Having builders around the house means that your everyday routine is inevitably upset. But choosing the right construction company can go a long way to helping reduce your stress levels. If your builders are approachable and considerate, it will make seeing them every day much more bearable.
So whether you’re planning to renovate your existing home, have a loft conversion, extension, build a new home, or undertaking a project on a much larger scale such as converting an old barn or renovating a period property, you need to be confident that the firm you choose won’t let you down.
Seek quotes from at least three firms and see what you can find out about their reputation. A recommendation through word of mouth literally speaks volumes but if you can’t find anyone this way, research the internet, visit a few websites and find out what others have to say about them and why.
When you’ve made a shortlist, ask to see examples of their work. They should be proud to show you the projects they have worked on before and happy to put you in touch with previous clients. If they’re not, they may have something to hide, and remember that written references may not be genuine.
Ask about the firm’s history, for example how long it has been in business and whether they’ve undertaken similar jobs to yours.
Find out about professional and safety standards, it’s essential they or their sub-contractors have the correct experience in specialist areas such as gas and electrics.
Make sure that they understand exactly what you want. It’s important that you show and tell the builder your expectations of the project, otherwise the end result may not be what you hoped for. Professional architects’ drawings are preferable, but if you’re not this far along the process, try to jot down some basic ideas or mood boards to give the builders a good idea.
Make sure that the firm you choose is fully insured and that this will last for the duration of your project. Public Liability insurance not only protects against anyone suffering an injury on site, but also provides protection if they damage anything, or if they go out of business while they’re working for you.
Find out how busy the firm is. You would expect most companies to have a waiting list and you should be prepared to wait your turn. Everyone wants their job done quickly but within reason you should learn to be patient and realise that some things just can’t be rushed without compromising quality. Equally your contractor should manage his deadlines realistically and honestly.
Don’t rush into a decision about the builders just because you want the job done now, as you may well regret it.
Above all, you should enjoy the process of creating your dream home. A good builder will see the project through your eyes.
You know what you want from your dream home, but how do you find the right builder? Ben Copper from Nutshell Construction provides the vital tips