Choosing The Right Builder

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Matthew Charlton | 23/09/16

You have the drawings for your building project, now you need to ensure you instruct the right builder.  Here are a few checklist items to assist you in your search:

Ask around - recommendations are a fantastic way to start your search.  A recommendation could come from an architect, tradesperson, family or friends.  When enquiring about the builder be sure to ask what they're basing their recommendation on.  A good recommendation would cover aspects not only of the work the builder undertook (although this is, of course, an important part) but also their communication, understanding of your requirements, timings and budget management.

Visit completed work - generally, builders will work within a specific radius of their base, therefore you should find if a builder is based in your area their jobs will be.    Visiting completed work will allow you to gain a good idea of the type of build they provide and the standard of work.

Gain references - all good, reputable builders will be more than happy to provide you with customer references and if required put you in touch with previous customers for an unbiased opinion.

Search online - Google your potential builder, review their online channels to gain an insight into their jobs and the way they work.  You may come across online reviews, credible sites will check the authenticity of the review before posting, www.houzz.com is an example of this best practice.

Detailed quotation - ensure the finer points are covered.  A good quotation of work should include all the information you need, down to the type and size of products to be utilised so you know exactly what you're paying for.  Within the quotation should be terms of payment.

Insurance - not an area to gloss over, should anything go wrong you need to know that your builder is adequately covered.  Some areas of build may require a specific type of insurance or insurance amount.

Visit their premises - if the builder has a base you can visit go along and get a good feel for the type of people they are, don't forget they will be working in your home.

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