Homeowners should plan seven months ahead for home improvement projects, says Federation of Master Builders
Demand for builders means that homeowners must plan up to seven months ahead if they want a successful home improvement project, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Existing research from the FMB revealed that consumers should expect to wait at least four months’ for a quality builder to be available. However, the FMB’s latest research reveals that when this notice period is combined with the length of time various home improvement projects take to complete, homeowners will have to wait a total of:
· Seven months for an extension
· Six and a half months for a loft conversion
· Five months to paint the entire interior of your home
· Five months for a new bathroom
· Five months for a new kitchen
· Five months to convert part of a master bedroom into an en-suite
· Five months to convert a cupboard under-the-stairs into a downstairs toilet
· Just under five months to remove an internal wall to create an open plan kitchen/diner
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “A successful building project requires careful planning and our research gives clear guidance to consumers on likely timelines. Not only do homeowners need to consider how long a project takes to complete, they also need to remember how long they should expect to wait for a quality builder to be available to get going on their project.
“If homeowners want to work with a good builder, they should be expecting to wait at least four months and as a general rule, the larger the project, the longer the wait. When looking to appoint a builder, alarm bells should ring if they say they can start next week. Experienced and professional building firms are booked up far in advance and it’s always worth waiting for these firms if you want a stress-free experience and a quality finish.”