builder in cash and only have a mobile number, it is hard to pursue them when things go wrong!

    House Renovation Cost

    If you plan to make any structural changes such as making an en suite or knocking down any walls, you will need permission from Building Control though in most cases planning permission is not needed from the council for the majority of internal alterations. In any case, check how easy it will be to get permissions or approval for any alterations before you do anything else! Get a surveyor in to check the structure of the house and find out exactly what work is required, especially if you need to replace any walls or parts of the roof as this is going to cost a lot of time and money. The surveyor should be able to provide a ballpark figure in terms of cost and you can then use the MyJobQuote free service to gather quotes and prices from local builders near you.

    Simply enter brief details about your renovation project along with your contact information, then sit back and let recommended and reliable tradesman and building contractors get in touch with you! Typical renovation jobs and costs include rewiring (from £2,500-£3,000 and takes a pair of electricians five to seven days), installing central heating (£2,500-£5,000 and takes a plumber eight to ten days), adding an upstairs bathroom (cost around £800-£1,000 for labour plus around £350 for a basic white bathroom set), getting rid of dry rot will cost around £1,000, brand new kitchen supplied and installed from £3,500, replacing or re-fixing a few roof tiles will cost from £100 to £200, replacing a collapsed ceiling £400-£500 per room, woodworm pesticide treatment will cost from £600-£1,000 and replacing PVCu double glazed windows will cost around £350 per window including fitting.

    Common Mistakes and Problems with Renovation & Reconfiguration Projects

    No matter how organised or experienced you are, renovating is a time consuming and often stressful process, you need to carefully assess the property's potential and have a clear idea of your goals. Unless you plan to live in the property for the foreseeable future, you should ensure that you will be able to resell it and at least recover the renovation costs. Never buy without a survey, otherwise you may find yourself discovering unexpected damp, rot, subsidence and other major structural defects. A Chartered Building Surveyor can provide information on the type of construction and materials used, as well as details of any defects, including an indication of the likely cost to repair.

    Avoid hiring cowboy builders by making sure that your builder is confident of undertaking the required work and has undertaken similar work before and can provide details of previous clients in your area. Underestimating costs is one of the most common mistakes when taking on a renovation project, renovation work always costs more than you expect as some problems are not revealed until you start work, but mostly it's because items are simply forgotten from the budget.

    Professional renovators and developers always leave a contingency of at least 10 to 20% to cover unexpected costs - if you are not experienced plan on a contingency budget at least double this! Finally, do not undertake any work without first checking if you need planning permission and/or Building Regulations approval, always check with the local authority beforehand.

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    • Joined Mar 2017
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Colchester
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    • Joined Sep 2017
    • Established 2016
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Greenford
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    "We had an excellent experience of Pete and the team. Professional job done. Good quality finish. Trustworthy people too who do what they say they'll do. Will likely use them again. Thanks"

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    By John on 24th May 2019
    • Joined Mar 2018
    • Established 2018
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Northampton
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    TCVOI are your local builders based near Harrow, covering Wembley, Stanmore and the local areas. TCVOI provide high quality work backed through many great reviews.

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    "Very polite and efficient"

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    By Susan on 23rd Feb 2020

    TCVOI reply: Thank you for your words! You are very friendly and understand things well!

    • Joined Jun 2019
    • Established 2019
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Harrow
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    With over 25 years hands on experience transforming properties both inside and out! All of our work is completed to the highest possible standard and comes with a guarantee. We specialise in landscaping, building, plumbing and plastering

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    "Thanks for all your hard work Josh and Dan.Their were some minor issues regarding finish , but these we're quickly resolved and sorted with minimum fuss.Thanks again I'm very pleased with the work youve done."

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    By Ed on 2nd Sep 2018
    • Joined Sep 2017
    • Established 2015
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Halifax
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    Most recent homeowner review

    "Prompt response, really reasonably priced and neat, tidy work completed quickly and effortlessly. Would use again and would highly recommend."

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    By Jaclyn on 2nd Mar 2020
    • Joined Oct 2019
    • Established 2003
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Romford
    • Public liability insurance
    Most recent homeowner review

    "Very polite and stayed late each day to get the job finished already asked him if he can carry out other jobs i need doing would recommend him to anyone that needs work doing "

    General Repair / Maintenance
    By Andrew on 8th May 2017
    • Joined Sep 2016
    • Established 2018
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Spalding
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    Miracle landscapes have over 10 years of experience in the gardening and landscaping business. We are able to provide a personalised service, from the design stage through to the supply and fitting of all your garden needs. I specialise in soft, har...

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    "Arrived when they said they would, did the job with no problems for the price agreed."

    Garden Maintenance
    By Vincent on 3rd Jul 2019
    • Joined Oct 2016
    • Established 2017
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in London
    • ID checked
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    "Phil has done really excellent work throughout the house and he really went the extra mile with nothing being too much trouble. He was punctual, clean, polite and friendly and he would be the first person I would call to have any..."

    Laminate Flooring
    By Linda on 21st Oct 2017
    • Joined Jan 2017
    • Established 2012
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Peterlee
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    "Organised, tidy, effiecient trades people mananged well by Andrew. I have had to change my requirements but I will defintely invite Andrew and his men back to do more work."

    Internal Doors
    By John on 18th Mar 2018
    • Joined Apr 2017
    • Established 2010
    • Internal Renovation / Reconfiguration in Edgware
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