Builder Bexley Greater London (DA5): Picking the right builder for your Bexley based building project can prove to be challenging with the large number on offer. Should you use a general builder, a house builder or a specialist building contractor for your assignment, and how will you know which one to choose? To find the right Bexley builder for your particular needs, below are some useful tips and advice.
It matters not if you're getting an extension built, remodeling a basement, building your own house or any other project you're considering, your Bexley builders must be reliable, professional and properly qualified to carry out the work. Start out by asking for recommendations from neighbours and friends. If they're happy with a builder they've used then add them to your list as you will want to get more than one price quote for the job.
If there's no-one who can offer you a decent recommendation or endorsement then you'll have to look for a professional Bexley building contractor via the industry experts. A list of trusted individual builders and companies is held by the Federation of Master Builders, who endorse each signed up member with an insurance backed warranty and guarantees for any work that they do. When stuff goes wrong on a building project, this peace of mind and insurance from the Federation of Master Builders can prove to be invaluable.
You will have to prepare a few things before asking a builder in Bexley for a price quote. They won't be able to produce an accurate price if it's not crystal clear precisely what you want. You ought to be able to show some dimensions and designs of smaller building tasks, a garden wall for example, but if it's a more substantial project you can ask your builder for help right from the design and planning stage and all the way through project management and completion.
If you've got architect's drawings, you should make photocopies and hand them to any Bexley builder providing an estimate, as well as a detailed written brief. Through this process you will both be clear about the anticipated outcome of your project. When you get your estimate you will usually also be given an approximated timeline for your building project.
Quotations can fluctuate significantly, however if there is one that is much lower than the rest you should get the builder to clarify why this is so and to make certain that they fully understand your expectations. If they are unable to break down the costs or give an acceptable answer to explain the quote, then it may be wise to consider a different building contractor, even if they happen to be a little more expensive.
Don't make a rash decision in choosing a builder in Bexley, or feel pushed into picking a particular one; a great tip is to wait for twenty four hours and read through all of the job quotes again. A price quote may not itemise every aspect of the project, however there should be a list of phases in the build process, and you're searching for anything that wasn't included in the initial estimate. If there is no entry on your quotation for waste removal, for example, you need to ask if this is going to be included at no extra charge. This must be disposed of in an ethical fashion and should you find it is not included in the estimate you need to ask why.
Another element to look at is the finish, design and style of any fittings and fixtures that you require. This is something that needs to be transparent on your written brief given to the builder to enable him to procure these accessories and include them in their quotation. If the quotation doesn't specify your exact requirements you could end up with a cheaper alternative to reduce costs.
So, you have made up your mind, you've got a quotation you're happy with and you've hired your chosen Bexley builder. Before any actual physical work commences the builder should draw up a contract for the protection of you both. This could include items such as; responsibilities in clearing the site before work begins and on completion, materials, specific fittings or fixtures, and there'll be a resolution for any issues or snags. It should also give details of any agreed warranty period and what the guarantee covers in respect of materials and construction work.
It might also establish the payment method for the project. If you're asked for a deposit you should be wary of paying out large sums of cash to any builder before work commences. If you're paying for your building project in phases, you should only be asked to pay upon each stage completion, and when you're pleased with the work that's been accomplished.
A snag list of any faults can be compiled during a final inspection of the completed project by the client and builder. The list should be handled with a common sense approach from both parties, and conform to the formal contract that was agreed at the beginning of the project. A final inspection isn't used to pick fault with the standard of the work, but is done to deal with any concerns over the outcome of the building project and how to fix them in a mutually acceptable way. The final payment for the job should be made once all the work has been completed, any snags have been put right and site waste has been cleared (if included in contract).
If you establish good lines of communication between yourself and the builder, you are taking a big step towards the smooth and efficient running of your project. At all times you need to be prepared to discuss any changes in or problems with your project with your builders.. It gets much more difficult to put a problem right the longer it's left to fester, and you will both benefit from good lines of communication from the outset.
You could be living in direct contact on a day to day basis and for some time with your building team if the construction project is a substantial one. You must always have complete trust and understanding in this case with your Bexley building contractors and their workers. You can accomplish this by checking out your building company's memberships and affiliations of trade organisations, and asking what experience and qualifications their workers have.
