Builder Dorking Surrey (RH4): Choosing the best builder for your Dorking based building project can prove to be quite hard with the large number available. Do you need a specialist building contractor, a house builder or a general builder for your project, and how will you know which to choose? To help you on your way, here are some tips and guidance on finding the best building company at the right price.
It does not matter if you're building your own home, having an extension built, renovating a basement or some other project you're thinking of, your Dorking building contractor must be professional, reliable and properly qualified to complete the task. Start out by asking for recommendations from friends and neighbours. If they are happy with a builder then put them on your list since you'll need to get more than one quotation for the work.
If you can't find anybody who can recommend a building company in Dorking then you can ask the industry professionals. The Federation of Master Builders has a list of signed-up members that all come guaranteed and with an FMB insurance backed warranty as standard. This peace of mind can be vital during a nerve-racking construction project, particularly when things can sometimes not go to plan.
Before asking a building contractor in Dorking for a price quote you'll want to have a few details prepared in advance. If your project isn't made clear, it can be very difficult for any builder to supply you with an accurate quote. You could obviously use your builder to oversee the management and planning of your project, but for more modest building tasks it's better to have your specifications ready when you first contact a building contractor.
If you've got architectural drawings, you need to make photocopies and pass them to any Dorking builders providing a quote, in addition to an in-depth written summary. By doing this you are outlining your precise requirements right from the start. Together with an itemised quotation the building contractor should also lay down a rough timeframe to complete the building works.
Some Dorking builders will typically quote a lower price than the others, however you need to ask how they are able to do this without skimping or using inferior components. If they can't break down the costs or give an acceptable answer to explain the quotation, then it may be advisable to look at a different building company, even if they are a bit more expensive.
Don't make any rash decisions when choosing a building company in Dorking, or feel pushed into picking a particular one; a great rule is to wait for 24 hours and read through all of the estimates again. Consider what is included in the price, and even more important what ISN'T included. As an example, certain building companies may reduce the quote by not itemising waste removal from the site when the job is completed. This has to be disposed of in a responsible and ethical way and if you find it's not included in the quotation then you should ask why.
You may also need to check that any fittings and fixtures you want for your build meet up with your specifications. As specific styles will need to be sourced from various retailers, your written brief needs to have as much detail regarding the accessories you want, to allow the builder to provide you with an accurate quote. Should you feel uncertain about any aspect of the estimate with regard to your accessories, this is the time to clarify the situation and make certain you won't get any unpleasant surprises once the building work commences.
So, you've made your mind up, you have a quote that you are happy with and you've appointed your chosen Dorking builder. Before any actual physical work commences the builder should draft a contract that safeguards you both. This will include stuff like removal of building waste and rubbish, details of fixtures and fittings, what materials are to be used, as well as the doing any "snagging" during and at the end of the project. There should additionally be reference to the warranty period and guarantee of any work.
If you've come to an agreement on a payment schedule, this will be laid out in this contract. Your builder might want a modest deposit, although it isn't advisable to pay substantial amounts of money up front. Installments should only be paid when each part of a building project is completed, and only if you are pleased with the work.
A snag list of any small faults can be done during the final inspection of the finished project which will involve the builder and client. A snagging list is a way for a builder to rectify any minor problems discovered at the termination of the project, and should be in line with the signed building contract between both parties. Both sides should be accepting of the other's viewpoint and be ready to offer a solution so that everybody can feel satisfied with the final outcome. The final payment can be made when all work has been completed, site waste has been removed (if part of the contract) and any snags have been put right.
A good level of communication between you and the builder is crucial in order to keep a building project running smoothly. At all times you need to be ready to discuss any changes in or problems with your project with the builders, and you should do this the minute something crops up. It gets far more difficult to correct an issue the longer it is left, and you'll both benefit from good communication from the outset.
For bigger building projects you must realise that you will be in direct contact with your builders on a regular basis. Having trust and confidence in the builder's experience, skills and qualifications can make this extra stress that little bit easier to deal with. Any accreditations, memberships and qualifications held by the builders from trade associations can help to reassure you.
In the construction industry there are several professional bodies and organisations that provide training in building skills and project management for all levels of the building workforce. A building firm or individual builder can be a member of one of the 30 schemes established by industry leaders to highlight their trustworthiness, expertise and professionalism. Some of the biggest building industry schemes to look for are:
The Construction Industry Council - The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has over 25,000 construction consultants and in excess of 500,000 individual building professionals in its membership. These represent both the management and technical side of the construction industry and it's highly likely that the site manager or other similar executive will hold a CIC membership.
The Federation of Master Builders - As previously mentioned, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is a principal trade organisation that sets industry-wide standards in the building trade for personnel at all levels. The FMB doesn't just provide insurance and guarantees for its members work, they also have a conflict resolution service that provides impartial assistance to both builder and customer in case of any serious disputes.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The minimum certification required by any person working on a construction site is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. The CSCS card shows a worker's qualifications, (Degree, Postgraduate Degree, Diploma and NVQ) in the construction industry in addition to their certification from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.
The various coloured CSCS cards show at a glance the level of responsibility and skill the person has. To find out more about the CSCS scheme and the responsibilities and roles of the different card colours you could pop along to their website.
Building work can be carried out in Dorking and also nearby in: North Homwood, Abinger Hammer, Buckland, Westhumble, Mickleham, Fetcham, Westcott, Headley, Brockham, Betchworth, Great Bookham, Abinger Common, Leigh, Holmwood, Beare Green, as well as in these postcodes RH4 1LG, RH4 1LL, RH4 1DW, RH4 1PN, RH4 1EX, RH4 1PR, RH4 1BU, RH4 1DR, RH3 7WX, RH4 1GL. Locally based Dorking builders will likely have the phone code 01306 and the postcode RH4. Simply click the "quote" banner or form to get info on builders in your location.
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