Home Improvement Costs

Detailed Costings for Improving Your Home

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Home Improvement Articles: Disclaimer
Maintitle About the article Date
Driveways Q&A - Driveways... 2017-06-07
CONTENTS ... 2012-11-18
PREFACE The current uncertainty in the housing market means that more home-owners are choosing to improve and enlarge their existing homes rather than move. This has led to an upsurge both in DIY activities a... 2012-11-18
Home Improvement e-book ... 2012-11-18
... 2012-05-13
Building Regulations Building regulations are prepared and controlled by the Department for Communities and Local Government and are intended to ensure that householders having building work carried out are protected fro... 2011-08-07
Building Quotations Q&A - Issues arising from quotations and building work... 2011-07-24
Roof Costs Q&A - How much for a new roof... 2011-07-24
Brickwork Q&A - Brickwork around the home... 2011-07-24
Extension Costs Q&A - How much does it cost to have an extension or to move some internal brick walls... 2011-07-24
Self Build Project No one would dream of travelling in an unknown country without a road map and working without a budget in self-building would be just as foolish and possibly costly as well. Anyone who has successfull... 2011-07-24
Building Work Q&A - General Building Work Inquires... 2011-07-24
Electrical Questions Q&A - Rewiring and other electrical questions... 2011-07-24
Property Valuations Q&A - How to value a house and land around it... 2011-07-24
Tax Self Build Q&A - Tax questions surrounding owning and improving a property... 2011-07-24
VAT Building Work Q&A - VAT implications on self builds and other building projects... 2011-07-24
Cowboy Builders Q&A - Dealing with problematic builder quotes and contracts... 2011-07-24
Arcitect Fees and Costs Q&A - Getting an architect to do design work for home builds and improvements... 2011-07-24
Heating Installations Q&A - Installing heating systems... 2011-07-24
Rebuilding House Q&A - Knocking down and rebuildig houses... 2011-07-24
Building Land Q&A - New build houses on difficult and complex land... 2011-07-24
Contacted Labour Q&A - Getting contract builders in for a self build home... 2011-07-24
Garden Landscaping Work Q&A - Costs of finishing off the garden on a self build project... 2011-07-24
Self Build Home Costs Q&A - Planning a self build home... 2011-07-24
Concrete Foundations Q&A - Concrete foundations... 2011-07-24
New Home Builds Q&A - New builds and self builds on empty land... 2011-07-24
Building Regulations Q&A - Building regulations and other rules... 2011-07-24
Home Project Management Q&A - Project Management of a New Home Build... 2011-07-24
Floor Area Q&A - Calculating by floor area... 2011-05-21
Self Build Planning Q&A - Planning a self build home... 2011-05-21
Tradesmen Problems Q&A - Problems with tradesmen quotations and work... 2011-05-21
Conservatories Q&A - Conservatories... 2011-05-21
House Survey Q&A - Problems found during house survey... 2011-05-21
Home Conversions Q&A - Converting a home... 2011-05-21
House Extensions Q&A - Getting quotations and having problems with house extensions... 2011-05-21
Plot of Land Q&A - Building on a Plot of land... 2011-05-21
Environmental Costs Q&A - Reducing the carbon footprint of your home... 2011-05-21
House Renovations Q&A - Renovations to a house... 2011-05-21
Home Value Q&A - How to value a house or plot of land... 2011-05-21
Home Improvements Q&A - Home Improvements... 2011-05-21
Windows Q&A - Windows... 2011-05-21
Building Contractors Q&A - Dealing with problematic building contractors... 2011-05-21
Building Materials Q&A - Ownership of left over building materials... 2011-05-21
Quotations and Estimates There is a general misconception that estimates and quotations are different but they are the same in the eyes of the law... 2011-05-21
Making Payments Payments up front are not recommended! It is hard to imagine any circumstances where money should be paid out before the work commences. ... 2011-05-21
Question and Answers Your questions answered by the whatprice helpline... 2011-05-02
New Home Planning Q&A - Planning to build a new house, employing an architect... 2011-04-30
Home Building Q&A - Costs, regulations and contract queries on a new home build... 2011-04-30
Sewerage and Drains Q&A - Prices and costs for home sewerage... 2011-04-30
Plastering Q&A - Plastering... 2011-04-30
Self Build Home Q&A - Dealing with a Self Build Home... 2011-04-30
Window Q&A - Window replacement costs and other repair work... 2011-04-30
House Conversions Q&A - Conversion projects such as converting a barn into a house... 2011-04-30
Joiner Costs Q&A - Costs and issues with getting a joiner in... 2011-04-30
Drainage Q&A - How much do plumbing and drainage jobs cost... 2011-04-30
Building Repairs Q&A - Walls, roofing and guttering repair work... 2011-04-30
Decorating Prices and Problems Q&A - Handling decorators and typical prices to pay for decorating jobs.... 2011-04-30
Improve Selling Q&A - Improvements to a house to help it sell... 2011-04-30
Patio and Landscaping Q&A - Cost of hiring a JCB, building a patio and landscaping the whole garden... 2011-04-30
Utility Bills Q&A - How to reduce the amount you pay for running a house... 2011-04-30
Rewiring Costs Q&A - Cost of rewiring a flat... 2011-04-30
Wall Repair Costs This section deals with the cost of minor repair work to external brick walls and the replacement of chimney pots.... 2011-04-29
Roof Prices Laying roof tiles and slates is usually a job for an expert but the range of work being undertaken by DIYers seems to be increasing every year... 2011-04-25
Window Prices Prices for replacing a broken, cracked or misted double-glazed window pane... 2011-04-25
Electrical Prices Only the most basic electrical tasks should be carried out by a DIYer. ... 2011-04-25
Paint, Tiles, Wallpaper The following tables will help you to calculate how much wall covering material you will need to buy... 2011-04-24
Fireplace Time and costs involved with replacing a fireplace with a new one... 2011-04-24
Roof Repair Costs There is a wide variation in skill needed to carry out different types of roof repairs.... 2011-04-24
Building Materials DIY enthusiasts are now able to buy materials at levels that were previously only available to trade customers.... 2011-04-23
Planning Permission After you send in the planning application forms and paid the fees, your application will be acknowledged and place on the Planning Register so that it can be inspected by members of the public... 2011-04-23
Planning Building The need for forward planning in any type of construction project cannot be stressed enough. At its simplest, it would foolish to waste time appointing a painter before you had someone in place to dig... 2011-04-23
Building Regulations Building regulations approval is required for almost all building work.... 2011-04-22
Regional Prices Details of how prices may vary by region and by type of company... 2011-04-22
Home Improvement Contractor Careful thought should be given to appointing a builder because he will become part of your household for a while so you must make sure that you are happy with every aspect of this arrangement... 2011-04-22
Tradesman Contract Most contracts are in a written format, a verbal form is just as binding but much more difficult to prove if a dispute ends up in the courts... 2011-04-22
Using a Contractor If you have no DIY skills at all, or if you do not have the time to undertake home improvements, then you must employ a contractor to do it for you.... 2011-04-22
Planning permission Details of current requirements for planning permission... 2011-04-22
Glossary The following glossary of terms is intended to help anyone not familiar with the construction industry to understand the meaning of the words most commonly used.... 2011-04-22
Bedroom Painting Here is an example of painting a bedroom size 3.6 x 4.2m ... 2011-03-13
Green Costs Everyone is keen to help solve the environment problems that the world faces and reducing one’s carbon footprint is a positive step that house owners can take to achieve this.... 2011-03-13

