Claire Aumont our resident property expert from estate agent Monde Avenir answers this month’s hot property question.
I am looking to buy a house that needs doing up, but I don’t know how to get started with organising work people to help. What’s your advice?
Unless you have exhaustive experience in building your own properties as well as in-depth knowledge in the local building legislation, I would leave it all to the experts.
Before you buy a house requiring renovation work, you should ask an architect to survey the house and clearly explain the amount of work that is needed and the associated costs. Once the house is yours, the same professional can advise you on the procedures.
You can either hire the architect to manage the project for you, or hire a building team with a project manager who will work under the architect’s recommendations.
For your renovation project to be a successful one (no loss of time and no cost overrun), all the trades need to be coordinated by a professional who understands how they interact, and who dedicates his or her time to properly following up progress on site.
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