Builder Canterbury Kent (CT1): With so many building contractors and builders to select from in the Canterbury area, it can be pretty tricky to pick the best one for your proposed building project. How can you possibly decide on which general builder, specialist building contractor or house builder to employ? To assist you in finding the best Canterbury building contractor for your task here are some useful advice and tips to set you on your way.
Whatever the size of your building challenge; a property extension, a complete house build, a cellar refurbishment or even a garden wall, you want a reliable, qualified and professional Canterbury builder to do the task. First of all you should do is ask family and friends for suggestions. If they're happy with a builder then add them to your shortlist as you will want to get more than one estimate for the work.
If you don't know anyone who can endorse a builder in Canterbury then you can ask the professionals. You are able to identify builders and building companies who are backed by insurances and guarantees on the Federation of Master Builders list of trusted contractors. When stuff goes wrong on a building project, this reassurance from the Federation can prove invaluable.
Before requesting a quotation from a building company in Canterbury you will need to have some details ready in advance. They will not be able to produce a definitive price if it's not clear precisely what you want. You ought to be able to come up with some designs and plans of smaller construction works, a garden wall for example, however if it's a more substantial project you can ask your builder for assistance right from the planning and design stage right through to the management of the build to completion.
If you've got architectural drawings, you should make photocopies and pass them on to any Canterbury builders providing a job quote, as well as a detailed written brief. This way you're both clear about the envisioned result of your project. Together with a detailed estimate the builder should also be able to set out an approximate timeframe to complete the building works.
If you get a job quote that's significantly cheaper than the others, take some time to contemplate how this can be and ask how they would be able to do the job for that amount without cutting corners on manpower or materials. If they can't give an acceptable answer or a break down of the costs to explain the quote, then it may be wise to consider a different building company, even if they happen to be a little bit more expensive.
Before picking out which Canterbury building company to hire have a final look over their estimates. You should pay particular attention to what ISN'T included in the total price. For instance, some building companies may cut costs by not including waste removal at the end of the project. The debris and rubble from any construction work must be removed and disposed of in a safe and controlled way, in accordance with local regulations, and this can be a rather expensive extr outlay if it isn't contained in the quote.
If you have a certain design or style you would like for any fittings and fixtures for your building project in Canterbury, these should also be priced for on the quote. This is an issue that should be clarified on your original written summary given to the builders to enable them to source the items and include them in their quotation. If the quotation doesn't stipulate your accessories you might end up with a cheaper alternative being used to cut costs.
So, you've made your mind up, you have a quotation that you're happy with and you have gone ahead and appointed your chosen builder. To secure both parties' interests, the builder should present you with a written contract to sign before any actual physical work starts. This should include stuff like what materials are to be used, clearing of the site before work starts, specific fixtures or fittings, and the making good of any snags during and at the end of the project. There should additionally be mention of the guarantee and warranty period of the work involved.
This contract should also stipulate when and how payments should be made for the project in question. It is possible that you could be asked for a small deposit, but don't pay out any significant amounts of money prior to work beginning. Larger construction projects are usually paid for in phases, and you'll only pay on the completion of each stage when you're satisfied that the work has been accomplished successfully.
A snagging list of any small faults can be done during a final inspection of the completed project by the client and builder. A common sense approach is needed by both sides when dealing with this list, and it should adhere to the contract that was agreed at the start of the project. Both sides should be ready to accept the other's point of view and be willing to put forward a solution so that everybody can feel pleased with the final result. The final payment for the job can be made when site waste has been removed (if included in contract), all the work has been finished and any snags have been made good.
If you establish a good line of communication with your builder, you are establishing a good foundation in the smooth running of your construction project. If you should notice a problem, or something you want to modify throughout the project, talk to your builder immediately. The longer that you leave something to develop, the harder it is for the builder to resolve and creating a good relationship from the outset is important.
For bigger projects you must realise that you will be in close contact with your builders for some time. You should always have complete trust and understanding in this situation with your Canterbury builder and his personnel. A tremendous help in accomplishing this can be gained by evaluating their accreditations, memberships and qualifications of trade organisations.
There are quite a few trade bodies and organisations that provide project management training, building and construction skills and hands-on building courses for all levels of the workforce. Membership schemes are available through over thirty trade organisations to put the spotlight on qualifications and individual skills, or to showcase the professionalism and trustworthiness of a building company. Trade associations that are highly regarded in the construction industry are:
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The minimum certification required by any worker on a building site is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme card. The CSCS card gives notice of a worker's qualifications, (Degree, NVQ, Postgraduate Degree and Diploma) in the building industry together with their accreditation from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment examination.
The CSCS cards are issued in different colours to denote the differing skill levels and qualifications within the building trade of each card holder. To learn more about the CSCS scheme and the roles and responsibilities of the variously coloured cards you can always visit their website.
The Construction Industry Council - With in excess of 25,000 construction consultants and over 500,000 building professionals among its membership, the Construction Industry Council is the largest building industry association. The majority of people with CIC membership hold responsible and skilled roles in the building industry, for instance technical consultants, building site managers and building company executives.
The Federation of Master Builders - Many individual contractors and building companies of all skill levels have an affiliation with the Federation of Master Builders, and follow their guidelines and recommendations for the building industry. Not only does the FMB provide guarantees and insurances for the work of its membership, they also have a useful conflict resolution service which provides impartial assistance to both parties in case there are any disagreements.
Building work can be done in Canterbury and also in nearby places like: Littlebourne, Rough Common, Tyler Hill, Harbledown, Bridge, Sturry, Hoath, Chilham, Chartham Hatch, Fordwich, Faversham, Blean, Chartham, Bekesbourne, Aylesham, Broadoak, Lower Hardres, and in these postcodes CT1 1JE, CT1 1DA, CT1 1PT, CT1 1DY, CT1 1ND, CT1 1AQ, CT1 1BF, CT1 1FW, CT1 1JP, CT1 1FB. Locally based Canterbury building contractors will probably have the telephone dialling code 01227 and the postcode CT1. Click on the "quote" banner to get details about building in your area.
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Households in St Peters Street, Blean Hill, Capel Lane, All Saints Lane, Chequer Lane, Claremont Place, Bridge Road, The Mint, Sandpit Lane, Aisne Drive, Sweechgate, Delaware Close, Albert Road, St Stephens Pathway, School Hill, Cranmer Close, Bournes Close, St Albans Road, Beaconsfield Road, Sleigh Road, Cullings Hill, Bonnington, The Elms, Brotherhood Close, Avon Close, Ash Road, Stanmore Court, Dane Street, Alcroft Grange, St Martins Terrace, have needed building work just recently. House extensions were also completed in the following local Canterbury postcodes: CT1 1JE, CT1 1DA, CT1 1PT, CT1 1DY, CT1 1ND, CT1 1AQ, CT1 1BF, CT1 1FW, CT1 1JP, CT1 1FB.
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