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Monthly Archives: May 2015


Spring Is A Great Time To Start Your Building Work

You’ll often hear people say they have building work planned on their home for the summer but img-22_07why wait until then? There is no reason you can’t plan and begin building work at any time of the year and spring in particular is a great choice because you can benefit from climate conditions, finding builders who aren’t already fully booked with projects and you can also get ahead of the summer trade and have your project already underway when peak times arrive.

The summer window for work is limited which is why expanding into earlier months is a savvy move by people looking to have work done on their homes or business properties. Though we can’t admit to having the finest weather in Greater Manchester, our builders in Bolton and the surrounding areas are always able to work on projects, no matter what time of year it is. Yes, you do need be prepared for delays when the weather isn’t at its best but you’ll still be further ahead than waiting for the summer to arrive.

Spring is traditionally a time when we want to get our homes in order from spring cleaning to structural repair work, extensions and loft conversions and below is a closer look at the reasons why choosing a spring start for your building project could be your best bet.

Beat the Rush!

Even the biggest building companies have a limit on how much work they can take on at one time and June and July are notoriously busy. If you’ve already got your project underway in April or May then you don’t have to worry about further delays due to other projects being worked on. It also means that smaller projects and even some larger ones can be done in time for summer so you can relax and enjoy your space without worrying about the builders.

Take Advantage of the Weather

April showers may be right but May is known statistically as the driest month of the year so if your project is underway from early Spring you can be sure it’s in flow throughout May, taking advantage of that late spring (or early summer) sun.

Longer Working Days

The longer the sun is up, the longer workers can safely and effectively get to work. Whilst planning work throughout winter can be productive if you want a finished project for the New Year or for the warmer months, delays due to the lack of light, shorter days and wet and windy weather mean that spring is just a safer bet.

Getting your project complete is probably at the forefront of your mind and we can more than understand this and this is why we recommend getting in touch as soon as you are ready to discuss your requirements.

If your considering and building work on your home then contact Carl at Wisecraft who will be happy top discuss your requirements, and provide you with a no free no obligation quote.


Published Date: 25th May 2015
Category: General



How Much Will My Extension Cost?

There are many things to think about when you are deciding to turn your house into your dream home. Have I got enough room? What will the layout be like? What colour should I paint it? Will I have room for that amazing roll-top bath? But before you get carried away with interior design schemes or pre-ordering the biggest ever TV for your new man-cave, one of the first questions that you should ask yourself is – how much will it cost?

Obviously there is no way to completely predict the cost of an home xtension, as each building project is different. For example one extension may require much deeper and sturdier foundations than another, one may require a complete re-wire whereas another may have excellent wiring but involve much more complex plumbing.

However as a very rough guide, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests that the average cost of an extension is between £1,260 and £1,680 per square meter. This is to achieve a plastered finish but will exclude the price of any flooring, decoration, new kitchen etc. So according to these figures if you were thinking of building a 25 square meter single story extension this would cost between £31,500 and £42,000.

On the other hand if you were thinking of extending your living space with a loft conversion, RICS suggests a guide cost of between £660 and £900 per square metre. Giving that an average sized loft is estimated at 35 square meters, this would give you a final cost of around £23,100 and £31,500. But again this is before you have taken into account the costs of decorating, flooring, new furniture etc.

Of course, the only way that you will really know how much your extension is going to cost is to get at least 3 proper written quotes from reputable building companies. Here at Wisecraft Ltd builders in Bolton we pride ourselves on providing the very best quotes possible for our clients. We will ensure that we take the time to properly talk through your options to find a price and extension type/layout that suits you. Our quotes also promise to be fully comprehensive – so that means no hidden extras! And if an unforeseen issue should arise, we will ensure that nothing is done without your knowledge and permission and that any extra costs are clearly explained and quoted for.

So if you are wondering, how much will my extension cost? Contact Wisecraft Ltd today for a free, no obligation quote.


Published Date: 11th May 2015
Category: General, Handy Tips



Common Mistakes When Choosing A Builder

Hooray! You’ve finally decided to turn your house into your dream home. Whether it’s an img-24_07extension, loft conversion, new kitchen or bathroom or even just getting that leaky roof fixed, it’s critical to ensure that you are employing exactly the right person for the job. Here at Wisecraft Ltd we will always ensure that all of our building work is completed to the very best standard and in a timely manner – the good people of Bolton wouldn’t choose a builder who doesn’t!

However there are few common mistakes that many people make when deciding which the right builder for them is. Take heed – and then just contact Wisecraft Ltd Bolton!

Not getting references

Any builder worth their salt will be more than happy to provide you with testimonials from previous clients and will also encourage you to view their work. Word of mouth and personal referrals are a great way to put you in contact with potential builders, but always ensure that you get a reference that you can trust – after all what is acceptable to cousin Jim’s neighbour’s dog walker, might not be good enough for you!

Not getting a comprehensive quote

A common mistake here is confusing a quote with an estimate. An estimate is just that, a rough guess at how much your job should cost and how long it should take, whereas a proper written quote will break down the cost of the labour and materials and give you a final price that cannot be altered later without your permission. You should also obtain written quotes from at least 3 builders.

Confusing cheapest with best

For many people after obtaining their 3 quotes, it is simply a matter of choosing the cheapest. However beware of falling into this trap. Cheap does not always signify value for money – low prices can often be the result of using poor quality materials and unskilled or unqualified contractors. Read your quotes carefully and make a decision based on references, past work and the clarity of the quote – don’t get confused by jargon, if you don’t fully understand something ask for clarification.

Not checking insurance

All builders should have cover to protect themselves against property damage and public liability insurance to protect everyone in the case of accident or injury. Most reputable builders will also be able to offer work with an Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG). Here at Wisecraft Ltd we offer IBG’s provided by HomePro, the UK’s leading IBG provider. This will ensure that your financial investment will be protected.

For free, no obligations quotes and advice, contact Wisecraft Ltd today. We are an award winning Bolton builders company who are committed to providing the very best building work possible and pride ourselves on being a reputable company with a proven standard of workmanship.


Published Date: 6th May 2015
Category: Handy Tips


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