Do you worry about choosing the right person to help you with your property? It’s not easy to find the right building company. There are a lot of builders out there who won’t have you best interests at heart.
Here are our 5 tips for choosing the right building company for your needs.
- Research Internet
- Ask Friends & Family
- Examples of Previous Works
- Obtain 3 Written Quotes
- Agree Contract Prior
1. The Internet is Your Friend
The Internet is a friend but friends can be a bit wayward can’t they? So how do you know a builder is going to do a good job from a web site? Well you look for ‘signs of confidence’ and that means any trade standards they have attained and you look at testimonials. But are testimonials enough?
Testimonials are a starting point. What you really need is references. That is a customer who has used the building company and is happy to show you the work. A reputable builder will be happy to show off his work.
Visit the reference and see what they did.
2. Friends and Family
This is the key to having building work carried out without hassle and without extra cost. Talk to your friends and even friends of friends and you will get a ‘feel’ for a company. Family is even better!
3. Previous Building Work
Here is where the peace of mind can be made. If your family and friends are unable to provide a suitable builder recommendation then the next best thing is seeing what that builder has actually done. Now bear in mind that your standards may be different from the reference. Are you happy with the work done for the reference? Be honest. Are you going to have such a builder, who is ‘quite’ good working on your property?
4. Building Quote Unquote
Do you want to find out what the building services market is like locally? Just phone up and get 3 builders around. Is the cheapest the one with the best references? Is that builder the one who has building work that would satisfy your standards? Get 3 quotes and remember you don’t have to accept any of them.
5. Agree The Contract
Don’t! And I mean “never” give a go ahead for building work without agreeing a contract. Look at sample contracts and agree a fixed price for work. You’ll have peace of mind.
Want to Know More about Hampstead Builders?
Need a reliable builders in Hampstead? Give us a call and have a no obligation chat. We enjoy helping people with our experience and knowledge.