Restoration & Refurbishment Question

Looking to buy refurb poroject in loughton essex, advice required...

Hi all
We are looking to purchase a very small 2 bedroom peiod cottage in Loughton Essex, I am currently trying to get a rough estimate of costs so i can establish what we can afford to offer.
I understand its a case of how long is a piece of string but i have to start somewhere. Also, if anyone in the area would be willing to accompany us to our second viewing and provide a rough quote on the below then we would be eternally grateful and of course they would be our first port of call when actually having the work done. We are hoping to offer and start the process asap.
We predict we need the following:
Engineered wood flooring throughout lounge (7.45m × 3.36m) and kitchen (2.59m × 1.83m)
Full kitchen replacement (2.59m × 1.83m) Mid range units, butler sink, tiling etc etc
New back door plus fitting
New window in kitchen
New bathroom plus complete retile (no exact measurements for bathroom, similar size to kitchen)
Tiled/slate/stone flooring in bathroom
Re carpeting up small staircase and into 2 x small double bedrooms (3.36m × 2.77m) (3.69m × 3.33m)
Complete repaint throughout entire property plus sash window frames
I do have sales details for this property if further details/photos are required. I also appeal again for anyone who could quote on this kind of work to perhaps offer us some time to attend our second viewing with us and quote on necessary works. If not then a some advice and ideas would be much appreciated. We are new to this and so far it seems rather daunting.
All the best
Naomi

1 Answer

Best Answer

Hi Naomi & Anthony,

Just read your request and I would advise you to take a friendly builder to view the property with you as they will look at it with a builders eye to what needs to be done. A good experienced builder will know the pathology of an older property and may find some things that may have been overlooked by a surveyor or estate agent. It is always wise to do this when looking at older properties. Also make sure there are timber & damp guarantees in place as well as electrical/gas certificates for boilers water heaters consumer units.
From the information I have gleened from your post I would put a rough estimate of £15-20K for the work but that is only a guesstimate without looking at the property. Good luck and happy house hunting, I am always happy to answer any further questions for you. Oh, nearly forgot, check the drains on older properties as well, they tend to be the old salt glazed clay type & are prone to cracking/blocking or partial collapse!!

Kind Regards

Graham Poynter

Answered 18th Mar 2013

Graham Poynter Carpentry/Building & Joinery

Member since 4 Mar 2013

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