How to hire the right builder for your team or project —
It's not enough to just find a builder for your build, you'll need to make sure they're the right fit for the job.
If you want to find a builder for your project, you will not only need to assess whether they are good, but also if they are the right fit for your project. If you’re building an extension, a new loft conversion or perhaps a garage conversion, there is no point in getting in a huge building firm that specialises in new builds as costs may sky rocket!
Here we explain everything you need to know to find a builder through The National Association of Building Contractors and how to assess if they are the right builder for your project. www.nabc.org.uk
Finding a builder locally can have huge benefits when it comes to your build. Time on site, their knowledge of local planning, builders’ merchants and other local trades are all invaluable nuggets of knowledge that you’ll welcome on site.
You don’t necessarily have to like the style of work they are currently carrying out – after all, many people opt for ordinary extensions but a builder can only produce what’s on the plans in front of them.
A good place to start looking online to find a builder is on sites like the National Association of Building Contractors
They have a search tool where you can find specific trades in your area and look at their references. All NABC members are fully vetted and are checked to ensure that they have the correct insurances in place.
National Association of Building Contractors are a good place to find a builder local to where you live and offer stringent checks, which should give you more reassurance.
Beware of ‘Too Good to Be True’ Quotes
A high price is not necessarily a sign of quality in a building firm but, more than that, it is important to resist the obvious temptations of a low price. If one building contractor comes back with a quote for your work which is significantly lower than the other tender prices, you need to be suspicious.
It is far better to have an accurate and realistic quote in the first place and it is your responsibility to make sure of this.
It may just be that the other quotes are excessively high and the one firm is simply good value. But, more than likely the one firm is putting in a speculative bid to try and get the work and aims to make more profit on the project by, for instance, cutting corners or introducing a range of extra charges as work progresses.
This can lead to disputes further down the line when it is much more difficult to do anything about it. Either that or, as they begin to find the work hopelessly unprofitable and end up making a loss on it, they simply pack up and walk off to more lucrative pastures.
Ask the builder’s previous clients:
• What were they like to work with?
• Did they undertake the work to a satisfactory standard?
• Were any problems overcome?
• Was the project completed on time and on budget and, if not, whose fault was it?
• Were they neat, tidy and reasonably quiet?
• Would they use them again?
Do you need a contract?
It is very important to have a written contract in place and a copy should have formed part of your tender documents, so that the builder is aware of the terms and conditions on which they are basing their quote.
The National Association of Building Contractors produces a free contract, which can be adapted to individual projects. So please drop them for assistance.
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