Find a Quality Builder
Where should you look to find a quality builder?
By quality builder we mean a contractor that exactly matches your requirements, has the ranges of trade skill that you need for your project and is competent to complete your project. Finding the right company or tradesman is essential if you want to get value for money.
What Should You Look For?
There are 4 things you need to know to be completely sure that you have got the right builder for your project:
- Has the contractor successfully completed projects with similar requirement to your project before?
- Does the builder actually want to do the work?
- Does the builder usually work in the area where you are located?
- Has the builder submitted a competitive quote in a timely manner?
How many Quotes Should You Obtain?
When obtaining quotations for your project it is essential that you obtain at least 3 quotes, however if you do not hire builders regularly it may be a good idea to obtain as many as 5.
How Should You Relate to The Builder?
It is important that you have a good rapport with your contractor after all you are entrusting them with an important and expensive project that you will likely have planned and budgeted for, for a considerable period of time.
However, you do not want to seem like you are too friendly as this may lead to the contractor losing the respect that he needs to have for you as his client. We would always advice against taking an authoritative tone or stance as that will likely lead to poor rapport and communication between you. It is advisable to be firm but fair, approachable but not over friendly.
Always note that if the building contractor does not have respect for you and does not treat you with courtesy when he is trying to win your business this does not bode well for the relationship once you have entered the contract phase.
What are the Major Pitfalls of The Building Trade?
There are the major problems that you can experience with your project:
- It is not completed on time.
- It is not completed on budget.
- It is not completed to a satisfactory standard.
You must be sure when you enter into a contract with your contractor that you:
- Have a contract with them and not just a handshake or a word of mouth agreement.
- That the contract clearly addresses points 1, 2 and 3 above. Remember should things go terribly wrong and you end up in a legal dispute over the work, no judge would find in your financial favour if the work was carried out, outside of a formal contract.