Builder Hove East Sussex (BN3): Choosing the right builder for your Hove building project can prove to be tricky with the large number to choose from. Should you use a house builder, a specialist in one form of construction skills or just a general builder for your assignment, and how will you know which to choose? To assist you in finding a building contractor for your task below are some helpful advice and tips to set you on the right path.
It does not matter if you are building your own home, having an extension built, upgrading a basement or any other project you're thinking of, your Hove builder must be reliable, professional and adequately qualified to carry out the work. Start out by asking for recommendations from friends and neighbours. A builder who's good word of mouth approval is one you should add to your list of possible contractors to get a price quote from.
If there is nobody who can give you a good endorsement then you'll need to search for a trusted Hove building contractor via the experts in the industry. A list of trusted builders and building contractors is held by the Federation of Master Builders, who endorse each registered member with an insurance backed warranty and guarantees on any construction work that they do. This sort of reassurance can be invaluable during a stressful building project, particularly when problems are encountered.
It's wise to have details about your building project prepared prior to asking for a quote from a building contractor in Hove. They will not be able to provide a definitive price if it isn't crystal clear exactly what you want. If it's a big undertaking you can ask your building company to manage all stages, from management and design to full construction, while modest building tasks should give you the scope to come up with your own designs and ideas ready and prepared to show a contractor so as to obtain an accurate quotation.
You should have a written summary of your requirements along with copies of architect's drawings to give to each Hove builder who supplies a price quote. By having these documents ready it establishes a precise plan which a reputable contractor can use as a working template for the undertaking. Any quote you receive should also come with an estimated timeframe for finishing the build.
Certain Hove builders will naturally quote a lower price than others, but you need to ask yourself how they can accomplish this without corner-cutting or using substandard components. As a prospective customer you are within your rights to ask for a suitable explanation and receive an itemised break down of the estimated costs, and if the builder is unable to provide this it may be in your best interests to consider another company for the task.
As soon as you've got all the estimates in, don't be in a panic to pick a building company in Hove; sleep on it and the next day go over all of the price quotes again to cover all your bases. A quote might not exactly itemise every aspect of the project, but there ought to be a list of phases in the build process, and you're searching for things that haven't been included in the initial estimate. If there is no listing on your quotation for waste removal, for instance, you should ask them if this will be included for no additional fee. The debris and rubble from any construction work should be disposed of in a safe and ethical fashion, in line with local guidelines, and this can be a rather expensive extra if it isn't included in the quote.
If you have a certain style or design you would like for any fixtures and fittings for your construction project in Hove, these should be included and highlighted the quote. This is something that must be made clear on your written brief that is given to the builder to enable him to procure these accessories and include them in their quote. If you've made specified demands you might need to verify that these are reflected in your estimate.
Okay, so you've found an estimate that you are happy with and you're now ready to appoint your builder. To safeguard both parties' interests, the building company should present you with a written contract to be signed before any physical work commences. This will include such things as what materials are to be used, clearing of the site before work starts, specific fixtures or fittings, and the doing any "snagging" during and at the conclusion of the project. The contract should set out what warranty period you may have and exactly what the builder's guarantee covers with regards to their work or/and materials that are used on the project.
If you've come to an agreement on a payment schedule, this should also be noted in this contract, or the builder will discuss how and when any payments are completed. Your builder might want a deposit, but it is advised not to pay significant amounts of money in advance. If you're paying for your building project in stages, you should only be asked to pay upon each stage completion, and when you're happy with the standard of the work that's been accomplished.
At the conclusion of the project there should be a final inspection of the work involving the client and the builder to ensure that all work has been completed satisfactorily and a snagging list compiled, if necessary. A snagging list is a means by which a builder can fix any small issues found at the termination 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 purpose of picking fault with the work, but is undertaken to deal with any concerns over the outcome of the building project and the means by which to correct them. The final payment for the job can be made once any snags have been put right, site waste has been removed (if part of the contract) and all work has been completed.
It is regrettable that many construction projects turn sour due to poor communication between builder and customer. If you happen to identify a problem, or something you'd like to alter during the project, chat with your builder right away. If you've got good communication with your builder you're less likely to wait for the "right" time to speak with them, especially since the longer an issue is left, the more complicated it is to rectify.
It is possible that you'll be living and in close contact with the building company on a daily basis for a period of time. Having trust and confidence in you Hove builder's experience, qualifications and skills can make this extra stress that little bit easier to bear. Any accreditations, qualifications and memberships held by your building company from trade associations can help to reassure you.
There are several organisations that offer project management training, building and construction skills and hands-on building courses for all levels of personnel. There are furthermore more than 30 associations offering membership schemes to highlight the skills and professionalism of the individual builders and for building companies. Some of the biggest construction industry schemes to keep an eye out for are:
The Federation of Master Builders - Many building companies and individual contractors at all skill levels will have affiliation with the FMB (Federation of Master Builders), and follow their guidelines and recommendations for the building industry. The benefits of using the services of an FMB affiliated builder are the guarantees and reassurances that this major trade body gives to its membership and their customers.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - To be able to work on any construction site or become employed by a building company, a person has to hold a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The CSCS card highlights a worker's qualifications, (Postgraduate Degree, Diploma, Degree and NVQ) in the construction industry along with their accreditation from the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam.
The different coloured CSCS cards instantly show the level of ability and responsibility the worker has. To gather more information on the CSCS scheme and the roles and responsibilities of the different card colours you can visit their website.
The Construction Industry Council - The CIC (Construction Industry Council) has in excess of 25,000 construction consultants and over 500,000 individual building professionals in its membership. The majority of those individuals with CIC membership have responsible and skilled roles in the construction industry, such as site managers, technical consultants and building company executives.
Building work can be undertaken in Hove and also in: Upper Beeding, Fulking, Patcham, Hangleton, Pyecombe, Portslade-by-the-Sea, Mile Oak, Preston, Stanmer, Small Dole, West Hove, Aldrington, Brighton, Falmer, Shoreham-by-Sea, Poynings, Portslade, Cliveden Close, Southwick, Denmark Villas, Fishergate, as well as in these postcodes BN3 1DD, BN3 1FF, BN3 1DH, BN3 1NA, BN3 1PJ, BN3 1AG, BN3 1NS, BN3 1FR, BN1 5LB, BN1 5LA. Locally based Hove building contractors will likely have the telephone dialling code 01273 and the postcode BN3. Click the "quote" banner or form to get specifics of builders in your area.
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