Responsible home owners need to plan a series of both major and small work to their homes, including extensions, loft conversions, sometimes even full renovations requiring architectural and structural support.
While the service should be tailored all the way, it is important that the contractor is fully insured and their works are fully scheduled and guaranteed, following all construction regulations. Look for a provider with excellent references and recommendations.
Home owner contracts
Regardless of the style or size of the loft conversion services you require, make sure the contract between you and the service provider is industry recognized.
The construction industry often uses documentation from the Joint Contracts Tribunal; for small domestic building work, such as loft conversions, extensions and alterations, you would need a home owner contract.
This type of documentation will protect you whenever you appoint consultants or contractors to undertake your building work. You can get both online and hard copy versions, but the format is less important. What maters the most is that you get two copies of your building contract, namely one for you and the other for the contractor.
The contract does not fall under the provisions of the Construction Act, and it may prove useful should there be a dispute between you (the home owner) and the contractor.
The document lays out the agreed sum, VAT included, and how you intend to pay it, either as a single payment once the work is completed, or as interim payments at intervals agreed with the contractor.
As far as the work itself is concerned, the contract covers planning permission, building regulations and party walls, the type of work to be done, the working period and hours, guarantees, insurance and disputes. It also details the responsibilities of the contractor and of the customer, plus all health and safety issues.