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What is a reasonable payment schedule?

What is a reasonable payment schedule for a £8,000 job?

Should I give a deposit on confirmation of wanting a builder to do this work?

The job is estimated to take 3 weeks.

Many thanks

Additional Info: The builder I was thinking of using has asked for the following (I feel the 25% deposit is too high):

A deposit based on 25% of the total quotation (£8,000) is required on confirmation of the order, and 25% each week ending based on works completed.

Additional info: The builder is a member of FMB, so I am assuming he won't run off with the deposit!

Additional info: I see what you are all saying, but I am a good payer, but I guess the builder will not know this.

Thanks everyone for your advice.

How much for. Refurbishment on a 3 bedroom house

Hi there I'm going to be purchasing a 3 bedroom seem detached but there is no gas supply going into the house I would need new heating system windows rewire walls plastered new toilet kitchen French doors andkitchen extension at the back and skirting doors and walls knocked down how much would this cost I stay in glasgow I've not got measurements yet as I've still to sell my house

How do I know if the Artex in our ceilings have asbestos in them?

We have artex in most ceilings in our house and I have been told they may (or not) have asbestos fibres in them. How do I know for sure? I would like to get rid of them but understand that the procedures if there is asbestos or not will be different. Any advice?

I should probably add that we are planning to skim/re-plaster most of the house in the coming year (walls and ceiling) as well as remove a wall. Not sure if this would affect any possible asbestos?

Remove kitchen wall, insert RSJ

Please can you give me some advice, I want to knock down the joining wall between my kitchen and dining room, as it is load bearing I will need to put in an RSJ. Will I need to seek a Structural Engineer or a Quantity Surveyor? I will also need some advice re. building regulations. Will I be required to get these in advance of the work or will this be organised for me by the builder/surveyor?

An urgent response would be appreciated!



Complete refurb - where do we begin?!

We have purchased a property which has not been touched for 42 years.
Its structurally sound but needs central heating, probably a complete re-plaster, new bath/ kitchen and redecoration throughout. We do have double glazing though!
Where would a professional suggest we start? And where should we splash out and where can we afford to keep it cheap & cheerful?
Our intention is to do up and sell if possible.
Thanks for any responses!

What is the process for removing external render?

In the process of buying a victorian semi which needs a lot of work. External side wall has been rendered but it is starting to come off at the top resulting in some damp seeping down behind and penetrating into the internal walls. I would like to remove all the render to take it back to lovely red brick but not sure how to do this, or how much it would cost. Is this something which we could do ourselves and how do we remove it without damaging the brick underneath. How should the wall be treated afterwards? An idea of the process of removing external render would be great. Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.

My builder will not provide an invoice for works done - What can I do?

I recently employed a builder to refurb my house - works involved changing layout of upstairs, so knocking down one wall and putting up a couple of stud walls, plastering, plumbing two bathrooms and knocking down a dividing wall between kitchen and dining area. I agreed a price and timescales with a local builder.

The work proved to be chaotic, generally I consider to be of a low standard and ran two months over agreed timescales, taking four months rather than the two I was told it would take. This cost me as I had to pay for alternative accommodation.

I paid the builder as the agreed - (initially cash, then by direct bank transfer) on a weekly basis. When I started to have concerns I did discuss this with the builder - I did seriously consider changing builders but it seemed too far down the line and I wanted to keep a grip on costs.

The final cost came in a double the original price, at £25,000. Now my builder is refusing to give me a detailed invoice - in fact he won't provide any invoice at all. He is claiming that he cannot as he didn't keep receipts or records of what he paid to other contractors.

I want an invoice as proof of the works his company did and as a security should there be any issues later on.

What should I do? What can I do? I am starting to feel slightly nervous of this builder.

Cement mortar repointing on Victorian Terrace???

We have contracted a builder to repoint the gable end of our end terrace. Having read on various sites about repointing that lime mortar should always be used on old brickwork which were originally build with lime, I was surprised when the builder said he was planning to use cement (4:1 sand cement mix).
Should I be worried about letting them go ahead?

We have discovered a damp wet patch under the bay window

We have discovered a damp wet patch under the bay window sill on the interior of property, we are having problems determining where it is coming from. Any ideas/solutions????

We recently bought a 1930's house with a bay window in the living room. Whilst removing the wallpaper under the window we found black mould which was exacerbated by the wall being covered in polystyrene sheeting. The wall under the bay window had dried out nicely and we then had the plastered knocked back to the brickwork and replastered.

Over the last week ago we have experienced some snow and rain and have noticed a damp patch appearing in the right hand corner directly under the window sill and it radiates outwards from this point. We have ruled out rising damp, as the floorboards, skirting boarding and wall are sound. Even when it was riddled with mould the plaster had not blown out. We have looked outside of the property to find a cause but we are really struggling to find something that really stands out.

The bay window is a uPVC window with a stone sill on the outside, it has no cavity wall and is stone faced. The external brickwork looks alittle mossy near the ground and some of the stone bricks feel alittle sandy on the exterior but nothing that really scares you too much.

Does anyone have any ideas/information/solutions to this problem. All help will be gratefully received.


i want to take out a1930s tiled fire place out.of a council house

How are they fixed to the wall? will come off in one piece cleanish if we hit it right with a chisle or will it make a mess and take most of the wall with it??

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