Inside the flat, the carpet is re-laid, the painting completed and the architrave, skirting, toilet & wash basin are fitted.
Outside, we have a hand-rail made which I fit and also add a non-slip finish to the steps. Neither was required from a Building Regs point of view but we decided they were necessary from a "duty of care" to our B&B guests perspective.
You are allowed to submit your VAT return up to three months after official completion of the house - we took full advantage of this period and duly submitted on 15th July. This is a mammoth piece of administration - do not imagine you can do it in a couple of hours! A detailed breakdown will be listed at a later date but suffice to say at this stage that our claim is for £26,000. Customs & Excise are supposed to complete your claim within 3 weeks but I have received a letter saying it will be three months due to pressure of work! Don't plan on getting your money back quickly!