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Choosing a Builder

Disaster stories involving tradesmen are legend. Botchy work, dodgy materials, brutish behaviour and the tradesman's ghost (the one whose presence is felt in the fact that your former life is buried beneath the demolished living room) are just a few that come to mind. These not only cost you money, they can be the source of considerable emotional stress.

The single most important decision you will make when renovating is choosing the builder. The success or failure of the entire project will hinge on this choice. You are literally at the mercy of this person, and can be for years. Builders not only supply their own labour and craft, they oversee all parts of the construction. They co-ordinate all the tradesmen such as plumbers, tilers and roofers (this normally comprises about 25 percent of their bill) and ensure the building complies with the development plans.

There are four things you should look for in a builder:

  1. Quality — Some builders are very good at their trade, some are not so good, some are downright hopeless and others are quite simply shonky. Poor construction could result in a demolition order being placed on your property or losses that you may never recoup. So you need to find a builder who takes pride in his work and has a reputation for providing quality.
  2. Efficiency — They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but you don't want to wait that long to take possession of a fine piece of craftsmanship. The builder must be able to produce quality work, to budget and within a reasonable time frame.
  3. Reliability — It is one thing to be consistent but slow, another altogether to be inconsistent and unreliable. The last thing you want is a builder who doesn't turn up for weeks, leaving you in limbo.
  4. Character — You will have a very close relationship with your builder during the renovation period so compatibility is a key consideration. He will spend a lot of time in your house at a stressful period of your life so it is important you like each other. Some builders develop such close relationships with their clients they have even been appointed godparents or best men.

So how do you find the perfect builder? It is not an easy task. Good tradesmen are in demand. They can pick and choose the jobs they take on, particularly in buoyant economic times, so the first rule of thumb is to make it worth their while. You are competing with others for their services and will have to pay above average to obtain a quality outcome. The rewards, however, should more than compensate for this. The following tips may help with choosing and dealing with builders.

For more information or to discuss building needs, small or large, contact us.

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