How to Find a Trustworthy Builder for Your Home Extension
With the cost of moving house continuing to increase, more and more people are opting to stay where they are and extend their existing home instead. There are many builders offering professional services to construct an extension but how do you know which one to pick?
The array of choices can seem overwhelming but with a methodical approach you’ll be able to whittle the numbers down and find the right builder for your project. Here are some practical tips on how to find a trustworthy builder for your extension.
Don’t Necessarily Choose the Cheapest
When faced with a squeezed budget and a long list of options, one of the easiest ways of finding a builder is based on cost. However, no matter how tight your finances are, it’s still important to make sure you get the right person, and not just the cheapest.
In many cases the cheapest quote may not be the most experienced or knowledgeable, and this can lead to unexpected problems during the project. This can trigger further expenses and before you know it, the overall cost is spiralling.
In addition, not all builders are transparent about what they’re charging for. When you get a quote make sure that’s a full and final figure and that you won’t have any hidden extras sprung upon on as you go along.
Many builders will offer to travel some distance to carry out the work but although this may seem to give you more options, it’s not always helpful.
Using a local firm will cut down on travelling costs and will ensure that there’s an existing relationship between your builders and other organisations. Whether this is the planning office or a nearby builder’s merchant, a local firm will have the know-how to make the job much quicker and simpler.
In Britain, manners can sometimes prevent people from being as forthright as they want, but you should never be afraid to ask for testimonials. There’s nothing more powerful than hearing from previous customers and finding out what the builders were like to work with.
A good builder won’t make you ask for proof of testimonials; if you check out their site you should find a section where you can see what previous customers had to say. Although this shouldn’t be the only factor you take into account, it can be extremely persuasive.
There have been plenty of cases of rogue builders taking money and never turning up to do the job. It’s therefore vital to make sure the business you use is legitimate and above board.
If you only have a name and a mobile phone number, you have little way of tracking the builder down if there’s a problem. Instead, you should look to appoint a builder who has a physical business address as well as a contact phone number. You can gain extra confidence if the business is a limited company as it will be registered with Companies House. This isn’t a process which is undertaken easily and is a good indication that you’re dealing with professionals.
Other ways to verify that your builder has a good reputation is by using services such as Rated People. All reviews left are genuine which can be a big confidence boost when you’re looking to find someone trustworthy.
Home Extension Experience
If you’ve found a builder who seems friendly and reliable, don’t forget to check that they have experience which is directly relevant to the work you want done.
Fitting a kitchen is very different to building a home extension so it’s vital that you look for experience in the same type of projects as yours. Expert firms tend to offer multiple services such as loft conversions, carpentry and property extensions so whatever you need, you’ll be able to get the whole package without relying on outside agencies.
Check out the website of the builders you want to use and you should find information about their background and experience. This can help you decide whether they have the necessary skills to build your home extension.
Trust Custom Carpentry Solutions Ltd
Based in Wales, we offer a range of building services including home extensions to the Cardiff, Gwent and South Wales Valley areas. We undertake a range of work both big and small and have the experience to project manage your whole home extension from beginning to end. We never charge for consultations or quotes, and we give you all the information you need upfront, with no obligation. Call one of our friendly team today for a chat about your home extension and how we could help.