Finding a good builder contractor in London is only half the battle, as anyone who has tried to get one can attest. Despite the economy still being fragile, good builders are still busy, and have work booked up to several months in advance.
Sorting the wheat from the chaff, and finding a good builder contractor in London is fairly straightforward if you have the patience. It’s generally the impatient who end up wasting their money on someone who doesn’t finish the job, don’t be one of those.
The obvious keys to finding a reliable, honest builder contractor in London is to ask around. Asking people you trust, who have had work done is a great way of thinning the crowd a bit. Ask the builder for a quote, along with at least two others. Also ask for references of previous work that is similar to the project you’re proposing. This bit is important!
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Builders, like any other trade, have their specialities and things they aren’t so good at. It’s important to select a builder that has direct experience of the same or very similar job to the one you want them to do. There are enough builder contractors in London to choose from, so choose one you know can do the job. My London Builders has a range of trades on staff. This lets us provide a wide selection of services without compromising quality.
While we’re on the subject of references, when you get some, make sure you check them. The people provided as references have agreed to do so and the builder will understand your wanting to be cautious. Any good builder contractor in London will want you to be completely happy employing them as it will make for a much smoother experience for all concerned.
So don’t be shy, or lazy, it’s your money and your home at stake. Ensure the right firm gets the job by checking out those references.
Once you have selected your builder of choice, it’s time to get down to details. Before any money changes hands and before the work begins, you need a contract. You will find most, if not all, builders are also keen to have a contract.
From our perspective, a contract protects us from unreasonable additions, and keeps the clients aspirations in check. It can also be used as a benchmark for any disputes. From the client’s perspective, a contract shows what was agreed for the price and what was not. My London Builders insist on using a contract as it is simply the best way of doing business.
Never pay the whole fee up front. Devise a payment schedule with the builder and stick to it. There will often be a deposit involved, then regular payments at agreed intervals as long as the job is on schedule. Much like the contract, this benefits both parties.
We get regular payments to cover expenses such as manpower and materials. The client has less chance of being ripped off if there isn’t much money paid in advance.
Selecting a good builder contractor in London is as much about your making the effort as much as them doing a good job. You might get lucky and get a good one first time, but equally, you might not. If you’re in South West London, contact My London Builders, we won’t let you down.