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exactly what your expectations are, and make sure their insurance, health & safety policy and that they are able to comply with the ACOP 11 requirements.


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5 - Confusing Fiction with Reality People love renovation TV shows, especially ones that show a room or even a whole house being magically transformed in a single weekend. That’s not reality. It's entertainment!


4 - Forgetting About Health and Safety If you are doing some or all of the work yourself, you need to make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure your own safety and that of the contractor.


As a minimum requirement you need to have had an asbestos survey undertaken to avoid the deadly consequences of exposure.


Eye protection, ear protection, gloves, boots and a hard hat are also items you need to use once building works commence. All projects over a certain size now require a health & safety management plan to comply with ACOP 11.


Any workmen on site must have health and safety training and use personal protective equipment, you should check on this prior to allowing works to commence.


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3 - Failing to Anticipate the Disruption It's really important to anticipate the time and the programming of your renovation. You should do that up front to avoid any unpleasant surprises, then you can slowly start to piece your life and your home back together.


2 - Buying Cheap or Unsuitable Materials One of the biggest mistakes that people


make in refurbishments and renovation is that they try to save money buying cheap or unsuitable materials.


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It’s a cliché, but you get what you pay for. If you're going to do it, do it right and make sure the products are right and correctly


installed. If you can't afford to do it, wait until you can.


1 - Hiring the Wrong Contractor You need to make sure that the contractor is right for you and your project, selecting the wrong contractor can be costly on your time and money.


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Undertaking research to check the suitability of the contractor is critical to avoid disappointment.


When you send out enquiries or interview contractors check their references and suitability for the works involved. Specialist refurbishment and renovation contractors do specialist refurbishment and renovation projects so be wary of imposters.


Your selected contractor also needs to be correctly insured. Always check the small print to ensure that their insurance covers you and your home.


Remember YOU may be exposed or held liable if something goes wrong.


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