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Renovating a property already comes with enough pressures. Between architects, tradesmen and shopping, all with the pressures of not overcapitalising and finishing with a set timeframe, the last thing on your mind is how other people feel. But if you don’t consider the others around you, your job may become a lot harder and stressful.

Understanding that you have a job ahead of you, though if you were to deploy some common sense and courtesy, you will lessen a major stress. Once you’ve decided to renovate and depending on whether you are doing full extension work or just updating the internals, you should write up a courtesy letter to let your neighbours know, especially the ones who are directly affected by any noise from the works. Conduct your work within the legal times specified by your council and even start one hour later and finish one hour before, if possible. Also let the neighbours a bit of guideline with the time you’re going to start and finish, just so they can be prepared for it. If you know that you’re about to start with some heavier construction, send out another note stipulating the suggested start date and end date of that work. Keep them in the loop the whole way and they will appreciate it, even if they’re not happy about it.

Neighbours can be pretty nasty sometimes, so it’s always good to safeguard yourself as much as possible. You don’t want the added stress and by doing the right the thing by your neighbours and keeping them in mind, you never know how that may be returned. You’ll be surprised who your neighbours may know and here and there, you may snag a cheaper labourer or a discount on some fittings. Simply put, doing the right thing is always the right thing.



The following advice is of a general nature and intended as an opinion and broad guide. For all legal, financial or real estate advice you should obtain independent professional advice to do with the specific nature of your circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.

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