Restoration & Refurbishment Question

Schedule of works for multi trade job.

I'm due to have my bedroom refurbished works to incude: replastering walls and ceiling, window fitting, redecoration, door rehung, wardrobes built in, coving and re- skirting. Obviously , I'll leave the decorating until last but in what order do I hire all the other trades? I thought the window fitters should be first followed by the plasterers, then the joiners. However I keep thinking that the joiners will ruin the new plaster or the plasterers will mess up the wardrobes. What is the correct order? Or should I just hire a general builder and let him worry about the schedule?

Just wanted to say thanks very much for the responses - I will choose the general builder route and let him do the worrying.

5 Answers

you could just hire a builder and let him worry about it or do exactly what you first though , window fitters ,plasterer, joiner, decorator.
if the joiner ruins the plaster he is not a good joiner

Answered 19th Jun 2011

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

4.decorator( will fix the plaster if damage by joiner)

Answered 19th Jun 2011

Martin Construction

Member since 1 Apr 2009

Good idea to let someone else do the worrying?
Your not sure about things so it could end up costing you twice as much and also people taking advantage of You.
Get someone to give you a qoute for all the works and detail what materials you need as best as poss, get him to measure the windows and order them urself for him to fit as well as any other joinery made and fitted, then at least you get what you want and the quality? if the joiners upset some of the plastering then the decorators will be able to make that good before decs are done and watch out on payments so you dont pay to much in advance, just try and keep payments to what work has been compleated and it will help to be a little flexable, but not to much? or you could end up with a builder who has run out of money before the job has finished and wants more. Expect some extras as the work progress, there is always something thats needs doing that no one has thought about. Finally always make sure your last payment is at least 15% of total so if there are any probs at the end you at least have something to bargain with if you need some sorted and dont fall for i'll do it next week and pay them on trust? most builders are honest but you have to cover urself as well? its not personal its buisiness. Any decent builder knows that.

2..Plastering and coving
3..Joinery and wardrobes
4..Then redecorations
If you are doing any wiring for lights ect have it done befor the plastering
so the plasters can cover it in, also the plasters should be able to fit the coving.

Answered 20th Jun 2011

Pimco, property improvement and maintenance co.

Member since 30 Jul 2008

Dear Diddydels

My advice would be to speak to a company that have got all of required trades in-house, and can take responsibility for entire project. Rather than hiring each tradesman separatelly. This way you will have one personresponsible for delivery and avoid shifting of responsibility if anything goes wrong.

Michael Mallington
MILU Automation Limited

Answered 20th Jun 2011

MILU Automation Limited

Member since 1 Jun 2011

get the window fitted first (Joiner), next Plasterer for ceiling and walls, Joiner again for wardrobes and door, then decorate, simples!!, a good general builder would be the stressless way forward though, Eddie ATS alltrades

Answered 20th Jun 2011

ATS Building Services

Member since 16 Oct 2009

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