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Getting started

With so many ‘cowboy’ builders out there follow our top tips on what to look out for when choosing a builder for your home…..

Help choosing reliable builder in London
Help choosing a builder in London

Building a new home is one of the most important steps in anyone’s life. Unless you own a building company, you’re going to have to hire builders on your own.

You’ll have to search the market for high-quality builders if you want to get the job well done. Selecting the right builders for the job might not be the easiest thing to do, but we’re here to show you what to look out for when you’re hiring.

Make a plan

‏First of all, you’ll need to have a plan. Based on your architectural plan you need to find builders who are suited for the job. Most building companies don’t work on a broad spectrum of houses. Some are specialised in modern houses, others are specialised in Victorian style house, and so on. This is why choosing the right builders is a crucial step.

Shop around for quotes

‏Once you know exactly what you need, it’s time to search. Look for builders with good referrals, preferably referrals from acquaintances, friends, or family. Once you’ve found a few suitable companies, check their affiliations, their credentials, just to be sure. Cases of false claims have been documented. Once you have your list of potential companies it’s time to ask for quotations. You should receive these in writing, complete with everything that is covered by the initial cost and every potential cost that may arise throughout the building process.

The quotation

Help with choosing a builder in London
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The quotations should include but not be limited to site maintenance, supplies, clearance, and so on. After you’ve finally selected the building company that’s going to build your dream home or office, it’s time to lay down the contract details. You should have as many details as possible on the contract. Everything from start and completion dates, to the cost of the materials, to the catering and hours of work, should be stipulated in the contract.

Furthermore, be sure to have a professional after builders cleaning london company named in the contract from the beginning. Once your building is finished you don’t want to be running around trying to find one. It’s better to have as many details as possible sorted out from the start.

Warranty and servicing

If you want to think ahead, you should be thinking about warranty and servicing. The main advantage of constructing a building from scratch is the fact that the building materials will be brand new – all under warranty. You should be asking your builder for a structural warranty of at least 10 years.

Transferable warranty

And, if you’re not sure whether you’ll be spending your whole life there, make sure the warranty can be transferred between owners – allowing you to sell the building without losing its warranty. Furthermore, make sure your builders will provide fast and efficient servicing if anything should happen.