Whether you are about to build a new home from scratch, carrying out renovation work, or having a new extension implemented, you will need a qualified builder to complete the work. But how do you find the best builder for your individual project? And what things should you be considering in your search for the perfect builder?
The Surrey home construction experts at JVB Construction have assembled the top five things you should be considering when choosing your home builders. Let’s get started.
1. Research, research, research!
To really ensure you are selecting the right builders for you and your specific project, you must carry out in-depth research first before even approaching the potential builders for more information. Being as informed as possible about what you want and the different options you have will allow you to feel more confident when the time to pick a builder arrives. This is because you will understand what is needed to complete the work, as well as what your expectations are.
2. Ask the important questions
There is no such thing as a silly question, especially when you are a paying customer and want to get the best people to do the job. So whatever you need clarification on – no matter how big or small – ask your potential builder. If you’re unsure what the important questions to be asked are, we’ve listed some for you to get started:
- Are you insured and licensed?
- What is your warranty policy?
- How many current projects do you have? Do you have time to take this project on?
- What is the turnaround time?
- Do you have any project examples that I could take a look at?
It’s a good idea to research other questions that may be relevant to you and your project. The builders will be pleased that you’re asking questions, as it shows you’re a serious client that is taking their research seriously.
3. Always check the testimonials
To get a true understanding of a builder, you should always request and thoroughly read their reviews and testimonials. You could ask to speak with previous clients to discover what their experience was like with the builder. If you are unable to do this, try researching online for the builder’s reviews or other clients that you may be able to contact and ask questions.
Although it is key to have the necessary accreditation, don’t be fooled by this alone and do thorough research into a builder’s reviews to truly determine what working with them will be like.
4. Get quotations
Once you have checked the testimonials and reviews, you should be narrowing your search down to the most suitable builders. This is the point at which you will want to get a quotation from them and find out exactly how much the project will cost you. Don’t limit yourself to just two or three quotations, as you won’t have as much information to compare. Instead, get as many quotations as you possibly can.
Don’t be afraid to be straight about the costs, and ask for a breakdown of the expenses if necessary. This will allow you to individually compare each point and determine where you are getting value for money.
5. Communication is key
Establishing a clear line of communication between yourself and your chosen builder is essential, and will be important during every stage of the project. You will want to make sure you are able to ask questions or get reassurance on the project’s progress as it develops. So before selecting your builder, make sure your communication styles match.
Are they taking the time to listen to you and meet your needs and project requirements? Most importantly, are they being honest with you? This will ensure your expectations are clear upfront and there is more likely to be a successful result.
If you are planning an extension, renovation or new build in Surrey, contact us today for a no-obligation quote and more information.