Building work plan / cost: please help!!

(6 Posts)
stilllovingmysleep Fri 05-Jun-15 18:16:19

Hi, we're trying to figure out if we can afford to do lots of building work on a 3 bedroom victorian house which we've made an offer on. We have 30,000£ approximately to spend outright & then hope to manage to find ways to spend 20,000£ more if needed gradually or by using IKEA credit kind of thing.

What in your opinion of these jobs has to be done asap and what can wait until we've moved in / or can be delayed?

Also: where do you think and in what way can we cut costs? Any smart ideas on anything on this list to do it well / cut down costs much much appreciated

--plumbing / piping
--boiler
--electrics including change position of radiators
--ripping out existing cabinets etc
--plastering
--painting
--bathroom upstairs
--toilet downstairs (can be delayed)
--wardrobes (can be delayed)
--windows (can be delayed)
--floors whole house
--shelving (can be delayed?)
--resalvaged tiles around fireplace (delay?)
--straightening up floor in one room which might (survey will tell) create problem in ceiling downstairs (this is the one job that mostly worries us in case it's a structural / very expensive / nightmare problem)
--tiny kitchen (for now IKEA / no extension)

OK I'm bracing for your answers / suggestions. If you think I'm way off with my budgeting let me know.

newstart15 Fri 05-Jun-15 19:44:23

Where are you in the country as that makes a massive difference to costs?

It really does depend on extent of plumbing and structurally work but I think its important to get all the structural work done. Floors straightened, plumbing, electrics and then plastering.

--plumbing / piping - what exactly is needed?
--boiler - assuming standard boiler around 2.5k-3k
--electrics including change position of radiators - new electrics??
--ripping out existing cabinets etc - do yourself
--plastering - work on £200 per room
--painting - can you do it yourselves?
--bathroom upstairs - £at least 2k but could be more depends on shower
--toilet downstairs (can be delayed) - could be around 1k
--wardrobes (can be delayed) - do after
--windows (can be delayed) depends on what you want, any doors? but 5k-7k at least
--floors whole house - what type of floors? you can get a quote now
--shelving (can be delayed?)
--resalvaged tiles around fireplace (delay?)
--straightening up floor in one room which might (survey will tell) create problem in ceiling downstairs (this is the one job that mostly worries us in case it's a structural / very expensive / nightmare problem) - what is the issue? Best to do this straightaway
--tiny kitchen (for now IKEA / no extension) = 3k-5k

stilllovingmysleep Fri 05-Jun-15 22:33:15

thanks newstart. We're in London.

MmeLindor Fri 05-Jun-15 22:41:15

We spent about £30k on a similar job, but not as old house, and no structural work.

Think about the order in which you will do the work. New electrics, plumbing and central heating obviously will need to be done at the same time, and you'll need to do the flooring and plastering then too. So you might want to do the downstairs loo at the same time.

We left the kitchen for later, cause it was the one room that didn't affect the other work.

stilllovingmysleep Sun 07-Jun-15 07:30:23

Thanks everyone.

One thing I'm realising from my research so far is that there's a) lots of deals to be had and b) lots of places where you can do 0% interest installments eg IKEA, Magnet but other places too. That should be a good way to do parts of the building work.

poocatcherchampion Sun 07-Jun-15 07:34:42

I would move in and start with the structural stuff.

We've done most things on your list or are working through them for about that sort of money. We are pretty hands on eg
Done all painting
Removed and fitted kitchen
Etc

And we also don't expect it perfect straight away. or ever

I don't think you will manage everything on that budget probably.

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