Cash for Slapdash31 May 2012
In a recent research project by The Federation of Master Builders, it was discovered that, in 2011, homeowners had been conned out of over £260 million by unscrupulous builders who left these homeowners with poorly completed jobs. Almost half (48%) of homeowners are laying themselves open to shoddy workmanship, by paying builders in cash, in an attempt to avoid VAT. What can a homeowner do to protect themselves?
- always use a reputable builder
- ask for recommendations from friends and family
- use the FMB Find a Builder service
- generally avoid builders who approach you, particularly those who turn up on your doorstep
- avoid builders who suggest that they will do the work for cash
- look at their website to check for client recommendations
- look at their website to see examples of their previous work
It is also worth signing the Cut the VAT petition to ask that the government cut the VAT from 20% to 5% on home improvements and renovations – this would save homeowners £150 on every £1000 worth of work done.
Sustainable Building Guide23 May 2012
Jewson have produced an excellent Sustainable Building Guide for householders considering renovating a property or building a new house. It covers subjects such as sustainable building materials, renewable energy sources, financial incentives and water saving ideas. The brochure can be picked up in store or an easy to read online version can be found on their website.
Energy Saving Measures20 Apr 2012
Installing energy efficiency measures can bring many benefits to householders and the ideal time to consider these is when you are carrying out home improvements. Many simple measures can be applied during the home improvement work, which can make a big difference to the energy performance of your home. The benefits of installing energy efficiency measures are:
- Save money on energy bills
- Reduce consumption of fuel
- Improve quality and comfort of the home
- Help to reduce the carbon emissions of your home
- Have a positive impact on the environment
Client Survey17 Apr 2012
George Adamson Builders aim to provide a good service for customers and work hard to ensure that all clients are satisfied with the finished product. As part of this it is really important that clients are listened to. George Adamson Builders really value feedback from clients and use this feedback to further improve the service offered. If you have used George Adamson Builders it would be most helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill in the client satisfaction survey.
Building Bricks17 Mar 2012
Would you love to build your own home? Have you got a hankering for a renovation project? Do you need some ideas about where to start when revamping your current home? If so, you can find all the inspiration and information you require under the one roof. The National Self Build and Renovation Centre, near Swindon, offers a permanent centre with a wealth of information and resources for self builders and renovators.
The centre is hosting The National Self Build and Renovation Show on the 14th & 15th April 2012. At the show will be many professionals who can offer advice about various different subjects – from foundations to finances, planning to project management and from new technology to tradesmen. There will be over 200 exhibitors at the event, 3 full scale houses, various products on display and numerous experts for free one-to-one consultations.
For more information and to register for FREE tickets please visit the National Self Build and Renovation Show website.
Spring is in the Air9 Mar 2012
Winter weather can result in a huge amount of damage to properties. Research done by M&S Money showed that weather conditions have resulted in home insurance claims for weather damage now exceeding £600 million per year.
With this in mind, spring is a great time of year to have a good look round your house and garden, make note of any damage done and make plans for any maintenance required. You should do the following:
- identify any loose slates/tiles and check the overall condition of the roof
- clear gutters to ensure they are clean and in good condition
- check the condition of the chimney – both the external brickwork and the internal flue. If you have a coal fire or woodburning stove you should get your chimney swept regularly
- look round all the external walls to check for loose areas in the brickwork/roughcast etc
- check any exterior timber – look for signs of weather damage or decay
- check patios/driveways for loose or broken areas
From these checks you can then identify which tasks need done to ensure that your property is well maintained and ready to face next winter. Many tasks that may need done can easily be done by the householder – spring and summer are a great time for getting these jobs done
Home Improvement Guide2 Mar 2012
If you are thinking of making alterations or improvements to your home there are so many different things to consider, it can seem overwhelming. The FMB have put together an excellent guide to help all those who are considering making some changes to their home. It is full of excellent advice and top tips that will make the whole process much more straightforward and as stress free as possible. It covers subjects such as:
- How to add value to your home
- How to stay warm and cut your fuel bills
- How to choose the best builder for your job
- How to work effectively with your builder
- How to protect your investment
Cut the VAT1 Mar 2012
Would you like to pay £150 less on every £1000 of home improvements that you make?
This could be made possible in this month’s budget, if the Chancellor decides to reduce the VAT from 20% to 5% for home improvements and maintenance. In this current economic climate this would make a real difference to home owners, by cutting the cost of any home improvement work. It could also benefit the whole country by helping many construction companies to recover, therefore creating new jobs and helping the economy to grow. It may also encourage more people to adopt new energy saving measures, thereby reducing their fuel bills in the long term.
The FMB is campaigning to get the VAT reduced so please sign their Cut the VAT petition now to show that you would like the VAT rate to be reduced for home improvements and maintenance.