If you’ve tried to get a contractor out to do any work on your property lately, you might well have had some issues with availability. That’s because there is currently an industry-wide shortage of skilled labour, fuelled by a number of different factors.
The government has set out a new plan to reform the UK’s planning system. The white paper, entitled Planning for the future (Full PDF here), sets out sweeping reforms to an old-fashioned planning system that is unpopular with both developers and the general public.
Finding a refurbishment and restoration contractor who specialises in the type of work you need can be challenging. This guide will explain the basics so you can choose with confidence.
A new watchdog has been set up by the government to tackle the problem of rogue builders in the new-build market.
The new body will be given powers to ban cowboy developers and prevent them from building new houses. It will also aim to improve standards across the country and make it much easier for victims of dodgy builders to claim compensation.
When it comes to changing the exterior of your home, there’s more than an outside chance that your thoughts immediately turn to expense, planning permission and hassle. Although there are many exterior works which do require the services of a professional, there are some improvements that you can make without having to get the builders in.