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How to find honest workers and not overpay for materials: five important tips for those planning renovations

Date: April 14, 2024 Time: 20:06:27

Before repair, it is necessary to carefully think and calculate everything.

Photo: Andrey ABRAMOV

Traditionally, renovations are carried out in the summer. And spring is the best time to plan your work. You can still find free equipment and there is time to think and calculate everything. Komsomolskaya Pravda figured out how to plan repairs so as not to spend too much and not become a victim of unscrupulous artists.


Repair is a delicate and problematic matter. If you don’t want to fix mistakes after repairs and deal with modifications that will cost you a pretty penny, start planning. Without him in this matter it is like having no hands.

“Planning helps determine the renovation budget,” explains property renovation expert Kirill Aksenov. – It consists of the cost of finishing and finishing materials, transportation costs, workers’ services, furniture, equipment, interior filling, decorative elements, etc. All this must be calculated in advance. You can do it yourself, you can contact an interior designer who will help you calculate everything (see “Very helpful”), or trust the team foreman who will make the repairs. If the foreman has experience and has renovated more than a dozen apartments, he probably has ready-made planning solutions in stock.

Ideas for decorating rooms can be easily found on the Internet. There are many sites with photographs of finished interiors, sites with projects; there you can learn many useful things. Remember that electrical wiring installation (where exactly will you install outlets and switches?), possible remodeling, and material selection depend on the interior features.


Before starting repairs, experts advise:

– Be clear about what you want to achieve. Think about the placement of furniture, lighting, etc. Including deciding on color schemes.

– Make a plan: in what sequence will you do the work?

– Study the materials market, read reviews, consult with specialists and workers who will make repairs.

– It’s good if you can do something yourself, but trust the professionals at least to smooth the floor, level the walls and install electrical wiring.

– Take your time! If you are in a hurry, you can always miss something and this can affect the quality of the result.


“You could buy an apartment with all the finishes, but then housing would have cost 3 million rubles more,” says our family friend Dmitry, who bought a one-room apartment in Moscow in the fall. – I calculated that the entire repair would cost me 2 times less, taking into account the hiring of workers: two or three people.

Dmitry knows them personally. And he is afraid of hiring unknown teams. A year ago, three workers spent an entire year building a 25-meter studio for their friend.

“It often happens that one team puts several apartments into operation at once,” explains Dmitry. “There are not enough people, they are moving them from one establishment to another. There is only one supplier. As you purchase materials, you will bring them. Workers can wait weeks to receive banal screws. As a result, repairs are delayed indefinitely.

Conclusion: Hire a team based on recommendations from friends. If you are moving to a new building, walk around the neighbors (you will get to know them at the same time) who have already made repairs and moved out. Ask them for the contact information of their workers.

“The choice of equipment falls between private owners or companies,” says expert Kirill Aksenov. – Private ones are not always cheaper. In addition, they constantly increase the cost of their services, while companies have a pricing policy that is adjusted much less frequently. Therefore, it makes sense to compare both options.

Experts say that the best option is to search for people directly on the site to be able to see the work process and results live. You can find these kits through friends who do repairs or have done them before. If this is not possible, contact proven equipment and reputable companies, but be sure to conclude an official contract with them. Workers can be found on special Internet services, such as profi.ru or youdo.ru. Each teacher has a rating based on customer ratings. There you can also see photographs of already finished objects, read reviews about the work of this or that specialist and choose the one that suits you best.

“When selecting workers for repairs, pay attention to small details,” advises Kirill Aksenov. -It is important, for example, who comes to the first meeting: a foreman or a measurer. A foreman will more accurately calculate the cost of repairs than a surveyor, because he understands the technical nuances. The foreman will provide more qualified advice on future repairs. Look at the technical competence of the specialist, ask questions about all the points you do not understand, observe the reaction and behavior of the foreman.

It’s also important to record those moments: Did you arrive at the meeting on time? Did the measurement take too long? Did you send the invoice when you were promised? If you get nervous at the beginning of the trip, things can get even worse. If you liked everything, take the time and ask to see the objects in process at the finishing stages, evaluate the quality and culture of work for yourself.


