I’ve been asking myself this a LOT recently.😵⁠

This situation is changing day by day. I haven’t got all the answers but for what it’s worth, here’s my take on it right now.👇⁠

✔️ Let’s face it, you’ll be spending more time at home over the coming weeks. Perhaps the perfect time to reflect on changes you could make to your home to improve your life? Plus it may be a welcome distraction. 😀⁠

✔️ If you’d been planning to go ahead with a home renovation and your financial situation remains stable, still reach out to Architects and Architectural Designers. You’d be surprised what they can do remotely & they will greatly appreciate your support during this tricky time. 👍

✔️ Have you already invested in a design for a home renovation? Got planning permission and building regulations approval? Yet to find a builder? No sweat. Many builders can still price projects remotely. 👍

✔️ Your permissions are good for three years from the date of the decision notice so you don’t need to worry about them expiring any time soon. 📜

✔️ If you’d like to avoid an even longer delay starting the building work, get all the pre-construction preparation done as soon as you can and get a builder provisionally booked in. Good builders were already in short supply before this crisis. How busy do you think they’ll be in 2021 if everyone postpones their 2020 home renovation? 😮

✔️ If you’ve got a project that has started on-site already expect some disruption, at least for the next few weeks.😕⁠

✔️ Many builders’ merchants have temporarily closed. If builders can’t get building materials to the site, they may not be able to continue your build.

✔️ There will be a number of builders and customers that are self-isolating over the coming weeks. This may mean it isn’t possible for work on your home to be completed when expected.⁠

✔️ Depending on the nature of your project it may be difficult for the work to be completed by the builder whilst social distancing is still required. IE – If it’s work inside your home.⁠

✔️ If you’ve previously agreed on a start date for the building work, it may get pushed back a bit.⁠

❓ If you have any questions drop me an email and let me know. I’d also love to hear your own thoughts on this.

Jon Clayton | 27th March 2020

PS – If you’ve got lots of questions about this [or anything else related to home design, renovation etc] you can book a Power Hour and pick my brain for a whole hour! 😀 A Power Hour is a one hour 1:1 video call with me, no home visit is required [coronavirus proof].😷 You can find out more by visiting the Power Hour page. 👍

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