Whether you are just decorating your house or going all out with a full on remodelling or extension there is one key question you need to ask yourself. That is “Are you sure you’re ready for the challenge?” Forget money, technical skills and knowledge the most important resource required is time; how much you need and when.
There are a lot of considerations for any project whether you are doing it yourself or hiring help. The general upheaval of working on your own property can be daunting and can be made worse by a lack of understanding of time. Setting unrealistic targets leads to high expectations which can lead to even more disappointment and frustration.
The saying that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is very pertinent to this topic however lifelong dreams shouldn’t take a lifetime to achieve. Therefore it is important to sit down prior to any project to determine a realistic timescale. Of course, in the construction industry this is commonplace as clients and contractors have to manage expectations to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
The problem….you might not be an experienced client or contractor and don’t have the first clue about this process; especially if you are essentially going to be fulfilling both roles. If this is you, have a try at the below:
- Write a list of what you actually want to achieve. For instance, if you are building an extension don’t just write that, instead write: what will it be used for, how it will integrate with your home and affect it, how it will affect the rest of the property e.g Garden/driveway etc. Why? This is very important as it will help you identify the main reasons you are intending to proceed with a project and what the main issues will be.
- Think about what time you have available to carry out the work or be around to be involved. Even if you are hiring a builder no one should ‘just let them get on with it’ as you will be needed to answer queries etc. Conversely, it is common for people to carry out the work themselves at weekends and during annual leave but are you able to? Is the timing right in your career and personal life?
- With the above in mind, when would you like to have everything complete? When do you need to have everything complete? such as expecting a new baby or an occasion.
These 3 simple steps will help you to decide on the feasibility and scope of the project. Although you will also need to be aware of other external factors such as weather (especially in the U.K), planning permission and funding.
It is fair to say that there are a number of uncontrollable elements that affect all projects so arguably it makes sense to get hold of the ones you can control i.e. Your expectations.