Altering, Extending and Converting Houses: An owner's guide by G. Di Leo

By G. Di Leo

This publication presents a simple wisdom approximately strategies and other people interested in changing, extending or changing homes. utilizing this information the home proprietor could be extra in a position to receive the absolute best carrier from execs and developers alike.

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This is the most appropriate method for the projects covered by this book, and on which normal procedures are based. With a main contractor and named subcontractors, client and architect agree the firms which will carry out specialist work. This tends to make both responsible for subcontractors performance, although contractually they are not. It could be found that this method is not conducive to a successful building programme, as the contractor will tend to push any and every problem with his subcontractor to the architect.

The house owner may not get what he actually wants and the asset value of the property may not be increased, and could be decreased. Professional/Builder Agency Companies. These companies hold registers of local professionals and builders, who have been vetted by them. The house owner has contracts with the professional and successful builder in the normal way. The same tasks are undertaken, with variations in the sequence depending on the organisations, notably two-stage tendering. ADVANTAGES Both professional and builder use the same technical documentation, and consequently know what is required and what can be supplied.

3) The defects liability period. This is the period of time after the work ends, during which any defects that become apparent must be made good at the Contractor’s expense. It can range from three to twelve months. 4) The period of interim payments This is normally every four weeks, but can be shorter or longer. If the job is small enough there will only be one payment. There is no payment for work before it has been done, under formal contracts. If the period is four weeks, it will be found that there is no need to pay the first bill until six weeks after the work starts.

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