There is a large majority of things that can go wrong on any building contract. Much of the things that can go wrong are a result of the builder which has been appointed. One of the key things to remember is to always ask the right questions before hiring a builder to work on your project. And the same will go for a builder wanting to hire a subcontractor to complete parts of a building project.
One thing is for sure, whether you are building a luxury extension like these featured here or a simple garden wall, you can never be too careful when choosing a builder. You should rather do all the proper checks and make sure that you have chosen someone who is reliable and trustworthy as well as someone you feel comfortable with. Not doing this can leave you with shoddy workmanship and a large bill for fixing the work.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a builder:
A great place to start looking for a good builder is the local publication in your areas such as community newspapers or even online. Another option for finding a builder is to make contact with friends or family members who recently completed building work on their property and ask for a reference for the builder. When speaking to your architect why not ask if they could recommend someone.
Once you have a selection of builders to contact your next step is to shortlist three. You can then contact those builders and ask them to quote you on the work that would need to be completed. After receiving the quotes obtain and check the potential builder’s references. Ask the builder for a few addresses and contact numbers of at least three previous projects that he has worked on.
Ask the builders if they are registered with the relevant oversight body. Another great tip is to ask the builders for their business and residential addresses and full contact details. Check that the builders have valid insurance policies in place to adequately cover the project and personal liability. Another thing to ask your builder before picking a quote is to establish where you builder gets his building materials from and check the creditworthiness of the supplier two. By doing this you will ensure that the builder you are looking at hiring as well as his suppliers are all above board.
If you builder would need to hire any subcontractors you will need to do the same check on them too. For example; if the builder would need to bring in an electrician, make sure they are registers and the same can be said for a plumber. There are a number of regulatory bodies which are available online and who would be more than willing to assist.
Be aware of items that have been deliberately excluded by the builder from his quote. You will have to install and pay for those items yourself. Check if that item is excluded from the other quotes as well so that a proper comparison can be made. Avoid lump sum quotes. Having a breakdown of the various items gives you better control and a better basis for comparison.