We hear stories all the time about ‘cowboy builders’, we only have to switch on the television! If you have decided to build a new home, renovate your old home or build an extension, how do you make sure that your builder is reputable and that you don’t fall foul of the cowboy builder?
Research is going to be very important starting point. You have to remember that unless you are a builder yourself, you cannot tell whether or not the construction company you employ are doing a good job, yes, you can tell if a kitchen is fitted properly but can you really tell if the structure is built correctly and according to plan, by the time it is checked, it may have cost you dear, so make sure you spend time looking for a reputable construction company – such as Watara Homes Constructions.
Conduct Your Search
You should begin by asking around, friends, family, local contacts, social media contacts, colleagues or anyone you know who has recently had some building work completed. Check online too and then come up with a list of companies who you would like to check out.
Talk to the Companies
Make contact and check first of all that they have experience in what you would like them to build. If you have a complex project or specific requirements or your project is a large one, not all companies will have the skill or manpower to cope with all jobs. Ask what projects they have completed in the past and ask if they can show you examples of their work. It could be that they point you in the direction of a house or extension that they have recently built and you could drive past or better still, speak to the owner of the property and ask to see around and receive their feedback, often if someone is happy with the result of their project, they will be happy to do that for you.
Make sure that you compile a list of specific questions for the company and make sure that you receive an answer. A reputable company will be more than willing to spend the time with you and if they are not, that should be a red flag. If they are vague with their answers or are not giving you a satisfactory response, that should be another red flag. You should be very comfortable with your chat. Look also at response times, if you contact the company and no-one is available to take your call, how quickly do they get back to you or do they forgot to return your call altogether?
As well as trying to speak to previous customers, it is worth checking online for reviews, it is amazing what a Google search can reveal!
Check the companies credentials and make sure that they are in fact qualified to work on your project.
You should ask for a like for like price from all of the companies on your list. Make sure however that you are asking them to quote on the same specification and build materials so that you are able to make a direct comparison, you should be looking for a quote and not a ballpark figure.
If you spend the time at the beginning looking for the correct contractor, it can save a lot of time and a lot of problems in the long run.