Although you almost certainly won't be building your new loft extension yourself there is still lots of hard work in front of you.
No matter which builder you choose, or how hands on your role, there is still going to be plenty of project management to keep you busy before, during and after the build.
When it comes to converting the loft there are only a few options to choose from with varying degrees of involvement required from the homeowner:
So, when it comes to managing a loft conversion, the first two options above are pretty much restricted to keeping a wary eye on builders and planners and making sure the work that is completed is done on time and to budget.
Though, having said that, the biggest single decision here is in choosing your builder. Get that decision right and you are most of the way there in passing your project management exam.
As already mentioned using an architect is probably the easiest route in terms of managing a loft conversion and, if you can afford it, certainly something you should consider.
However, in terms of the fourth choice above, choosing your own tradesmen and micro managing your project there are lots of decisions to make and you, as the property owner, will be performing a hands on role throughout the whole process.
You could of course contract out the project management role but, if taking this on yourself, you will need to put aside at least eight weeks and as much as twelve weeks to see the job through to its completion.
So What Does Managing A Loft Conversion Involve?
Your main role here will be co-ordinating the different tradesmen, ensuring that the right materials are delivered at the right time and that each contractor completes their work without delays. This is a lot harder than it sounds and needs a lot of organising.
A big part of ensuring the project is a success is in choosing the right tradesmen. Perhaps the best advice here is to make sure you only use specialists.
example, plumbing work should be entrusted to a specialist plumbing
company and not parcelled out to an electrician who says he is 'handy
with a monkey wrench'.
So putting the right team in place is very important but here are a few other things to consider:
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