Builder Reading Berkshire (RG1): Picking the best builder for your Reading based building project can prove to be tricky with so many to choose from. Do you need a general builder, a house builder or a specialist building contractor for your project, and how will you know which one to choose? To find the best builder for your specific needs, below are some useful advice and tips.
The builders you employ in Reading should be professional, qualified and reliable regardless of the extent of construction project you're expecting them to accomplish. Start off by asking for recommendations from family and friends. A builder who's good "by word of mouth" recommendations is one you should add to your list of possible companies to get a price quote from.
The next best way to find a reliable Reading builder is to ask experts within the construction industry. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) keeps a database of signed-up members that come with a guarantee and an FMB insurance supported warranty as standard. This peace of mind can be priceless during a nerve-racking building project, especially when things don't go to plan.
Before asking a building contractor in Reading for a quote you'll need to have some details prepared beforehand. They won't be able to come up with a definitive price if it's not clear precisely what you want. You could of course use a builder to oversee the management and planning of your project, but for more modest building tasks it is wise to have your requirements ready and prepared when you first contact a building company.
You should make copies of any architectural drawings or written design specifications and give them to the Reading builders you ask for a price quote. By having this paperwork ready it establishes a precise plan which a reputable building contractor will be able to use as a working template for the project. When you receive your quote you should also be handed an approximated timeframe for the project.
Some Reading builders will usually quote a lower price than others, but you need to ask yourself how they are able to accomplish this without cutting corners or using inferior components. If they can't give a suitable answer or a break down of the costs to explain the quote, then it might be best to consider a different building contractor, even if they happen to be a little more expensive.
Once you've received all the estimates, do not be in a panic to pick a building company in Reading; sleep on it and the following day you can go over all of the quotations once more to play it safe. Look at what's included in the price, and even more important what ISN'T included. As an example, certain building contractors may reduce the estimated costs by not including waste removal from the site at the end of the project. Any building waste must be removed and disposed of correctly and if it's not included in the quotation you have been presented with you must ask who is responsible for the site clean-up on completion.
You might also need to double check that any fittings and fixtures you need for your project are up to your exact specifications. This is something that needs to be clarified on your written summary that is given to the builders to enable them to source the items and include them in their quotation. If you feel unsure about any aspect of the estimate in relation to your accessories, now is the time to raise the questions and be sure that you won't get any unwanted surprises during the project.
Okay, you have found a price quote that you are satisfied with and you are now ready to appoint your builder. Before the real work starts the builder should write up a contract to safeguard you both. This contract should be unique to your particular building project and will list areas like clearance of the site before work commences, specific fittings or fixtures, materials, and what will occur if there any issues or delays in the project. The contract will set out what warranty period you may have and what the guarantees by the builder cover with regards to their work or/and materials that are used in the project.
This contract will also stipulate when and how payments need to be made for the project in question. It is entirely possible that you could be asked for a modest deposit, but do not pay out any significant amounts of money prior to work beginning. Payments should only be made when each part of a project has been finished, and only when you are satisfied with the standard of the work.
A final inspection will be made by the builder and the client and any work that needs to be put right, or details overlooked throughout the construction stage should be documented. A snagging list is a way for a builder to rectify any minor issues discovered at the end of the project, and should be in line with the the building contract that was signed by both sides. A final inspection does not have the objective of picking fault with the quality of the work, but is carried out to deal with any concerns about the completed building project and how to correct them in a satisfactory way. When the site has been cleared of materials and tools, the snagging list has been done and all work is finished, the final payment for the job can be made.
Good communication between the builder and you is important to keep a construction project running smoothly. If there's something you want to modify, or you see an issue coming to light you should talk to the building contractor as soon as possible. If you've got a good line of communication with the builders you are less inclined to wait around for the "right" time to talk to them, especially as the longer an issue is left unresolved, the harder it is to correct.
For bigger projects you need to appreciate that you will be in close contact with your builder on a daily basis. Having confidence and trust in you Reading builder's experience, skills and qualifications can mean that this extra stress is a little bit easier to handle. An immense help in achieving this can be gained by researching their memberships, accreditations and qualifications of trade associations.
There are a number of professional organisations that offer building and construction skills, project management training and hands-on building courses for all levels of the workforce. There are also over 30 trade associations with membership schemes to highlight the skills and professionalism of building companies and individual builders. Some of the biggest construction industry schemes to watch out for are:
The Construction Industry Council - With in excess of 500,000 building professionals and in excess of 25,000 construction consultants amongst its membership, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the largest construction industry organisation. The CIC represents highly skilled technicians and management level individuals such as site agents, technical consultants and designers.
The Federation of Master Builders - The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the de-facto membership for countless construction companies, not just in Reading, but all over the British Isles. The advantages of using the services of an FMB affiliated building company are the guarantees and reassurances that this principal association offers to its membership and their customers.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The minimum certification required by any person working on a construction site is the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. The CSCS card showcases a worker's qualifications, (Postgraduate Degree, Degree, NVQ and Diploma) in the construction industry as well as their certification from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam.
The CSCS cards have several different colours to represent the different qualifications and levels of expertise within the building trade of each card holder. More details can be found by heading to CSCS website.
Building work can be done in Reading and also in nearby places like: Woodley, Tilehurst, Caversham, Whitley, Sulham, Mapledurham, Play Hatch, Earley, Pangbourne, Shinfield, Theale, West Reading, Tidmarsh, Pingewood, Southcote, Englefield, Dunsden Green, Sonning, Chazey Heath, Emmer Green, Caversham Heights, Calcot, Lower Earley, Norcot, Purley on Thames, together with these postcodes RG1 1PE, RG1 2JW, RG1 1EG, RG1 1JG, RG1 2NF, RG1 2NW, RG1 2HT, RG1 1PW, RG1 2NS, RG1 2NY. Local Reading building contractors will probably have the telephone code 0118 and the postcode RG1.
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There is a wide range of work that can be conducted by your local Reading builder including damp proofing in Reading, log cabins Reading, garden rooms, mould control Reading, garage building in Reading, wooden staircases, disability access installations Reading, piling, listed/period building works, foundations, loft conversion in Reading, home improvements, one & two storey extensions Reading, metal staircases, garden studio/office construction, cavity wall insulation, partition walls, restaurant fitting in Reading, building estimates, structural steelwork, conservatories, porch construction in Reading, structural alterations, bar/pub fitting, footings Reading, chimney repairs in Reading, and lots more.
Builders Near Reading
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Building Around Reading
In the past twelve months property extensions were professionally built in these Reading streets: Clevedon Drive, Salmond Road, Aldworth Road, Totnes Road, Sheridan Avenue, Spode Close, Short Street, Bennet Road, Caistor Close, Chiltern View, The Courtyard, Bloomfield Hatch, Cawsam Gardens, Thurlestone Gardens, Three Firs Way, Cholmeley Road, Antrim Road, Bardolph Close, Thornbury Green, Dwyer Road, Charrington Road, Alford Close, The Vinery, Totterdown, Abingdon Drive, Sandown Avenue, The Old Orchard, Chiltern Road, Thames Avenue, Salford Close, and in these Berkshire postcodes: RG1 1PE, RG1 2JW, RG1 1EG, RG1 1JG, RG1 2NF, RG1 2NW, RG1 2HT, RG1 1PW, RG1 2NS, RG1 2NY.
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