When it comes to costing your house renovation in London, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer. Whether you’re planning a full home rehash, a loft or garage conversion, or a basement fit-out, the cost may vary wildly from home to home, and even between different areas within London.
Costing house renovation projects can be tricky, and many of the costs mightn’t be obvious at first glance. That’s why we’ve taken the time to explain some of the hidden costs which may influence the bottom line of your project:
As on any building site, all waste needs to be dealt with which means you’ll require a skip. However, there are a few factors that may influence even the simple task of rubbish removal:
Things get a bit trickier if you don’t have a driveway.
This means you’ll need to arrange a parking suspension and a road license through your local council. The closer your project is to central London, the more expensive this will be. Please note it may take up to 2 weeks to get permissions of this nature from the council, so you need to factor this into your calculations.
Using a ‘wait and load’ service is a great option if you don’t have a driveway. The cost of wait and load services is calculated per load as well as by weight, plus your builder will need to factor in the cost of manual handling and the cost of the bags. If the load isn’t heavy, the cost of a full load should be similar to that of a 12-yard skip.
House renovation projects that require excavation or structural demolition will generate lots of heavy waste. In this situation, the ‘wait and load’ track service isn’t your best option.
You need to secure extra parking space for the skip lorry to deliver the bin and wait while it is loaded. If there is insufficient space, the driver is likely to drive away and you’ll have to wear the cost of a false delivery!
The cost of delivering materials may also vary dramatically according to location. If your property is on a busy road, delivering materials such as concrete will require extra time and hassle. In this situation, you’ll need to arrange parking suspension and traffic management through your local council.
The closer your project is to central London, the steeper parking costs will be. This is significant because you can reasonably expect that at least 2 vans will need to be parked at your site every day for the duration of your project.
Does your house renovation project require a party wall agreement? Does your builder require access via one of your neighbor’s side alleys or gardens? The closer you are to central London, the more complicated these agreements are likely to be. Be sure to negotiate and arrange agreements well in advance.
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