How to choose the best builders for a home extension
It’s a huge decision to have an extension built on your house. Whilst it will give you masses more space, it’s a huge undertaking and will take months to be fully completed. Still, you wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t made the decision to go for it, so read on! We’re going to give you some cracking tips to follow when you’re choosing a builder for your extension.
Probably the first, and most important thing to look out for is to make sure your builder is in a trade body. These include the Federation of Master Builders, the Guild of Builders and Contractors, or the National Federation of Builders. This will ensure that your builder is reputable and trustworthy, and isn’t likely to scam you, or steal your money without finishing the job to a high standard.
Similarly, it’s important to ask for references from your builder. There’s nothing more enlightening than the opinions of past customers and, if your builder is as good as he claims to be, he ‘ll have no problem sharing references with you. Red flags should be waving in your mind if they’re reluctant to do so.
Also, make sure to check that your builder has insurance should something go disastrously wrong. If they strike a water pipe, or a gas pipe, you need to be sure they’re covered and you won’t be liable for paying out a huge sum of money to get it fixed.
You should also ask your builder if they use sub-contractors. If they do, it’s important that you check them out too. Anyone who works on your house needs to be one hundred per cent trustworthy and reliable.
Once you’ve agreed to hire a builder, you should ask for as detailed a quote as possible, so that each and every part of the job is accounted for, and it’s easier for you to compare against the prices that you have in your mind (you will, of course, have done your research on pricing too!) If the work is going to be particularly substantial, it might be worth hiring a professional to draw up an official contract, so you won’t be left out of pocket should something go wrong.
It’s also helpful to plan out a work and payment schedule, so that you only pay your builder once a specific task is done. That way, your builder will be more inclined to keep to the schedule, if they know they’re going to get paid as soon as a task is completed.
Once work is completed, it’s essential you contact a council inspector, who will be able to assess whether the work meets regulations. If they don’t, the work will have to be destroyed, and it’s unlikely you’ll get your money back, so make sure to follow these steps before committing to a specific builder for your extension!