When you start a building project one of the things that is liable to cause you the most stress is finding a suitable building contractor. Hiring a builder, dealing with them and their team and ensuring they do a good job is one of the most stressful things you can do and is up there with having a new baby or organizing a wedding.
No one wants a builder that builds; we want someone who is going to be understanding and friendly, trustworthy and polite and adaptable. We also want them to be available when it is convenient for us and also ideally costs less than our budget. The majority of these goals are achievable if you look for building contractors in the right way. Generally, the best way to find building contractors is to go by recommendation, but there are other ways to ensure that you do not end up hiring a cowboy builder. Below are some things to remember when you are choosing a building contractor.
A reputable builder will be more than happy to give you references from the work he has done previously. When you get referrals, it is a good idea to try and view the building work they have done so you can talk to their previous clients and take a good look at the work they have done.
A good builder will give you a comprehensive quote based on the information you provide him, and they will need to do this to ensure they can do the job properly. It would help if you had an exact idea of what you want before you contact any building contractors as this way they can all quote you on the same job and this will give you a reasonable basis for comparison. Any builder who does not give you a detailed quote on paper should be avoided. and of course they always explain Safety Equipment and procedures that will be carried out
An excellent and reputable builder will always be busy, and you should prepare yourself for a wait before your project can start. You may have to wait several weeks or even months before your builder can start your job. When they provide you with a quote, you should ask them when they can begin to work. It would help if you were suspicious of a builder that claims to be able to start immediately.
You should agree on payment before any work starts and a professional builder will know this. It makes it a lot easier for both you and the builder if there is a written contract or agreement in place that covers payment. If any issues then arise with regards to pay, you both have a written document to refer to. Remember to amend the contract to reflect and additional costs if your projects change.
Building contractors are usually members of one or more building organizations. A builder may have a business card that states he is a member of one of these organizations and you can quickly check this by calling the organization or visiting their website. There are untrustworthy builders out there that claim to be members of professional bodies, so it is always worth checking.
Remembering these tips when looking for a building contractor should help you on the way to finding a professional, reputable and reliable builder.