Within the building industry there are many qualification opportunities for hands-on training, project management and other construction and building related topics from a range of different professional organisations. There are membership schemes provided by over 30 associations highlighting individual expertise and qualifications, or to accentuate the professionalism and trustworthiness of building companies throughout the British Isles. Some of the largest building industry schemes to watch out for are:
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The bare minimum required certification for any worker on a building site is the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. The CSCS card showcases a worker's qualifications, (Diploma, Postgraduate Degree, NVQ and Degree) in the construction industry in addition to their certification from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam.
There are many variously coloured cards in the CSCS scheme, with each identifying a different qualification or ability level of the holder. You will be able to discover more information and see the various different roles and cards on the CSCS website.
The Construction Industry Council - The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the largest of the construction industry's trade bodies with in excess of 25,000 construction consultants and approximately 500,000 building professionals amongst its members. These represent the management and technical side of the building industry and it's highly likely that a site manager or other similar executive will be the holder of a CIC membership.
The Federation of Master Builders - As mentioned earlier, the FMB (Federation of Master Builders) is a leading trade body that sets industry-wide standards in the building trade for personnel of all types. FMB members are able to provide insurance cover for any building work they carry out and also offer conflict resolution to find an acceptable outcome for both contractor and client in the event of any disagreements.
Building work can be done in Bexley and also nearby in: Wilmington, Hook Green, Sidcup, Dartford, North Cray, Coldblow, Northumberland Heath, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst, Slade Green, Blackfen, Albany Park, Leyton Cross, Welling, Chislehurst, Crayford, together with these postcodes DA5 1AJ, DA5 1EJ, DA5 1PQ, DA5 1JD, DA5 1WW, DA5 1BE, DA5 2AZ, DA5 1JA, DA5 1JT, DA5 2BN. Locally based Bexley building contractors will probably have the postcode DA5 and the dialling code 020. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get specifics of builders in your location.
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Bexley Building Tasks
There is a range of work that can be accomplished by local Bexley builders including industrial construction, garage conversion, partition walls in Bexley, conservatory installation in Bexley, footings Bexley, chimney construction in Bexley, kitchen installations, house extensions Bexley, foundations, cheap building services in Bexley, metal staircases in Bexley, garage building in Bexley, cavity wall insulation, new builds & rebuilds, cellar & basement conversion Bexley, bar/pub fitting in Bexley, restaurant fitting, mould control in Bexley, chimney repair in Bexley, porch construction Bexley, underfloor insulation, eco-building, groundwork Bexley, bathroom installations, building rates Bexley, landlord construction services, and lots more.
Builders Near Bexley
Also: Barnehurst builders, Leyton Cross builders, Welling builders, Slade Green builders, Hook Green builders, Wilmington builders, Sidcup builders, Blackfen builders, North Cray builders, Coldblow builders, Albany Park builders, Dartford builders, Bexleyheath builders, Crayford builders, Chislehurst builders, Northumberland Heath and more.
- Bexley Home Extensions
- Bexley Mould/Damp Control
- Bexley Underpinning
- Bexley Disability Access Installations
- Bexley Commercial Building
- Bexley Home Improvements
- Bexley Wood & Metal Staircases
- Bexley Building Estimates
- Bexley Structural Steelwork
- Bexley Cheap Building Services
- Bexley Chimney Building
- Bexley Groundwork & Foundations
- Bexley House Renovations
- Bexley Building Services
Building Around Bexley
Building work has recently been done in the following Bexley roads - Salisbury Road, Chilham Close, Alton Close, Balmoral Gardens, Bourne Road, Stedman Close, Beechway, Bradbourne Road, Brent Close, Brookdale Road, Thanet Road, Baynham Close, Carisbrooke Avenue, Basing Drive, Danson Road, The South Glade, Dorchester Avenue, Charter Drive, Broomwood Close, Arcadian Close, as well as these Bexley area postcodes: DA5 1AJ, DA5 1EJ, DA5 1PQ, DA5 1JD, DA5 1WW, DA5 1BE, DA5 2AZ, DA5 1JA, DA5 1JT, DA5 2BN.
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