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Tips on How to Choose the Best Building Firm

By Dan Brooks

Planning to have building work done, such as a loft conversion or home extension or possibly a basement conversion inside the London area? If that is so, then you need to be aware of the most effective way of determing the best builders. No matter the size or nature of your work, devote plenty of time upfront to perform some thorough research on London builders. Failure to choose the correct building contractor to do the job will in many instances lead to you being utterly dissatisfied with the final finish or left severely out of pocket!. Having building work completed at your home is hectic enough as it is! Evade expensive errors that will make the task more difficult on yourself, company or family members.

Research and Word of Mouth

It is always smart to ask your family and friends to suggest a professional building contractor to you. If you do not know of anyone to ask, conduct some online investigation by taking a look at local listings and their reviews. Make sure you look at the sites of any building contractors that you find as many will have a page dedicated to photographs and even video clips of previous construction work.

Once you’ve identified a few likely candidates, give them a call or mail them asking for some customer referrals. Yes it can be time intensive, but the time you invest now will most definitely save time in the long run. Most reputable London building firms ought to gladly share their positive customer references. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and contact these references your self. As an example, you could be extremely worried about whether the builders cleaned up their work area each day if the project is in your home or public business premisis. If the finances are extremely limited, ask the reference how closely the construction company kept to their time and materials quotations. If speed is of the essence, or there are other demanding issues which impact the timescale of any construction work, ask the reference if the particular company delivered the completion of the building job on time and to the predetermined program.

Key Points to be Conscious of

Seek to pay the contractor in stages, according to works being carried out at key times set in advance. Do not deposit any more than 50 percent of the total cost of the entire contract in order to get started. One half the price of the work ought to cover an adequate amount of the construction businesses large costs like construction materials; if it does not, think about moving on. Get written quotations from several builders, and be wary of any quote that’s radically cheaper than the others.

If a particular quotation is noticeably cheaper compared to others, avoid that company because poor pricing will more often than not result in complications later on. Obviously steer clear of any builder that doesn’t provide you with a written estimate from their company on headed paper etc, because they do not consider the matter seriously whatsoever. Whenever contractors visit the premises to obtain information for the estimate, don’t be afraid to ask questions and make a note on whether or not they turned up punctually.

Think about it this way: sooner or later you’ll end up with the best London building company… even if you have to hire them later so that you can clean up the mess the wrong construction firm made and complete the job. Do not take chances with cowboy London building companies – invest some time performing research on your choice and you will be happier in the long run.

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