Builder Portsmouth Hampshire (PO1): With such a lot of builders and contractors to choose from in the Portsmouth area, it can be a difficult choice in picking the best one for your proposed building project. Do you need 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 the best Portsmouth building contractor for your assignment here are some helpful guidance and tips to set you on the right route.
Whatever the size of your building challenge; a full house build, a basement refurbishment, an extension to your house or even a garden wall, you want a qualified, reliable and professional Portsmouth building contractor to carry out the work. For starters you can try asking for recommendations from friends and neighbours. A builder who's good "by word of mouth" testimonials is one you should add to your list of possible companies to get an estimate from.
If there's no-one that can provide you with a decent endoresement or recommendation you will have to search for a trusted Portsmouth builder through industry experts. A list of reliable independent builders and building companies is held by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), who back each signed up member with guarantees and an insurance based warranty for any work that they do. If things happen to go wrong on a construction project, this peace of mind and insurance from the FMB can prove to be vital.
You will have to prepare a few things before asking a builder in Portsmouth for a quote. A precise quotation can only be prepared if you lay out in detail the scope and requirements of your building project. You could of course use a builder to oversee the management and planning of the project, but for more modest building jobs it's wise to have your requirements ready when you first get hold of a building contractor.
You should make photocopies of any architect's drawings or written design specifications and pass them on to the Portsmouth builders who you ask for a job quote. This way you are setting out your precise requirements from the start. As well as an itemised estimate the building contractor will also lay down an approximate timescale to complete the building works.
Quotations can differ significantly, however if there are one or two much cheaper than the rest you must get the builder to explain why this is so and to check that they have fully understood your requirements. As a prospective customer you are quite within your rights to ask for a convincing explanation and receive a break down of the estimated costs, and if the builder is unable to supply this it might be better to be safe than sorry and consider another company for the task.
Don't make a rash decision when selecting a building contractor in Portsmouth, or feel compelled into going for one in particular; a great rule is to hold back for 24 hours and read through all the quotes once more. A quote may not break down every aspect of the build, but there should be a checklist of stages in the build process, and you're trying to identify anything that wasn't included in the initial estimation. If there is no entry on your quote for rubble and building waste removal, for instance, you need to ask if this is included for no additional fee. Any building waste has to be disposed of properly and if it isn't included in the quotation you need to ask who is liable for the site clean-up on completion.
If you've a particular style or design you would like for any fittings and fixtures for your project in Portsmouth, these should also be priced for on the quote. This is something that ought to be made clear on your written summary that is given to the builders to allow them to source these accessories and make certain that they're included in the quote. If the estimate doesn't stipulate your accessories you may wind up with a cheaper option to cut costs.
So, you have made up your mind, you have a quotation that you're happy with and you've hired your chosen builder. A contract should be drawn up by the building firm to lay down details of the project. This contract should be unique to your building project and will deal with things like specific fittings or fixtures, responsibilities in clearing the site before work starts and on completion, the materials to be used and where to store them on site, and what will happen if there any complications or delays in the project. It should also detail any agreed warranty period and what the guarantee covers in respect of materials and building work.
If you've agreed on a payment method, this should also be included in the contract. It is entirely possible that you could be asked for a small deposit, however don't pay any significant sums of money before the work starts. Bigger construction projects are usually paid for in stages, and you will only pay on the completion of each stage when you're happy that the stage has been carried out successfully.
A final inspection should be made between the client and builder and any items that need to be put right, or things missed throughout the building phase should be documented. The list should be handled with a common sense approach from both parties, and observe the formal contract that was signed at the start of the project. Each side needs to be open to the other's viewpoint and be willing to put forward a solution so that everyone can feel pleased with the building works completion. The final payment for the job should be made once all work has been completed, site waste has been removed (if included in contract) and any snags have been put right.
Good communication between you and the builder is vital to keep a building project running smoothly. If there's something you want to change, or you see an issue coming to light you need to have a word with the building contractor as soon as possible. If you've got good communication with your builder you are less inclined to wait around for the "right" time to talk to them, especially as the longer a problem is left to fester, the harder it is to rectify.
