Learn vocabulary about building, decorating, construction and doing up your flat, apartment or house.
To do up – to renovate – hacer reformas
So, how’s the flat going? Is it finished yet?
How many different tradesmen have been working on it? (builders, bricklayers, plasterers, labourers, tilers, plumbers, electricians, glaziers, painters, kitchen fitters, carpet layers, etc.)
Have you come across any cowboy tradesmen?
How many estimates did you ask for before starting the work?
How did you choose your builder(s) – personal recommendation, word of mouth, internet, advertisements, through an interior designer, by chance?
Did you need to put up scaffolding?
Did the workmen need to wear protective gear, such as helmets, special gloves, masks, goggles, reinforced boot caps, etc?
What floor is your flat on and does your building have a lift? How did the workmen cope with that?
Can you talk us through the different stages of doing up a flat? For example, did the electrician rewire the flat before the floor was laid?
How many skips did you need?
How did you decide where to put the electrical sockets and light switches?
Does it matter which way the doors open?
How did you plan for wardrobes and cupboards (storage space)? What about shelves?
Are you going to buy any new furniture or electrical appliances?
Did you choose your own fittings or let the workmen decide for you?
What was the biggest headache?
What have you learned from the experience?
Have the neighbours complained?
Did it go over budget?
What would you do differently if you had to do it all over again in hindsight?
Builders have a reputation for not being the most high-performing workers in terms of punctuality, reliability, efficiency, delivering the product as agreed, coming in on budget, and even honesty. What are your thoughts on this?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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