How to get your big project off the ground

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Every year in the middle of January, a bunch of “experts” get together and brand one day as “Blue Monday” - the day when everyone is most likely to be at their lowest. Christmas is but a memory, the weather is dark and dreary, and payday is weeks away - it’s enough to get anyone down.

Blue Monday may or may not be a real phenomenon, but there’s no doubt that most of us could do with a little pick-me-up at this time of year. And when it comes to pick-me-ups, what could be better than a plan to reboot your home?

With the 12 months of 2022 stretching ahead of you, now is the time to spring into action and give yourself something to really look forward to.

Here are some tips to make sure your project gets off the runway this year:

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Plan ahead

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your new extension featuring a beautiful kitchen with granite worktops and bifold doors.

When it comes to any significant building project, it helps to accept that the process isn’t always fast - but that can be used to your advantage.

After the past couple of years, with people spending less on holidays and investing more in their homes, lots of trades are booked up and have long waiting lists, while material prices are also higher than they have been in the past.

Use this time while you get the ball rolling to sort out your budget and decide exactly what you want - investigate the potential effect it could have on your home value, and make sure your planned project is just what you need for you and your family.

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Draw up plans

When you’ve scoped out your project, there’s a good chance you’ll need official plans to work from. It’s a great feeling seeing your project take real shape on paper (or on screen) - a tangible sign that things are really going to happen.

To get the best plans, you can either work with a construction firm that can handle the whole project from conception to completion, or you can hire a dedicated architect or architectural technician.

MyBuilder has plenty of experienced architects around the country who can help you visualise your dream project.

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Permissions and regulations

So, you have your plans and are eager to get to work, but there’s another step you need to take.

Many jobs, especially larger projects, will require planning permission from your local authority, to ensure the changes to your property don’t have a negative impact on your neighbourhood.

This can be a drawn out process, but can be handled by your architect or builders. To learn more about planning permission, check out our advice guide which walks you through the process.

However, you might find your job falls under permitted development rights, meaning you don’t need to go through the process of obtaining planning permission. Our guide to permitted development explains where this might apply.

Regardless of whether or not you need planning permission, you will need to make sure your job is done in line with current building regulations - our guide explains how you, and your tradespeople, can make sure this happens.

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Find the right tradesperson

Maybe the biggest decision of the whole process is finding the right tradesperson to work with.

Luckily, that’s what MyBuilder is all about. Once you’ve posted your job you can see their profiles, look through pictures of their previous jobs, and read through feedback from the past customers, to ensure you’re finding someone you want to work with.

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Make sure the job goes smoothly

Once everything is in place and work can begin, you’ll still find that there are plenty of things to do.

From sourcing a skip to get rid of the old fixtures and fittings, to making sure the work isn’t unduly noisy while you install the new, there’s lots to keep on top of. Of course, if you have the right tradesperson, everything runs more smoothly - and good communication with them is key to a successful project.

Working with a detailed quote and contract is a great base for a good working relationship.

You can also make use of MyBuilder Plus, for cover that takes away the stress and financial risk if the unexpected happens.

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