Trust, serenity and safety !
Never underestimate the construction prices. Be careful and always predict more budget. Especially if you plan on purchasing “old” and desire a complete renovation.
Do not hesitate to get many quotes. Be very careful, it is very important to look after the advancement of the constructions.
The construction can be a nuisance for your neighbors. In case of disputes, you may be required to pay compensation. Therefore do not forget to inform them about the progress of constructions and prepare them for any discomfort. Try to reassure them, by playing the transparency card and by communicating details and the time frame of the construction. You can also have a bailiff’s report drawn up before the beginning. These are additional expenses, but they can help you avoid serious consequences in case of conflict.
From the beginning, think about integrating the ancillary costs into the amount of your project. This could be, for example, the rent you will have to pay temporarily during the construction period, or the cost of a storage facility. Do not forget the cost of connecting to the utility network.