Builder Dover Kent (CT16): With such a lot of building contractors and construction companies to choose from in the Dover area, it can be pretty tricky to pick the best one for your proposed construction project. From house builders, specialist building contractors, to general builders; how do you know which to choose? To help you out, here are some tips and advice on finding the best Dover builder at the right price.
Whatever the size of your building project; a basement renovation, a complete house build, a home extension or just a new garden wall, you want a reliable, professional and qualified Dover building contractor to carry out the task. Firstly you should do is ask friends and neighbours for recommendations. If they're pleased with a builder then add them to your list as you will want to get more than one quotation for the job.
If there's no-one who can offer you a good recommendation then you'll need to look for a reliable Dover builder by asking experts in the industry. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has a database of signed-up members that all come guaranteed and with an FMB insurance endorsed warranty as standard. A recommended FMB building company gives you the confidence in knowing that your project will be succesfully done even if things look like they are going awry, or unanticipated delays in construction are taking place.
It is wise to have the details of your project prepared before you ask any builders in Dover for a quote. A definitive quotation can only be prepared if you explain in detail the scope and requirements of your building project. If it's a large project you could ask your building company to supervise every stage of the work, from management and design to the actual construction, while smaller building work should give you the scope to have your own designs and ideas ready and prepared to give to a builder in order to get a precise quotation.
If you've got any architect's drawings, you should make photocopies and pass them to any Dover builder supplying a quote, in addition to an in-depth written summary of the work. Through this process you'll both be clear on the envisioned result of the project. In addition to an itemised quote the building contractor will also set out an approximate timescale to complete the work.
Quotations can fluctuate considerably, however if there are a couple that are much cheaper than the rest you should get the builder to explain why this is the case and to ensure that they fully understand your requirements. As a prospective client you are within your rights to request a convincing explanation and receive an itemised break down of the costs, and if the builder is unable or unwilling to supply this it might be in your best interests to consider a different contractor for the work.
Before settling on which Dover builder to use have a final look over their job quotes. Look at what's included in the price, and even more important what ISN'T included. For instance, certain builders may cut costs by not adding waste removal from the site when the job is completed. Any building waste has to be disposed of correctly and if it isn't included in the quotation you must ask who's responsible for the clean-up of the site on completion.
You may also need to double check that any fittings and fixtures you require for your project are up to your exact specifications. Stuff like this must be stated on your written summary and quoted for accordingly by the builder. If you feel at all unsure about any part of the quote in relation to your fittings and fixtures, now is a good time to clarify the situation and make sure you will not have any unpleasant surprises during the project.
When you have decided on a builder and approved their price quote there's one more piece of paperwork to deal with. To safeguard both parties' interests, the building company should present you with a contract to sign before any work begins. This contract should be unique to your building project and will cover areas like responsibilities in clearing the site before work commences and after completion, the materials to be used and where to store them on site, details of fittings and fixtures, and what to do if there any delays in or problems with the work. It should also discuss any agreed warranty period and what the guarantee covers in regard to materials and building work.
If you've agreed upon a method of payment, this will also be stipulated in the contract. If you're asked for a deposit you must be cautious about paying large amounts of cash to any builder before work starts. Payments should only be made when each phase of a project has been finished, and then only when you are happy with the quality of the work.
A final inspection should be made between the builder and client and any items that need to be put right, or items overlooked during the construction phase should be noted. This snag list should highlight any small issues that need rectifying in keeping with the terms of the contract that was agreed by both parties before work began. A final inspection does not have the aim 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 rectify them in a mutually acceptable way. Only when all work is completed to your satisfaction and any snags rectified, should the final payment for the job be sent to the builder.
If you develop a good line of communication with your builder, you're taking a big step towards the smooth running of your project. If there is something you'd like to alter, or you see a problem developing you should talk to the building company as soon as possible. It will become much more difficult to correct a problem the longer it is left to fester, and you'll both appreciate good communication from the outset.
It's quite possible that you will be living and in close cooperation with the builders on a day to day basis for a period of time, on a substantial project. You should have complete trust and understanding in this case with your Dover building contractors and their personnel. You can achieve this by checking out your building company's affiliations and memberships of trade associations, and asking what qualifications and experience their workers have.
