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Working from home is the norm in my line of work and after spending 8-10 hours at my desk everyday for years, I'd say I’m more accustomed to it than a lot of people. The pandemic has pushed many of us into positions where we have to work from home but it was inevitably going to take on anyway, the evolution has only been sped up by the current crisis. As such, many of those...

Mid-Project management is a peculiar thing during any form of construction because so much is happening, yet this leaves much less for you to do. However, this does not mean you can relax completely as there are still some things to keep an eye on. For that reason, this blog will cover a number of important pieces of information you’ll need to know once your project gets underway. We have already covered the planning stage...

So you've planned your project, your budget is sorted and all that remains is finding the right contractors. To do this you will need to know how to conduct your own vetting process. Many ideas expressed in this post are aided by the information in our previous post: how to avoid cowboy builders. Whilst you don’t need to read that post to follow along here, we strongly recommend taking a look so that you have...

Starting a new project can be overwhelming but the good news is that there is a whole range of different contacts for construction projects and each can help you in a different way. In this blog, we'll cover just a few to get you started and informed on some of the best people to contact. First we'll cover estimation services, quantity surveyors, property surveyors and estate agents. We’ll also cover different kinds of designers, in...

Knowing how to budget for your construction projects is one of the most important factors in ensuring your work goes smoothly, efficiently, and economically. Although the term budget is commonly associated with cheaper products and projects, a budget is simply working within a set limit. You can budget £1,000 or £1,000,000 but either way you’ll be working within that limit/guide and so it’s incredibly important in construction work to know how to budget properly or...

Not knowing how to avoid cowboy builders is one of the main reasons such a fear has spread across the nation. Research by FMB a few years back showed that roughly £10billion in potential work is being prevented every year due to people’s fears of not getting a positive experience from their home improvement projects. “A third of homeowners are so anxious about the possibility of choosing a bad builder, they don’t commission any building...

Permitted Development means certain types of work can be performed without a need for planning permission and whilst they are granted by parliament, meaning they apply nationally, there are still areas and reasons why local authority can override such rights. It is important to be certain, before undertaking any work, that you know exactly what does and does not require planning permission. This guide will give you a quick insight into the more general knowledge...

The Long Road Ahead for the Construction Industry With April seeing a record drop of a whopping 40.2%, that a record for month-on-month growth was to occur just after did not come as much of a surprise. Despite an 8.2% growth from April to May, the construction industry is still down 38.8% from February 2020 so whilst this month-on-month growth offers a sense of hope, there is still much to be done before we return to a level of normality. The initial...

Having been stuck at home for three months, it seems we've all developed a love-hate relationship with our homes.  Our research commissioned by Savanta with 1,000 homeowners in the south-east shows that 31% of those planning to move in the next year are now planning to stay put. Overseas holidays seem impossible at the moment, but this is giving many of us an unexpected opportunity, with 48% of us redirecting those funds into home improvements.  Staying at home has forced us to reassess...

DIY Disasters surge- The top disasters to avoid when carrying out home improvements There has been a recent surge in DIY disasters over the recent months based on our survey carried out by Savanta of 1,000 homeowners in the south-east.  Being at home so much has clearly emboldened us all to fix all those little niggles we have around the home to varying degrees of success. During lockdown, these DIY attempts have resulted in 22% of us having...