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Read On If You Want More Time And Money (Oh, And A Beautiful Home)…


We can’t believe it’s February already but that doesn’t lessen our feelings of excitement for the new opportunities we have for 2018.  We’re sure you’ve also got big plans, and if part of your ambition is to tick off a home improvement project, the next few weeks could be very useful to you.

We’re kicking off our Home Improvement 101 programme this week – an 8-week guide tackling the questions you’ll need to ask (both your team and yourself) and the steps you should follow (or, at least, consider) to give your project the greatest chance of success.

And a successful project is satisfying on so many levels:  you end up with a gorgeous house and a sense of achievement (you did it!), you boost your quality of life, you gain space, and you’ll win financially if you make the right choices (there’s usually a pretty nice return on your investment, depending on the type and size of your project).  On the other hand, home improvement can be challenging and stress-inducing and that’s what our programme aims to eliminate!

Whether you’re planning an extension or refurbishing a whole house, there are certain steps you’ll need to follow to ensure success, and several questions you’ll need to ask yourself before you get started – and you’ll need to dig deep.    Honest questions and answers now will pay dividends later in terms of clever design, smart budgeting and reliable timescales, not to mention stress-reduction.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take you step-by-step through the entire process, from your first ideas and thoughts on the possibility of a project, through to finally closing the doors to the build team and settling in to enjoy your new home.


Home Improvement 101 will cover topics such as:

  • Vital first questions to ask yourself – know yourself!
  • Who you’ll need in your team and what to expect from them
  • How to set a realistic budget and timescale and what could blow it?
  • How do builders price your project and how can you ‘cost engineer’ if the estimate comes in too high?
  • What to expect from the design process
  • Communication and review during the build stage
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • What to expect at completion and handover

So join us to get started on your journey – keep an eye on your inbox for the first instalment.

The Charter Projects’ Team


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