Londoners not realistic about their property projects according to new research


Over 80 per cent of Londoners who are undertaking building works don’t have realistic expectations about how long the project is going to take, and nearly 85 per cent don’t realise how much they are going to cost, according to new research commissioned by The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show.

65 per cent of London’s builders, who took part in the survey, said that they liaise over three to four times with their potential customers before signing the contract, as only one in six offer relevant information in advance without being asked.

Homebuilders and renovators can learn how to get their project off on the right foot by listening to the advice and insight of professional builders with decades of experience behind them on all types of projects as The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show is launching a new event feature called Trade Secrets Stage – Home Improvement Made Simple, in conjunction with Checkatrade, the leading online trade directory.

To facilitate this, female builder and developer Sian Astley and home renovator Jo Dyson, assisted by show spokespeople Michael Holmes and Jason Orme, will ask professionals Andy Stevens and Mike Edwards to share their trade secrets. By finding out the answer to what builders wish their clients knew, consumers can avoid the typical errors, oversights or unrealistic demands that homeowners make and complete their homes on time and on budget.

From 21-23 September, attendees can discuss with experts a wide range of topics including updating the kitchen; loft, garage and cellar conversions, wiring and lighting design; fitting a new bathroom, shower room or cloakroom or replacing windows and doors. The full programme can be viewed here:

People are invited to attend the sessions and share their questions in advance through the Twitter handle @MyHomebuilding.