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Choosing a builder

Please thoroughly check any builder out before employing their services. Here are some things you should consider doing:

  • For large projects consider employing a professional to advise you
  • Discuss the extent of your arrangement with your professional
  • Does it involve the preparation of plans only or is site supervision part of the package?
  • If you consider your job so small you don't require a professional, get advice from someone from the industry who you know and trust
  • Always obtain quotations (at least three) and have them checked, don't automatically go for the cheapest quote

Ask questions of the builder:

  • Where have they worked before?
  • Are they happy for you to see their work?
  • What is their expertise in the particular project you intend to carry out?
  • How do they want to be paid: on completion or in stages?
  • Can they supply references from satisfied clients?
  • Are they happy to accept a retention clause?
  • Will they give you a final completion date?
  • Will they accept a penalty clause on failure to complete in time?
  • Will they agree to independent arbitration should you have any dispute?

Finally reassure yourself by checking out the builder's work, references and other aspects, like work habits, with previous clients.