If you make the decision to undertake a self-build project rather than buying a home, then there can be a seemingly infinite list of things that you need to consider, from the foundations of your building to the materials you will use to decorate it. Hiring a Contractor A step you can take when carrying out a self-build project is to hire a contractor to help you handle the day-to-day running of the project. It is important that you carefully consider the work that you need doing before you hire them – they will organise the labour on the site, so you need to be sure that they will bring you the best quality of work. Ensure that any contractor you choose has all the relevant accreditations and licenses – it may also be worth speaking to friends or others who have carried out self-builds to see if you can get any recommendations. Fitting Worktops You may already have the layout of your new kitchen or bathroom completely planned out in your head, from the colour of the taps to the type of oven you want to use. However, there is little point in having mapped out your perfect design if it isn’t going to be installed properly, which is why you need to secure the services of established, professional and recommended fitters who can ensure your surfaces are fitted to the highest standard. By choosing a professional fitter instead of doing the work yourself, you greatly reduce the risk of requiring corrective work in the future due to a faulty installation. Certain types of surface require more work than others when installing them – worktops like granite and quartz are heavy and must be placed exactly right, as correcting a mistake with such a surface can take a lot of work. Organisation Make sure you have complete and total planning in place when it comes to bringing tradesmen in to work on your site. Inform them of your plans and when you intend to carry out work on different sections of your project – this way they can be aware of when they are needed and be on the scene promptly. The importance of organisation in a project like this cannot be overestimated – if one aspect of the job falls behind schedule, it can have a detrimental effect on other parts of the site. Here at Touchstone Worktops, we are committed to providing the highest standard of service to all our customers. We stock, supply and install a wide range of granite, quartz and natural stone worktops from the world’s leading manufacturers. For more information, get in touch with us today.