How to choose the right BUILDER for your development

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In today’s market, the selection of available companies competing for your business is vast provided you know where to look, however it will be very wrong to say that all of these options are suitable for you. Depending on what job you have at hand, you will need one of three listed below:

  • Maintenance contractor (small to medium jobs, repairs and emergencies); £1,000-20,000
  • Builder (refurbishments, extension and conversions); £20,000 – £100,000
  • Building/Construction company (new builds and projects over £150k)

The reason why you should look at different types of professionals is cost, management structure and reliability over time. Let’s take a hypothetical situation where you need to replace the boiler using someone you know from around the corner. The fee for the job will be less than if you’d employ a gas company, but what happens if something is wrong 12 months down the line? Do you have the confidence that your mate will come back at this own cost to fix the issue? Unfortunately, it’s been proven time and time again, that this is often not the case which in long term will cost you more money. The key thing to take a note of is to always plan for long term, since you are planning to stay alive for a little while. Here is some basic advice that we recommend you follow:

  • Structural works to be carried out only by professionals with good track record, relevant insurances and decent equipment (company)
  • Same for construction of any kind
  • Mechanical and electrical can be done by smaller trades with suitable accreditations
  • Painting and decorating normally is as good as you pay for, hence it’s up to you whether to choose a specialist contractor or your neighbours with a bit of DIY skills
  • Landscaping is similar, but always try to see previous work and speak with clients that had an experience with builder/company/tradesman
  • Joinery and all services to be carried out by reputable companies who can issue guarantees and have management structures within the organisation

Apart from all the above, it’s crucial to have and preserve a good relationship with your professional, which will hopefully guarantee a good quality job, due diligence and absence of arguments that typically happen because of poor communication or general dislike of one another. You never know, you might be forming a relationship that will last for years to come benefiting both.

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