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by serry, Jul 1, 2012

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Q: Renovation of small bungalow - what order do I get the jobs done?

I have just bought a small bungalow with 'potential'. I am not doing extensive rebuilding, just insulating, new kitchen, bathroom, roof works, damp & woodworm, gardening and decorating.

How do I work out an order to do it all - most of the specialist work is being subcontracted?

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by Matt Long, Jul 2, 2012

A: Project management can be a tricky business... balancing the needs of the build, with the availability of your contractors and materials, and your needs.

Without seeing the bungalow, and exactly what the jobs you are doing are, it's not so easy to give a specific order, but generally, this is how I would tackle the jobs.

Fixing the roof - make your property water-proof
Damp and woodworm
Major (first fix) electrics and plumbing
Insulation
Fitting kitchen/bathroom with second fix plumbing/electrics
Decorating
Gardening

(Generally, first fix is the work done prior to plastering, second fix, after plastering.)

Obviously, there needs to be flexibility, however. For instance, if the roof has woodworm, then it may be easier to tackle that as you fix the roof. If you are just insulating your loft, then that can be done anytime after the roof is fixed - though you may want to let the plumbers and electricians lay pipes and wires in the loft before insulating up there.

Also, you don't say if, or when, you are/will be living in the place, which may affect how you tackle the jobs.

You may consider this all a bit much, and want to employ a project manager. This may seem like an additional expense, but in the long run it may well be cheaper. The problem is, if you get the order of tradesmen wrong, and they have to damage work already done, then the additional cost to make good will be your responsibility. Also, if your contractor doesn't do a good job, how would you know?

So, before deciding if you want to project manage, do your research, and find out just how much work is involved, and the risks you are taking. And remember, a project manager will have trusted building contractors, who should get the job right first time.

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    • User serry profile image serry Says:

      Posted on 02 of July 2012

      Yes, I am living there while it's going on- was intending to more or less camp out in one room. Thanks for the really helpful reply - having read it I can see the benefit of having a project manager as I don't really know that much about the different trades.