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Alteration work

Part of my job is to organise and speed up your alteration work and make sure that all is going well.
After qualified professionals in the building sector have been selected, it is important to have your work supervised properly right through to its completion.


А – FREE ESTIMATES

It is sometimes very difficult to contact firms dealing in the trade you need.
Based on the concept for your future alterations, it is important to review the situation at your property with qualified professionals.
During this visit, we will discuss the right technical choices depending on the concept, together with deadlines for completing the work.

To reduce your expenditure, I can give you the advantage of my professional discounts (5% to 15%) with numerous companies.

In this case, depending on your choices, the free estimates received from the firms we approach will thus only involve the installation of the equipment, not the provision and installation (this is very common, for example, with floors like parquet or tiling if you buy your supplies as part of a special offer).


B – Choosing firms

To avoid any misunderstandings as regards the estimates, with each of my projects I draw up a quantitative statement defining the type of service provided, the type of materials used, the choice of brands and the surface measurements in m² for all the work involved.

In this way, firms will provide answers that are all based on the same information, which will make it easier to choose the best estimate and service for your work. In every case, depending on the scale of the work envisaged, I will approach at least two and possibly three firms. Then when we have all the estimates, we can make a financial comparison of the various services.


С – The work schedule

Once you have decided on the firms we have approached, I will draw up a work schedule with the dates for the various types of alterations, and the firms involved will sign a document in three original copies (one for you, one for me and one for the company).

This document is legally binding on the firms as regards the final completion date decided for the work.


D – Supervising the work

To keep a check on the progress of the work, on each of my weekly visits I will meet the representatives of the various firms carrying out the work.

During these meetings, we will take stock of the state of progress, any details remaining to be completed, the technical choices for the work, any modifications needed, etc.

To keep a written record of all the information covered during these meetings, I will write up a report of each worksite meeting, and email it to you and the firms concerned the next day.

This report describes the various points we have covered, and any that need to be completed without fail before the next meeting.

This document is legally binding.

E – Paying for the work

I will check the invoices issued by the firms as the work goes along, and confirm to you whether they match the amounts in question.

Usually, you make a payment of 30% to 40 % of the total amount when you sign the estimate (invoice no. 1)
Then 40% to 50% once the work is under way (invoice no .2).
20% for the remaining balance, once you are satisfied that your project has been properly completed, and you have signed the "final acceptance report" (invoice no. 3)


F – FINAL ACCEPTANCE OF WORK

During this meeting, we make a final tour of the work and make a note if you wish of all the details remaining to be completed on a document called the "final acceptance report".

This document, which is legally binding, is signed by you, the firm and myself.

As from the date this document is drawn up, firms have to comply with a deadline of fifteen days to complete the various details we indicated at this meeting; this is then followed by what is called "lifting the reservations".

How can you be sure that the firm will really carry out the work indicated in the final acceptance report within fifteen days?

The 20% of the total amount for the work still to be paid provides a guarantee that the work will be properly completed.
The final invoice paid is considered as the "final settlement". .


THE PEACE OF MIND BONUS

Your project is only considered to be finished when the final acceptance report is drawn up and signed by you, the firm and myself.

This document stipulates that the project meets all your requirements.

From then on, you are covered by the annual and ten-year warranty of the firm that carried out the work.

If the slightest problem becomes apparent within a year of the signature of the final acceptance report, the firm is bound to repair the "defects" observed, at its own expense.