Inspectors & Appraisers

What to Look For in a Building Contractor

the-building-inspectorsThe rise of reality television programs has been both good and bad for the construction industry. On the positive side, many of the reality programs on the airwaves readily illustrate the importance of choosing reputable builders. On the flipside however, many of these programs may serve to increase consumer fears about venturing into the arena of home renovation having lived vicariously through the experiences of the homeowners from these television programs. One thing is for certain, selecting a building contractor is one of the biggest and most important decisions you’ll ever make related to your own investment.

Our home is more than just four walls that protect us from the external elements. Where we live needs to offer comfort, functionality and is an expression of our own tastes and personality. This is where we relax, enjoy time with our loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime.

So how do you choose a contractor that is right for you?

  1. Ensure They Understand Your Vision
    When choosing a builder, you want to ensure that they understand your wishes and your vision for your home in every aspect of development. A good relationship with your building contractor is important as their skills and abilities bring your dreams to life.
  2. Hire Specialists
    While the idea of building one’s own home is a romantic fancy entertained by many, a building contractor carries many duties in the development and design of your build. They are tasked to ensure compliance with applicable building codes, zoning restrictions, as well as ensuring that every element of your home is fully functional from the first time you put the key in the door. This includes plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, energy efficiency and other components of a home that done properly we seldom have to think about. They manage these tasks while ensuring that the home is durable, attractive, is completed on time and, most importantly, is achieved within the budget allocated.

When you’re ready to make the plunge into the construction of your home, your first item to address in your project is how to find a good builder. A great starting point may be to get in touch with the builders association in your area and check to see if they publish a list of recommended builders. That is a great starting point, but even among the reputable builders and companies there can still be a lot of variation in what they have to offer. Not every building contractor will be suitable for your needs.

How to Find a Contractor

Compare Contractors

Your interest may be to enlist a local builder but before you make your selection you should investigate their track record in business. How long have they been in business as a building contractor?

Ensure That They Are Insured

Do they carry insurance that protects you as a customer? There are a lot of similarities in what building companies in the UK may offer, so what may separate one quote from another may be influenced by the warranty offered on workmanship and fixtures in the home, the pricing and the ability of the company to complete the project on your identified timeline. When it comes to your investment in building your home, shop and compare but before you proceed with your chosen building contractor, be sure to get your contract in writing.

Do Your Homework

Validate your selection of builder by doing a reference and background check on the company. This is the best step you can take to ensure that your satisfaction will be guaranteed at the end of the process. Check for references from other clients and personally speak with them about any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t commit your money to any building contractor that cannot produce references. Your home is not a project that you can afford to gamble on.

Avoid the situation where you could one day find yourself making a guest appearance on a reality TV show to share your tale of woe about a dream home project which turned into a nightmare because you made the wrong choice when hiring a building contractor. There are many qualified and reputable builders in the industry creating happily ever after for one family at a time. By taking the time to know what you want and selecting the right professionals to navigate your journey, your own happily ever after could be next.

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