Builder Braintree Essex (CM7): There are such a lot of building contractors and construction companies in and near to Braintree that it can be something of a challenge to decide on the best one for your specific needs. From general builders, specialist building contractors, to house builders; how do you know which one to use? To help you, below are some advice and tips on getting the best Braintree builder at the best price.
It matters not if you are having an extension built, building your own home, upgrading a basement or any other project, your Braintree builder must be reliable, professional and qualified to carry out the work. Friends and neighbours are a good place to start to look for recommendations for a quality builder. A builder who has good "by word of mouth" recommendations is one to put on your list of possible companies to ask for a price quote.
If you don't know anyone who can endorse or recommend a building contractor in Braintree then ask the industry professionals. A list of reliable independent builders and building companies is held by the Federation of Master Builders, who back each signed up member with an insurance backed warranty and guarantees for any work they do. A recommended FMB building company gives you the confidence in the knowledge that your project will be successfully completed even when problems occur, or unexpected delays in building are taking place.
Before asking a building company in Braintree for a price quote you will need to have a few details prepared in advance. They will not be able to come up with a definitive price if it isn't clear exactly what you want. If it's quite a large undertaking you can ask a building company to supervise every stage of the work, from design and management to complete construction, whilst modest building tasks should enable you to have some designs and ideas to show a builder in order to get an accurate quotation.
You need to make copies of any architectural drawings or written design specifications and hand them over to any Braintree builders who you need to get a quotation from. By following this process you'll both be clear on the anticipated outcome of your project. When you receive your quotation you should also be given a rough timescale for your building project.
If you get an estimate that's much cheaper than the others, take some time to contemplate how this can be and ask how they would be able to work for that price without skimping on materials or labour. As a prospective client you're within your rights to ask for a compelling explanation and receive a break down of the costs given, and if the builder is unable or unwilling to supply this it could be better to be safe than sorry and consider another company for the task.
Do not make a hasty decision when choosing builders in Braintree, or feel forced into picking a particular one; a great suggestion is to hold back for 24 hours or so and read through each of the estimates again. Consider what's included, and more importantly, what ISN'T included in the price. As an example, some builders may reduce the quote by not itemising waste removal at the end of the project. All building waste has to be disposed of properly and if it isn't included in the quotation you have been given you have to ask who is responsible for the site clearance on completion.
Another item to look at is the style, design and finish of any fixtures and fittings that you might need. This is something that ought to be clarified on your written summary that is given to the builders to allow them to procure the items and make sure they're included in the estimate. If the quotation doesn't specify your exact accessories you might finish up with a cheaper option to cut costs.
So, you've found a quote that you're happy with and you are now ready to appoint your builder. A contract should now be drawn up by the building firm to set out the details of the work. This will very likely include points such as; specific fixtures or fittings, what materials are to be used, removal of building rubbish and waste, and an entry for resolving any issues or snags. The contract will set out what warranty period you may have and exactly what the guarantees from the builder cover with regards to their work and/or materials that are used for the project.
This contract should also explain how and when payments should be made for the building work in question. If you're requested to pay a deposit you must be cautious about paying substantial sums of money to any builder before the work has even begun. Payments should only be made when each stage of a project has been finished, and then only when you are pleased with the work.
At the end of the project there needs to be a final inspection of the work involving the client and builder to ensure that all work has been completed to a good standard and a snag list of minor faults compiled, if necessary. A snag list is a way for a builder to fix any small issues discovered at the end of the project, and should be in keeping with the the contract that was agreed by both parties. Each party needs to be open to the other's point of view and be prepared to offer a solution in order that everybody can feel pleased with the final outcome. The final payment for the job can be made once site waste has been removed (if included in contract), all work has been completed and any snags have been rectified.
It is unfortunate that quite a few construction projects turn bad because of a lack of communication between builder and customer. At all times you need to be ready to discuss any problems or changes in your project with your builder.. The longer you leave something to fester, the more difficult it is for the building contractor to resolve and having a good rapport from the start is crucial.
It is quite possible that you will be living and in close collaboration with the builders on a daily basis for a period of time. Having trust and confidence in the builder's experience, skills and qualifications can mean that this extra stress is a little bit easier to bear. Any memberships, qualifications and accreditations held by the builders from trade associations can help give you reassurance.
There are a number of organisations that offer project management training, building and construction skills and technical building courses for all levels of the workforce. There are additionally more than thirty trade organisations offering membership schemes to highlight the skills and professionalism of individuals and building companies. Some of the most trusted construction industry schemes to look for are:
The Federation of Master Builders - As mentioned earlier, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is a principal trade organisation that sets industry standards in the building trade for workers of all types. The advantages of hiring an FMB affiliated building contractor are the reassurances and guarantees that this leading trade body gives to its members and their clients.
The Construction Industry Council - The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the biggest of the building industry's trade associations with over 25,000 construction consultants and in excess of 500,000 building professionals amongst its members. These represent the management and technical side of the construction industry and it is likely the site manager or other executive will be the holder of a CIC membership.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - In order to work on any building site or seek employment by a building company, a person must hold a card from the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme). The CSCS card illustrates a worker's qualifications, (Diploma, Degree, NVQ and Postgraduate Degree) in the building industry together with their accreditation from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam.
The CSCS cards are issued in several different colours to signify the different skill levels and qualifications in the trade of each card holder. More information and facts can be found at the CSCS website.
Building work can be done in Braintree and also nearby in: Bocking, Great Leighs, Rayne, Great Dunmow, Black Notley, Stisted, Finchingfield, Shalford, Great Notley, Coggeshall, Gosfield, Cressing, Chelmsford, Panfield, Witham, Bradwell, Silver End, Halstead, and in these postcodes CM7 1DQ, CM7 1GF, CM7 1AE, CM7 0HP, CM7 0SP, CM7 0GX, CM7 0HD, CM7 1DH, CM6 9BP, CM7 0FP. Locally based Braintree building contractors will most likely have the postcode CM7 and the telephone code 01376. Click on the "quote" form or banner to get info on builders in your location.
Braintree Building Tasks
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Builders Near Braintree
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Building Around Braintree
Households in Stone Close, The Lindens, Wickham Crescent, Warrenside, The Ridgeway, Ingram Mews, Duggers Lane, Brise Close, Penn Mews, Worcester Close, Bramley Close, Lakes Road, Johnson Close, Skitts Hill, Trinovantian Way, Cunnington Road, Browning Road, Dickens Close, Trotters Field, South Street, East Street, Kipling Way, Camulus Close, Woodlands, Bronte Close, Parklands, Mill Hill, Peartree Close, have needed building work just recently. House extensions were also completed in these Braintree area postcodes: CM7 1DQ, CM7 1GF, CM7 1AE, CM7 0HP, CM7 0SP, CM7 0GX, CM7 0HD, CM7 1DH, CM6 9BP, CM7 0FP.
More Maldon, Basildon, Harlow, Clacton-on-Sea, Braintree, Grays, Chelmsford, Stanford-le-Hope, Saffron Walden, Colchester, Witham, Harwich, Wickford, Rayleigh, Loughton, South Ockendon, Brentwood, Rochford, South Woodham Ferrers, Waltham Abbey, Rainham, Canvey Island, Southend-on-Sea and Billericay.:
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Professional builders in CM7 area, and dialling code 01376.