The aim of these pages is give the public cost information on domestic building work ranging from replacing a broken window to building a new house.

The information in this website should enable readers to negotiate confidently with builders and contractors and could result in saving hundreds or even thousands of pounds on large projects!

The current uncertainty in the housing market means that more home-owners are choosing to improve and enlarge their existing homes instead of moving. This has led to an upsurge both in DIY activities and in work for builders operating in the domestic construction market.

The public is overwhelmed with cost information on domestic appliances, holidays and cars but hardly anything is available to them on the cost of home improvements. This book has been prepared to fill that gap.

There has never been more interest in DIY activities and home improvements than at the present - see the number of magazines and TV programmes devoted to the subject. Whilst building professionals - architects, surveyors, builders and engineers - have had access to information on building costs through price books for more than 150 years - there are hardly any sources of building cost data on hand to the general public.

These web pages have been written for two types of home-owner. First, for those who are too infirm or too busy to carry out their own improvements and repairs. The information will tell them what they should be paying a contractor for a wide range of items of work and should reduce the chances of overpayment. Second, it is for those people who are capable of DIY work but wonder what savings in time and money could be made if they carried out the work themselves rather than use a contractor.

Although every care has been taken in the preparation of the contents of this website,  we cannot accept any responsibility on the result of the use of the information it contains.





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