Think carefully about those you employ – getting the right professional advice and tradesmen can often make or break your project.
Architects and surveyors
Agree how much responsibility your architect or surveyor will have at the beginning of the project. Particularly whether you’ll need both Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval. You should also check if their quote covers any amendments needed to get the approval as well as any supervisory or contract management services.Also think about:
- Do they belong to a recognised professional institution, like RIBA or RICS?
- Are they part of a local practice?
- What kind of projects have they worked on recently and can they provide examples/references from these?
Once the designs are finished, it’s best to get your application for Planning Permission and/or Building Regulations approval sent in as soon as possible, so you have all the consents you need before the work starts.
Where to find one
You can look for a suitable architect or surveyor in the local papers, through online search engines, ratings sites and from professional membership bodies. You can also ask friends and family if they have any recommendations.
- find a local architect through Local Architects Direct
- find an architect through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- find a surveyor through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
- find a party wall surveyor through the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors (FPWS) or Pyramus & Thisbe Club (P&T)
BuildersFind out as much as possible at the start of a project about the builder you choose, agree exactly what they are going to do for you and at what cost. It’s a good idea to get a recommendation or take up references before agreeing to any work, under a suitable contract.
- tips for choosing a builder from the National Federation of Builders
- search for a builder in Kingston upon Thames with MyBuilder.com
- search for a builder from the Federation of Master Builders