What should be in the contract?

Expert in the field of real estate renovation Kirill Aksenov recommends

– The contract can be provided by the team itself, but the client can download the template on the corresponding websites on the Internet.

– As a rule, the clauses of the contract are standard: the rights and obligations of the contractor, the client, special conditions, penalties for delay. By the way, according to the consumer protection law, one day of delay can cost 3% of the cost of a certain stage of work.

– The contract must indicate the scope of the work, its cost and deadlines.

– If possible, show the contract to a lawyer. A good specialist will give recommendations on certain points and their adjustments.

– In general, the contract provides the client with the opportunity to use consumer protection legislation to protect its interests.


Average prices of materials.

Primer with putty: 50-100 rubles per square meter. meter

Paint – 50-100 rubles per square meter. meter

Tile adhesive: 20-50 rubles per square meter. tile subway

Ceramic tiles – from 2,000 to 15,000 rubles per square meter. meter

Wallpaper – from 2000 rubles per roll (10 square meters)

Stretch ceiling – from 1200 rubles per square meter. meter

Drywall – from 150 rubles per square meter. meter

Wallpaper glue: 600-700 rubles (one pack is enough to cover 30 square meters)

Laminate – from 350 to 5000 rubles per square meter. meter

Parquet – from 2,500 to 50,000 rubles per square meter. meter

Skirting boards – from 100 rubles per linear meter

cost of work

Installation of electrical wiring – from 300 to 350 rubles per linear meter.

Installation of sockets and switches – from 300 rubles per point.

(In general, wiring installation with materials can cost from 100 thousand rubles for a standard two-room apartment with an area of ​​50 to 70 square meters)

Painting work: from 1,000 rubles per m2. meter

Installation of floor – laminate: from 350 rubles per square meter. meter, parquet – from 700 rubles per square meter. meter

The work of a tiler is from 800 to 2000 rubles per square meter. meter

– wallpaper – from 250 rubles per square meter. meter

Additional costs

– delivery of materials from the store – 2000-4000 rubles

– dismantling of an apartment before renovation (dismantling of old floors and structures, removal of wallpaper, etc.) – from 1000 rubles per square meter. meter

– garbage collection – car rental with chargers – from 5,000 rubles


What is a design project and why is it necessary?

“A design project is not just about beauty, it is a set of documents for creating an interior,” explains interior designer Marina Malykh. – In other words, “instructions” for creating an interior that meets the aesthetic, ergonomic, domestic and economic requirements of the client. A complete design project consists of a list of documents for various purposes (measurement plan, plan with the arrangement of furniture, power outlets, lighting, sketches, etc.).

The designer’s job usually begins with a visit to take measurements and survey the client; This helps to understand the client’s wishes for the future interior. The next stage is planning.

“At this stage, the designer offers options for arranging furniture and, if necessary, options for possible redevelopment of the room,” says interior designer Tatyana Lugovskikh. – After the client approves the final version, the stage of conceptual collages follows: options for finishing materials, furniture and lighting are offered to the client. A budget for future repairs is formed and agreed upon. Then the designer makes drawings in 3D format, where he can preview your future interior and make the necessary changes. The final stage is the formation of a set of drawings and specifications for finishing materials, furniture, lighting and plumbing, indicating the addresses of stores to purchase everything necessary.

If people only need expert advice, they can limit themselves to a one-time consultation. Many designers offer this service.

The average cost of a design project in the country is 1,500 to 5,000 rubles per square meter. That is, for a design project for a 70 m2 apartment. meters you will have to pay between 100 and 350 thousand rubles. The price is influenced by several factors: the complexity of the project, the experience and workload of the designer, control of the work and additional consultations. Furthermore, the larger the surface area, the lower the price per square meter.

“If you wish and have free time, you can carry out a design project yourself,” adds Marina Malykh. – This will not be a complete project, but with minimal components. There are many free programs that are easy to learn. For example, ScethUp for 3D views.

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