There are quite a few trade bodies that offer project management training, building and construction skills and technical building courses for workers at every level. There are membership schemes provided by more than thirty associations to highlight qualifications and individual skills, or to accentuate the excellence and professionalism of building companies throughout the UK. Some of the most important construction industry schemes to keep an eye out for are:
The Construction Industry Council - The Construction Industry Council has approximately 500,000 individual building professionals and more than 25,000 construction consultants in its membership. These represent both the management and technical side of the building industry and it's likely that a site manager or other similar executive will be the holder of a CIC membership.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The minimum required certification for any employee on a construction site is the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. The CSCS card showcases a worker's qualifications, (NVQ, Degree, Diploma and Postgraduate Degree) in the construction industry together with their accreditation from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.
The variously coloured CSCS cards display at a glance the level of responsibility and ability that the worker has. To learn more about the CSCS scheme and the responsibilities and roles of the different coloured cards you can visit their website.
The Federation of Master Builders - As mentioned earlier, the Federation of Master Builders is a leading organisation that sets industry-wide standards in the building trade for personnel at all levels. FMB members are able to offer insurance cover for any building work they undertake and also offer conflict resolution to find an acceptable outcome for both contractor and client in the eventuality of any disagreement.
Building work can be done in Dover and also nearby in: West Hougham, River, Shepherdswell, Ringwould, Tower Hamlets, Alkham, Guston, Farthingloe, Temple Ewell, Church Hougham, Buckland, Swingate, Maxton, Whitfield, Capel le Ferne, St Margarets at Cliffe, together with these postcodes CT16 1LQ, CT16 1LH, CT16 1RN, CT16 1JR, CT16 1PW, CT16 1JN, CT15 7WZ, CT16 1RY, CT16 1EG, CT16 1HW. Local Dover builders will likely have the telephone dialling code 01304 and the postcode CT16. Click the "quote" banner to get details about building in your area.
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There is a range of work that can be carried out by your local Dover builder including garden office/studio construction, damp control in Dover, steel fabrication, chimney building, structural alterations, mould control, structural steelwork in Dover, garage conversions, garden rooms, timber framed buildings, period/listed building works Dover, cheap construction services, metal staircases, groundwork, one & two storey extensions, porch installations, bathroom installation, garage building in Dover, foundations, partition walls, wooden staircases, house extension, shop fitting in Dover, home improvements, conservatories Dover, building estimates Dover, and lots more.
In the Kent area you'll additionally find: Bearsted building contractors, East Farleigh building companies, Whitfield building firms, Hoo building contractors, Bethersden building contractors, East Malling building contractors, Horsmonden building companies, Wittersham builders, Stone builders, Penshurst building contractors, Larkfield building contractors, Wouldham building companies, East Farleigh building contractors, Saltwood building companies, Hawkhurst building companies, Leysdown building contractors, Guston builders, Hawkhurst building contractors, Bearsted building companies, Stanhope builders, West Kingsdown building companies, Hextable builders, Barham builders, Pluckley builders, West Kingsdown building contractors, Ash builders, Broad Oak builders, Halstead building contractors, East Peckham building firms, Otford builders.
Builders Near Dover
Also: Ringwould builders, Tower Hamlets builders, St Margarets at Cliffe builders, Alkham builders, Maxton builders, Guston builders, Swingate builders, Temple Ewell builders, Farthingloe builders, Capel le Ferne builders, Church Hougham builders, River builders, Whitfield builders, Shepherdswell builders, Buckland builders, West Hougham and more.
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Households in Church Hill, Athol Terrace, Citadel Heights, Chapel Hill, Chilton Avenue, Collingwood Road, Crabble Close, Dunedin Drive, Avenue Road, Coombe Valley Road, Chapel Lane, Tower Street, Blenheim Drive, Byron Crescent, Cavanagh Road, Crooks Court Lane, Armourers Walk, Charlton Avenue, Charlton Arcade, Barton View Terrace, The Rise, St Alphege Road, Brookfield Road, Sea Street, Chance Meadow, Byllan Road, Samphire Court, Anzio Crescent, Squires Way, have needed building work recently. Home extensions were also done in these Dover area postcodes: CT16 1LQ, CT16 1LH, CT16 1RN, CT16 1JR, CT16 1PW, CT16 1JN, CT15 7WZ, CT16 1RY, CT16 1EG, CT16 1HW.
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