These days, it seems as if almost every TV channel has at least regular home improvement shows on schedule. It appears that the old adage “An Englishman’s home is his castle” has never been more apt – although we’d also like to extend that to women too of course! This obsession with property programmes seems rather peculiarly British, but luckily there’s something for everyone; from absolute disasters to DIY delights. Whatever the case, clearly these programmes make gripping viewing. However, the truth is that if you’re looking to make your property look fabulous, it’s rarely plain sailing. It’s very important to focus on the job in hand, even if the works cause a lot of disruption – you have to suffer to gain, as they say.
One of the key factors when it comes to making your property renovation go smoothly is to choose the right builder. We all know there are cowboys out there, so where better to start than with your friends and family contacts? However, it’s important to be careful when it comes to directly employing your chums because of the direct stress you’ll be under. You may feel you can’t be as assertive as you could be if you hired someone you didn’t know and it can be very hard to criticise a friend – especially if they’ve offered you ‘mate’s rates’ so to speak. And of course if they have offered you a discount they may leave for a gig that pays more so the whole job may take longer. In a nutshell: hire a building firm that has absolutely no connection to you.