Choosing the right builder for your house extension or renovation project
When undertaking a home improvement project - house extension or renovation project, choosing the right builder to deliver the best outcome is your priority. You don't want a builder that will deliver a very poor job that is unsatisfactory. The hassle of dealing with the issues and engaging another builder is best avoided. Also, getting into a legal tussle that would take months or years to resolve isn't the best use of your time.
Here, we discuss some of the factors to consider when hiring a builder to undertake your house extension, renovation or refurbishment project.
How should I choose the right builder for my project?
As with any field of service delivery, you want to get the best outcome possible. You don't want to end up in a situation where your project isn't done according to specification and you have to constantly call the builder back for rework or change the specification because it is too much trouble. You also do not want a builder that would deliver a shoddy job that will require constant maintenance and repair.
It is important to remember that this all falls on your shoulders when things go wrong. Choosing the right contractor makes dealing with these issues easier.
Here are some useful tips:
During your home improvement journey, some builders coordinate the entire process from start to finish while others undertake specific tasks. For the latter, it means you will be dealing with multiple contractors.
Selecting a good builder is important because you will be working closely with him throughout construction. It is always better if he understands your requirements and sticks strictly to your specifications. They should be knowledgeable to advise on the best methods or techniques to help you achieve your desired outcome.
What are the main qualities of a good builder?
The main qualities of a good builder are:
Loyalty: There is always competition among builders in any major city and you will need to choose one that sticks with you throughout your project. Homework has to be done by you the homeowner or your agents on their background, previous projects and contact numbers of their former clients. It also means that the builder should not work for multiple people simultaneously or they could end up building two houses at the same time which might be a problem.
Building experience: The level of experience determines how well they understand construction activities and therefore problems can be avoided before they arise. A good builder can see beyond what is in front of him. He should be able to foresee potential issues as well as propose solutions. He must have worked on different types of buildings and have the necessary experience to manage them. He should also have good knowledge of planning permissions, building codes, laws and regulations. All these contribute to his value as a builder for any project.
How long has he been doing this business? This is important because it will give you a fair idea of his competence with regards to handling multiple projects at once. The more experience he has, the most likely your project will not encounter many bumps along the way.
Technical capability: The builder must demonstrate his technical prowess through photographs of previous projects so you can assess for yourself whether they are impressive enough and will leave you with a sense of pride and admiration once completed. You should try and avoid hiring builders who lack this important skill because if ever you get stuck in between during construction, neither would you nor he will be able to creatively find solutions on how to proceed.
Instead, you will both be looking at each other helplessly and your project may end up missing deadlines and costing you more than necessary just because you have chosen the wrong builder for your project and that is understandable because building is not a trivial job it requires a lot of skill which translates into higher cost hence why only those who are very confident in their capabilities scale up to becoming full-time builders making these people more expensive than others.
Technical competence: This will be an indicator of the calibre of your builder. It is good practice to engage someone who has experience in handling projects like yours because he knows what works and what doesn't for your project's expected lifespan. Some materials are only meant for short term use while others last longer depending on their quality and construction workmanship.
What are the questions I should ask a builder before hiring?
Here are some basic questions you should ask:
Undertaking a home improvement project requires a lot of commitment and resources from start to completion. Consider the time committed to research and organising the entire project to the financial investment that goes into the project. Finding and choosing the right builder is vital to having a successful project.
Builders and tradesmen have a reputation for being hard-nosed and not caring. Well, that is a general view that does not apply to all builders. Some builders play the long game and therefore customer satisfaction is central to all they do. This means delivering a project that the customer is happy with, within time and budget.
If you are based in Cheshunt, Waltham Cross or surrounding areas in Hertfordshire or North London, our team at Cheshunt Builders and Renovation are available to provide advice and guidance. We also have the expertise and experience to deliver the job. For great workmanship, high-quality finish and exceptional customer service speak to us now.