Are you wondering how you can find a builder who’s right for you and your project? Are you in the process of finding and selecting a tradesman? We know searching for a trustworthy builder can be a daunting task so here is what to look out for.
A professional manner
Builders should always operate in a professional business-like manner and present themselves well. You should have a high level of confidence in your builder before the project is confirmed and starts. Builders who have good timekeeping and organisation skills during the quoting and planning of the project are more likely to be reliable when the work starts.
The potential builder should listen and communicate with you effectively. Homeowners should clarify how the potential builder will monitor the construction of the property. You should establish a comfortable rapport with the builder before work is carried out. Open communication during the quoting, planning and building is crucial to a successful project.
Relevant skills and experience
You should ask the potential builder if they have any experience relevant to the project you are planning. Builders have different specialised expertise so it’s important to clarify what they can carry out. Make sure your potential builder has experience working in your location. If they are familiar with the area it can make a big difference to your project as they should have an understanding of the community and a better knowledge of any potential challenges e.g. planning applications.
Protection for your project
It is important to receive a written quote with the details of the project included before any work is carried out. A project schedule and a clearly written contract to read should be agreed and signed. It is important to read all documents carefully before signing and you should not feel pressured. Every reputable builder should hold an insurance policy that protects both parties. Ask for a copy of your builder’s insurance certificate and policy. Homeowners should be assured that the company undertaking work on their property can be trusted. Your potential builder should carry out the necessary health and safety procedures and make you aware of any risks or homeowner responsibilities. Health and safety on a small domestic project is sometimes wrongly overlooked so make sure your builder keeps you updated.
Asking for recommendations from people you know is usually the best way to find a reputable builder. If you have used a tradesman in the past they may have a network of reliable builders that they can recommend. Make sure you check online for reviews and if they are highly-rated builders. Building contractors that are part of an industry Trustmark association like Federation of Master Builders or Which? Trusted Trader, can offer you more peace of mind. It is important to ask for three references from previous clients to gain an unbiased account of the builder. Established builders should not hesitate when providing you with the references. Arrange a visit to completed projects to view the builder’s craftsmanship and gain some knowledge into how the company works. This is a chance for you to get a feel for the company and to see if their portfolio consists of the type of work you are looking for. It will give you an indication of what experience they have and if they are the right fit for the project.
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