Builder Alton Hampshire (GU34): Picking the right builder for your Alton construction project can be quite hard with the large number available. From general builders, house builders, to specialist building contractors; how can you possibly know which one to pick? To find the best Alton builder for your precise needs, below are some useful guidance and tips.
Whatever the size of your building project; a complete house build, a cellar restoration, a home extension or just a new garden wall, you want a reliable, qualified and professional Alton building contractor to carry out the work. Family and friends are a good place to start to look for recommendations for a top notch builder. If your neighbours or friends have had building work completed and they are satisfied with how the work went, then that is the best advertisement for any building contractor.
If there is nobody that can offer you a decent recommendation or endorsement then you will have to look for a professional Alton building contractor through industry experts. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) holds a list of members who come guaranteed and with an FMB insurance supported warranty as standard. A recommended FMB builder gives you the self-assurance in knowing that your project will be succesfully done even when things look like they're going wrong, or unanticipated delays in construction are taking place.
It is advisable to prepare details of your project before you ask any building company in Alton for a price quote. An accurate quote can only be prepared if you lay out in detail the scope and requirements of your construction project. If it's quite a big undertaking you could ask your building company to supervise every stage, from planning and management to complete construction works, whilst smaller building work should give you the scope to come up with your own ideas and designs to show a builder so as to get an exact quotation.
If you have any architect's drawings, you need to make photocopies and give them to any Alton builder providing an estimate, in addition to a detailed written brief. This way you are outlining your precise needs from the outset. Together with a detailed estimate the building contractor should also lay down an approximate timescale to complete the building works.
If you receive an estimate which is much cheaper than the rest, take some time to contemplate how this can be and ask yourself how they would be able to work for that price without skimping on manpower or materials. If you do not receive an acceptable response then it might be safer to give the work to another building company and dodge potential problems and stress due to possible increasing costs as the work proceeds.
As soon as you have all the estimates in, don't be in a rush to pick a builder in Alton; sleep on your decision and the following day you can check over all of the quotations once again to play it safe. Pay special attention to what isn't included in the final price given. If there's no entry on your quotation for waste removal, for instance, you must ask if this is going to be included in the price given. All building waste has to be removed and disposed of properly and if it isn't included in the quotation you have to ask who is liable for the clean-up of the site on completion.
Another item to think about is the design, style and finish of any fittings and fixtures that you might need. Things like this must be stated on your original written summary and accordingly quoted for by the builder. If the quote does not specify your fittings you may end up with a cheaper option being used to reduce costs.
As soon as you've settled on a suitable Alton building contractor and approved their quote there is one further bit of paperwork to deal with. Before the real work commences the builder should write up a contract for the protection of both of you. This could include points such as; the materials to be used and where to store them on site, clearance of the site before work starts, specifics of fixtures and fittings, and a resolution for any issues or snags. The contract should set out what warranty period you may have and what the builder's guarantee covers in relation to their work and/or materials that are used for the project.
If you've agreed upon a schedule and method of payment, this will be stipulated in this contract, or a builder will discuss when and how any payments are completed. It is entirely possible that you could be asked for a deposit, however don't pay any large amounts of money prior to work commencing. Larger building projects are typically paid for in stages, and you'll pay on completion of each stage and only when you're satisfied that the stage has been completed correctly.
A final inspection should be made by the client and the builder and any work that needs to be put right, or things missed during the building phase needs to be documented. This snagging list should highlight any issues that need rectifying in line with the contract terms that was signed by both sides before construction work began. Both parties need to be accepting of the other's viewpoint and be prepared to offer a solution so that everyone can feel pleased with the final outcome. When all work is completed, the snagging list has been done and the site has been cleared of materials and tools, the final payment for the job can be made.
Good communication between yourself and the builder is important in order to keep a construction project running smoothly. You always need to be willing to talk over any problems or changes in your project with your building company.. The longer that you leave an issue to fester, the harder it is for the builders to rectify and establishing a good rapport from the outset is essential.
It is entirely possible that you will be living and in close collaboration with your builders for a period of time and on a daily basis. Having trust and confidence in the builder's qualifications, experience and skills can mean that this extra stress is a little bit easier to bear. An immense help in accomplishing this is evaluating their memberships, qualifications and accreditations of professional bodies.
There are plenty of bodies and organisations that offer building and construction skills, project management training and hands-on building classes for all levels of the workforce. There are membership schemes available from more than 30 trade associations highlighting qualifications and individual skills, or to accentuate the reliability and professionalism of a building company. Trade bodies that are held in high regard in the building industry are:
The Federation of Master Builders - As mentioned earlier, the Federation of Master Builders is a principal trade body that sets industry standards in the construction trade for workers of all types. The FMB doesn't only provide guarantees and insurances for its members work, they also offer a dispute resolution service which provides impartial assistance to both client and builder when there are any serious disputes.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a Government endorsed card that all members of a building company workforce, from senior executives down to apprentices, must hold in order to be able to work on a building site. The CSCS card shows a worker's qualifications, (Degree, NVQ, Postgraduate Degree and Diploma) in the building industry in addition to their certification from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam.
The CSCS cards are issued in various colours to denote the different levels of ability and qualifications within the building trade of the card holder. To find out more on the CSCS scheme and the roles and responsibilities of the different coloured cards you can visit their website.
The Construction Industry Council - The CIC (Construction Industry Council) has approximately 25,000 construction consultants and approximately 500,000 individual building professionals in its membership. These represent the management and technical side of the building industry and it's likely the site manager or other similar executive will hold a CIC membership.
Building work can be done in Alton and also in nearby places like: Four Marks, Lasham, Golden Pot, East Worldham, Oakhanger, Bentworth, Beech, Holybourne, Lower Froyle, Medstead, Chawton, Binsted, Isington, Lower Farringdon, Froyle, as well as in these postcodes GU34 1PG, GU34 1PZ, GU34 1QB, GU34 1PA, GU34 1DU, GU34 1BQ, GU34 1NH, GU34 1HZ, GU34 1FU, GU34 1HU. Locally based Alton builders will probably have the postcode GU34 and the phone code 01420. Click the "quote" banner to get information on builders in your area.
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There is a wide range of work that can be completed by your local Alton builder including damp proofing, kitchen installations, partition walls, pizza oven construction, shop fitting, cavity wall insulation, eco-building services, period/listed building works, loft conversions, disability access installation, timber framed buildings, underpinning, porch installation Alton, footings, building services, structural steelwork, bar/pub fitting, conservatory installation, foundations, landlord construction services, groundwork in Alton, industrial construction, building prices in Alton, basement & cellar conversion, structural alterations, home improvements, and more.
Builders Near Alton
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Building Around Alton
Over the past 12 months property extensions had been built in the following Alton streets: Kempton Close, Elmwood Close, Will Hall Close, Osborne Close, Sandringham Close, Ashdell Road, Paper Mill Lane, Huntsmead, Churchill Close, Chauntsingers Road, The Ridgeway, Inhams Road, Cromwell Gardens, Geale's Crescent, Hawthorns, Park Close Road, Northanger Close, Balmoral Close, Skylark Close, Raven Square, Southwood Road, Kipling Road, Dowden Grove, Walnut Close, Hillside Close, Bonhams Close, Downs Way, Wren Close, and in these Hampshire postcodes: GU34 1PG, GU34 1PZ, GU34 1QB, GU34 1PA, GU34 1DU, GU34 1BQ, GU34 1NH, GU34 1HZ, GU34 1FU, GU34 1HU.
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