The prospect of undertaking a new building project is always exciting. Not only does it provide you with an opportunity to add space or transform the aesthetics of your building, but it can generate a significant return on your investment in an ever-lucrative property market.

However, if you lack experience in managing a project, organising all of the essential parts can seem daunting. Not only do you need to apply for all of the relevant planning permissions and regulations, but you need to hire a construction team who you can trust. At ACE, we have put together some of our top tips which you can use when starting a building project of your own.

1. Determine the goals of your project

One of the most important parts of starting a project is setting your goals. Whether you want to generate more space, increase the value of your property or improve the aesthetics of your exterior, a clear objective will help you make the most out of your building project, and save the unnecessary time, cost and heartache when you realise your project hasn’t delivered what you wanted.

Setting goals and strategies is not only good for the organisation of your project, but it can be used to improve the communications between the constructors, local authorities and others involved.

2. Get the relevant building regulations and planning permission

Another pre-project essential is permission. Seeking the relevant building regulations and planning permissions should be done so in advance, as it can take at least two months to get a clear response from your local authority or planning office. There are clear differences between planning permission and building regulations, which we highlighted in our previous blog post, so it is important to determine what your project will require before you make a start.

3. Set a timescale

To maximise the efficiency of your project, you should set a clear timescale. Sitting down with your builders or project manager and setting dates to complete key milestones – such as planning, designing, construction and completion – will help to keep all parties satisfied and reduce the cost.

4. Work with professionals

Whether you have no experience or you’re too busy to take on the management of your project yourself, working with a team of professionals is always the most sensible solution. Not only do they have the skills and experience required to deliver an expert finish, but they can take the responsibilities and stresses away from investing in a new project and give you an opportunity to focus on smaller things such as the finishing touches.

If you require assistance with your building project in London, rely on the team here at Amatrix Consulting Engineers. From planning and designing to project management and completion, we can provide solutions for a range of small and medium size projects; if you have any queries contact us and we will be happy to assist you further!