Now that the harsh British winter is almost over, many UK homeowners are thinking about planning some improvements, which would likely involve hiring a local contractor. Dealing with builders can be hit and miss, and in order to ascertain whether they are the right people for the job, here are some questions to ask any potential home improvement contractor.
- “How Long Have you Been in Business?” This will give you a clear idea of what to expect in terms of the quality of the workmanship, and whether looking for a building company in Tipton or Tamworth, the same applies.
- “Can you Provide Me with Some Customer Testimonials?” Any reputable builder would have a long list of happy customers, and take the time to actually check out these recommendations by visiting the address and talking to the homeowner.
- “Do you Guarantee your Work?” This is important and most builders would offer a reasonable warranty on their work, which gives you peace of mind.
- “Are there Options?” Sometimes there is more than one way to complete a job, and in such a case, the builder should make you aware of all available options. It might be that the builder recommends a specific material, or a specific method, and he should be unbiased when advising you.
- “Can you Match a Lower Price I was Quoted?” In some cases, if you produce a written quote with a lower price, the contractor will match this, although there is a risk of inferior materials is the builder has to drop his price. You must be reasonable, and if the builder can justify his quote, then you should accept that.
Price should never be the deciding factor when hiring a builder, as choosing the cheapest is often not the way to go.