If you’re planning on having any kind of construction work done on your house, you might be wondering how to prepare for it. Can you stay living in your property while piling contractors take over or will you have to move out? Before you start packing your suitcases, read our guide on how to prepare your house for building work.
Renovating a House While Living in it
Depending on the type of work you are having done, renovating a house while living in it is possible. If you are having a large extension which requires piling, you might have to section off that area of the house, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to move out altogether.
The most popular type of extension is a kitchen extension, and if you’re planning on staying in your house for the duration of the construction work, you might have to create a temporary makeshift kitchen (or commit to eating takeaways!) If you have space in other areas of the house, try and set up a mini fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and even a slow cooker – it can make all the difference.
How to Prepare Your House for Building Work
One of the best things you can do to prepare your house for any type of construction work is to clear any rooms that will be affected. This can be a great excuse to go through and organise your belongings. Put them into sections: keep, sell, donate and chuck.
If you’re having an extension, make sure you move any furniture to other rooms or put it into storage. As well as making the site accessible, this will ensure your belongings don’t get damaged in any way.
Make sure you have a kettle on site for builders – a strong brew can be a lifesaver on cold days. If you only have one bathroom, it’s worth investing in dust sheets for the hallway. Although most contractors will do their very best to keep the mess to a minimum you’ll have to allow for a certain amount of dirt throughout the house. Protect flooring and any remove any breakables such as picture frames from the hallway.
Informing your Neighbours
Finally, be a good sport and let your neighbours know exactly what’s happening and how long it’s going to be going on. Building work can be very disruptive, especially if someone works shifts and needs to sleep during the day. Giving your neighbours as much of a heads up as possible will surely be appreciated…and a bottle of wine won’t hurt either.
We understand that having construction work on your property can be stressful, which is why our highly skilled team aim to make it as easy as possible for you. We operate a work-safe policy for all staff and have stringent health and safety regulations to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and members of the public. If you are thinking of having a kitchen extension and need piling advice contact us for a free no-obligation quote.