DIY is certainly a popular pass-time when it comes to essential building work it is more sensible to leave it to the professionals. Price is always a consideration. However, if anything good wrong, and there are legal as well as safety aspects to consider, the “cost” could be substantially more.
Professionals are Called that for a Reason
One of the most important things to do when choosing the right building company is choosing a professional. If you opt for less than professional, the chances of something going wrong invariably increase. If this happens, mistakes are usually extremely costly to make good, says Paul from Touchstone Builders in Warwickshire. A definition of professional is “a person engaged or qualified in a profession. The all important word here is “qualified”. To ensure you are putting your hard-earned cash in the right direction be certain the building company you choose are registered and can prove their ability through their track record – Essentially, they are qualified. Today most people understand, trying to tackle essential building work and repairs will all too often ends in tears. After all, without these qualifications how can you be sure the company will be any better than your own efforts? Anything less than a professional building company will invariably create more problems than it will be worth.
Do not be shy!
Getting a recommendation from someone you know and trust is definitely a big plus. If that is not the case ask the company for references and make sure you go through and check them out. Recommendations are a great way to work out how good that building company really is as well as how much customer satisfaction truly means to them. In the same way, be forward with regards to asking what their qualifications are. Are they registered and licensed? Do they hire subcontractors? If they do and a problem reveals itself it is important to know exactly where you stand. For example, what happens if the sub-contractor goes out of business? After all, your contract will be with them not the sub-contractor. Are they insured? Knowing what coverage you have with regards to anything going wrong is paramount.
Know What you Pay For
Most would not go to the supermarket and put items in our basket with no price on: So do not do it now. While you want a professional you also want clear and transparent rates and clear-cut costs laid out, before you start handing over money. Insist on a detailed quote and be clear on your budget. Is the price guaranteed and if so, for how long? For example, if material prices change will you be notified immediately if you are liable for these extra costs? Unquestionably, a contract is essential. Make sure the contract reflects the quote and clearly states when payments are due: Never release the last payment until all work’s completed exactly to your contract – Including the snagging. The contract should also include a warranty: One that is clear with regards to exactly what is and is not covered, as well as the duration. Another important point is to know what would happen if you did want to cancel the project.