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Walter Rd construction ends

The project is starting to really take shape as we reach the end of construction phase and move into the next stages of finding tenants and refinancing.

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Gwendoline St with "finding a builder" written on it

Today we visited the work sites of two of the builders we are getting quotes from, to understand their work method, see them in their own environment, and understand likely costs of works based on their existing/ past jobs. We are still waiting for quotes, but based on the type of work we have seen we are quite certain about one of the builders being the one we work with.  In traditional blog style, I will change names to Bob and Paul. Bob came on site, and did an inspection, wrote a few notes, but didn’t give me a lot of confidence that his price was going to be completely fixed. He did not ask enough questions like “how would you like that done” etc so I am expecting to have at least a 10% overshoot on his quote. Paul on the other hand did a full work up of…

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Gwendoline St with "finding a builder" written on it

Today we met with 2 builders on site to get some quotes and ideas about the development. Walking around the property with the builders, we discovered the ease in which this property could be turned into a HMO at a relatively low cost as many walls are brick, and therefore the fire exit is protected.  The biggest issue may be the window escape routes. We will have to check with building control if it is necessary to change all the windows which are UPVC already, but not fire exit standard. Bad news was this little beauty we found growing out of 3 spots, 2 downstairs and 1 upstairs. One of the builders said “this is not good, fix it straight away” and another said “no urgency” so we are seeking another opinion.  Our research took us to a couple of places, including a DIY treatment site suggested the best way…

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