You could on a daily basis be living in close contact and for some time with your building team if the project is a substantial one. Having confidence and trust in you Portsmouth builder's skills, qualifications and experience can mean that this extra stress is a little bit easier to handle. You can do this by checking out your building company's affiliations and memberships of trade associations, and enquiring about precisely what experience and qualifications their workforce has.
There are a number of professional organisations that provide project management training, building and construction skills and practical building courses for all levels of personnel. There are also more than thirty associations offering membership schemes to highlight the skills and professionalism of building companies and individual builders. Some of the most trusted construction industry schemes to keep an eye out for are:
The Federation of Master Builders - As previously mentioned, the Federation of Master Builders is a leading trade association that sets industry standards in the construction trade for personnel at all levels. The benefits of employing an FMB affiliated building contractor are the guarantees and reassurances that this leading trade association offers to its members and their clients.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - To be able to work on any building site or seek employment by a builder, a person must hold a card under the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme). To obtain a CSCS card a person first has to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam and produce documentary evidence of their qualifications and expertise in the construction industry.
There are a number of different coloured cards included in the CSCS scheme, with each pinpointing a different ability or qualification level of the holder. To gather more information on the CSCS scheme and the roles and responsibilities of the different card colours you could pop along to their website.
The Construction Industry Council - The CIC (Construction Industry Council) is the largest of the building industry's trade associations with over 25,000 construction consultants and more than 500,000 building professionals listed amongst its members. The CIC represents management level individuals and highly skilled technicians such as building site managers, designers and technical consultants.
Building work can be carried out in Portsmouth and also nearby in: Emsworth, Milton, Havant, Cosham, Eastney, Fareham, Drayton, Lee on the Solent, Purbrook, Copnor, Southsea, Widley, Hayling Island, Porchester, Hilsea, Fratton, Alverstoke, Gosport, as well as in these postcodes PO1 1DE, PO1 1PJ, PO1 1NF, PO1 1NL, PO1 1QL, PO1 2DG, PO1 2AF, PO1 1LD, PO1 1LB, PO1 1DU. Locally based Portsmouth builders will likely have the telephone code 023 and the postcode PO1. Click the "quote" banner to get information on builders in your location.
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There are a wide array of tasks that can be conducted by local Portsmouth builders including underpinning Portsmouth, structural alterations, eco-building services, loft conversion, canopy installation, wooden staircases, damp control in Portsmouth, building prices, garage construction in Portsmouth, new builds & rebuilds, garden rooms Portsmouth, underfloor insulation in Portsmouth, garage extensions, listed/period building works, building services Portsmouth, disability access installations, timber framed buildings in Portsmouth, restaurant fitting in Portsmouth, kitchen installation, commercial construction, landlord building services, domestic construction in Portsmouth, metal staircases, cavity wall insulation, pub/bar fitting, steel fabrication, and lots more.
In Hampshire you'll also locate: Abbotts Ann builders, Otterbourne builders, Shawford builders, Southwick building contractors, Ashurst building contractors, Wickham building contractors, Stubbington builders, West End building contractors, Owslebury building companies, Over Wallop builders, Clanfield building firms, Romsey builders, Netley Marsh building contractors, Clanfield building companies, Southsea building firms, Dibden building companies, Barton on Sea building companies, Bentley building companies, Hursley building companies, Ashurst building companies, Whitehill building companies, Woolton Hill building contractors, Tadley builders, Petersfield builders, Marchwood builders, Rownhams building contractors, Bordon builders, Eversley builders, Bramley building companies, Eversley building companies.
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Building Around Portsmouth
Over the past twelve months extensions were built in the following Portsmouth streets: Collington Crescent, Buckingham Green, Aldsworth Close, Clock Street, Beehive Walk, Buriton Street, Bromyard Crescent, St Swithuns Road, Cromer Road, Bevis Road, Telford Road, Samuel Road, Clacton Road, Broad Street, Connaught Road, Bosham Road, Claybank Road, Shorehaven, Beecham Road, Arran Close, Almondsbury Road, Beaulieu Road, Bodmin Road, Coverack Way, Chalkpit Road, Dover Road, Sheringham Road, Sheffield Road, Balfour Road, and in these Hampshire postcodes: PO1 1DE, PO1 1PJ, PO1 1NF, PO1 1NL, PO1 1QL, PO1 2DG, PO1 2AF, PO1 1LD, PO1 1LB, PO1 1DU.
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