Are you thinking about building a home or undertaking major renovations in your home?. If the answer is yes to either of the above please keep reading for my tips on sourcing a builder. I hope you find it helpful.
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My husband and I have now built 3 homes over the years and having also worked firsthand with builders professionally, I hope these tips will be of assistance.
In selecting your building services, there are number of considerations you should take into account. You obviously want the right builders to come in, but you also want someone whose personality doesn’t make you grind your teeth. Dealing with someone pleasant makes it easier. They also need to be able to listen to what you want, but also be able to communicate to you when needed.
Having a budget helps and allows the builders to understand what you can afford and if that budget is able to purchase your ideal interior or exterior project. It’s also good to get reassurances about the availability of the contractor and their firm. The last thing you want is someone who drags their feet and is too involved with other projects.
Given the current popularity of building services, you’ll want to get yours done in a timely fashion. Having a good photo portfolio will also place your mind at ease and reassure you about the quality of their work – any recent customer references they can provide may be useful too.
Make sure they specialise in the type of property you require, for example, Titan Garages could be the best option to turn to for granny flats.
And while you may want a designer or architect to come in and help plan things, you may be able to get the design and practical work from the one company.
This means they will be there from design to completion. This will probably lead to a less convoluted and less expensive job – it also cancels out possible confusion and friction between a builder and a designer.
Construction For All Your Home Projects, Large Or Small
Construction specialists must have the required knowledge and expertise to carry out your home construction project to the correct standards.
Building work ranges from the simple to the complex, from an easy refurbishment through to a lengthy, convoluted single or double storey extension.
The construction process starts with planning, design and financing, which are the three key elements that the construction company ought to discuss with you.
You should expect your builders to undertake a careful assessment of the building, particularly if it is of an atypical or non-standard construction, for example, or if there are other circumstances to be taken into account, such as planning permission or issues relating to the land surrounding the building.
Usually construction projects are managed by a single person and it is their responsibility to source the required materials and oversee staff.
They are accountable for the quality of workmanship and the final result of the build. You should expect a single point of contact so that you can ask any questions or express concerns as the build progresses, and the firm should be adequately insured so that if in the unlikely event anything does go wrong, you will be able to resolve it promptly.
Finding good builders need not be a troublesome or complicated process. However, it is worth a bit of effort, especially once the work is complete and you are left with a top quality extension or refurbished room that will add value to your home.
Mistakes Made When Hiring Builders
When hiring builders, a lot of people make the blunder of simply going for the cheapest company they can find. This is certainly not advised, as you are almost guaranteed to suffer from a lack of quality.
You have to ask yourself why this company is charging such a low rate? Sometimes it may be because they are a new business, and while everyone needs to start somewhere, you must go for experience when it comes to any type of building project. This sort of investment is not something you can afford to take a risk on. We’ve all heard the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’.
Aside from this, many people make the mistake of failing to discuss the likes of budget and deadline with builders beforehand, and unbeknown to them they are on completely different pages.
You should request a fixed price from the offset and ask the builders for a realistic timeline regarding completion. This is especially important if you are currently renting and you need to give your landlord notice of when you will be vacating.
You won’t be able to do this until closer to the date but when the times comes you need to provide an exact date, the same applies if you are selling and need to set a settlement date.
Finally, failing to do enough research about the company can be very costly. You should read reviews to see what other customers have had to say about the service they experienced, as this can be extremely telling. You don’t want to read that the company has previously been in receivership or there are an excessive amount of bad reviews about them or they just generally have a bad name.
I hope all these tips help, these days you can jump on all sorts of forums online where people are rating products and services. I would definitely recommend you do this but also keep an open mind.
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