Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 23.06.2019, 04:48
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 8
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
carmitn has no particular reputation at present
Looking for a contractor that can estimate a needed renovation

We have found a very interesting property in BL, but it needs renovation. Before we make our offer, we would like to come with a contractor that could help us estimate the cost of the basic renovation - i.e pipes, electricity, isolation and roof.
Does anyone has an experience with a good renovator that could come and give us a realistic estimation??
Thank you for any advice!!!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 23.06.2019, 08:47
RTN RTN is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Uetikon am See
Posts: 1,492
Groaned at 13 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 1,701 Times in 763 Posts
RTN has a reputation beyond reputeRTN has a reputation beyond reputeRTN has a reputation beyond reputeRTN has a reputation beyond reputeRTN has a reputation beyond reputeRTN has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Looking for a contractor that can estimate a needed renovation

I have done this a few times and there are quite a few variables that always push the final price up, it's like buying a new car, initial price is ok but the option list can make it expensive but there is always a value point which is different to the cheapest price. If a property needs a major roof renovation then this is generally the tipping point for knocking it down and starting from new similar to an old luxury car when the electronic parts start to fail.

This service is normally carried out by an architect here but there costs and service levels are hugely variable so caution is critical. Not that they are inherently bad but more that they are an authority figure here so operate in a different way to what we from the Anglo-Saxon world think as normal.

If you have plans and photos I can look at it for you with or without a site visit.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 23.06.2019, 13:18
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Looking for a contractor that can estimate a needed renovation

We've (Me and my parents) more than completely overhauled a few buildings throughout life (Not in Switzerland), and we only found it financially interesting because we could do all ourselves. If you have to rely on companies for everything it is not only a personal challenge but also a financial challenge, things almost always end up to become more expensive and buying price + renovation costs often does not equal new value.

An object that needs new piping, new electricity, needs to be isolated (Also new windows?) and needs an new roof is something I would stay clear of in this country unless you have the time and skills to do a lot yourself since that is where the profit is.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 24.06.2019, 17:32
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 8
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
carmitn has no particular reputation at present
Quote:
We've (Me and my parents) more than completely overhauled a few buildings throughout life (Not in Switzerland), and we only found it financially interesting because we could do all ourselves. If you have to rely on companies for everything it is not only a personal challenge but also a financial challenge, things almost always end up to become more expensive and buying price + renovation costs often does not equal new value.

An object that needs new piping, new electricity, needs to be isolated (Also new windows?) and needs an new roof is something I would stay clear of in this country unless you have the time and skills to do a lot yourself since that is where the profit is.
Thank you for your reply, we know that the windows and the heating system are in a good condition, but for the rest I dont know when was the last time it was replaced, so I mainly need a professional eyes to estimate the overall situation, and help us decide if it is worth it. Regarding the inner work (walls, floor, most of the kitchen work) we plan to do as much as we can ourselves, so it can save us some money....

Quote:
View Post
I have done this a few times and there are quite a few variables that always push the final price up, it's like buying a new car, initial price is ok but the option list can make it expensive but there is always a value point which is different to the cheapest price. If a property needs a major roof renovation then this is generally the tipping point for knocking it down and starting from new similar to an old luxury car when the electronic parts start to fail.

This service is normally carried out by an architect here but there costs and service levels are hugely variable so caution is critical. Not that they are inherently bad but more that they are an authority figure here so operate in a different way to what we from the Anglo-Saxon world think as normal.

If you have plans and photos I can look at it for you with or without a site visit.
Thank you so much for your reply, as a general role we dont want to make a lot of changes inside, paint, parquet and other relatively simple things we will do, and my father can help us with the kitchen. the heating system was renewed at 2011, and the windows look very new, but for the rest I dont know how to estimate, and the real estate agent does not have all the records from the elderly couple who lived there....
I do have plans, documents and photos, with some of the details, if you have the time to look at it, I will be very grateful!!! How can we do it? should I write here my e-mail so you can write me yours? i guess it is ok with the forum ....

Last edited by 3Wishes; 24.06.2019 at 17:56. Reason: merging consecutive replies
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 24.06.2019, 17:56
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 11,588
Groaned at 93 Times in 88 Posts
Thanked 20,279 Times in 8,967 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Looking for a contractor that can estimate a needed renovation

Quote:
View Post
Thank you so much for your reply, as a general role we dont want to make a lot of changes inside, paint, parquet and other relatively simple things we will do, and my father can help us with the kitchen. the heating system was renewed at 2011, and the windows look very new, but for the rest I dont know how to estimate, and the real estate agent does not have all the records from the elderly couple who lived there....
I do have plans, documents and photos, with some of the details, if you have the time to look at it, I will be very grateful!!! How can we do it? should I write here my e-mail so you can write me yours? i guess it is ok with the forum ....
Do not post your personal details. Click on the user's name, and from the drop-down, send a private message or send an email.

Edit - Whomever you ask, don't be shocked if you're expected to pay for an in-person visit and estimate of costs/work. This includes travel time for the contractor to get to your house. Ask in advance how much they'd charge for coming out to do an estimate. In the U.S. it is common to get quotes for free. Not in CH.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
baselland, contractor, new house, renovation




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apartment renovation consultant/contractor recommendation lansyjp Housing in general 1 27.11.2017 10:20
Renovation in Schaffhausen - Project Manager / General Contractor / Architect lindsaysm Housing in general 0 16.12.2016 18:26
Building inspection and renovation cost estimate prior to purchasing old chalet lmcb Housing in general 10 26.12.2014 16:41
Renovation Contractor Recommendation Pls sid.basel Housing in general 4 19.06.2014 10:48
Looking for a garage that can import cars doo Transportation/driving 1 06.09.2010 15:59


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:48.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0