Happy new year to you all! At Upright Construction Ltd we're looking forward to a great 2018, managing and building house extensions, loft conversions, home renovation projects and new builds.
So is 2018 the year for your build project? The start of a new year seems the perfect time to turn those aspirations into plans and create the home you desire. In an industry where planning is key, regulations need to be adhered to and your home is at stake it's important you make the right decision when instructing a builder. Here are some pointers on sourcing your ideal builder.
Get recommendations - ask around, speak to your architect, tradespeople, family, and 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. At Upright Construction we would be more than happy to put you in contact with our clients.
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.
If you're keen to update your home in 2018, contact us on 01737 245040, our team will be more than happy to discuss your project with you.