We recommend that you thoroughly check any builder out before employing their services.
Here are some things you should consider:
- Does the work involve the preparation of plans only, or is site supervision part of the package?
- If you consider your job so small you don’t need a professional, get advice from someone in the industry who you know and trust.
- Always get quotations – at least three.
- Do not automatically go for the cheapest quote.
- How do they want to be paid – on completion or in stages?
- Do they have the skills needed for your project?
- Ask questions of the builder – such as where have they worked before. Are they happy for you to see their work?
- Can they supply references from satisfied clients? Contact these past clients and ask them about the quality of the builder’s work as well as their work habits etc.
- 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 on time?
- Will they agree to independent arbitration should you have any dispute?
If you need extra help and advice, contact the relevant professional organisation.