UK Building Services Guide
If you are looking to do some home improvements, you will be aware that your home is most probably your most financially valuable asset. This is why it is important to find the right contractor for the job.
There are different categories of building contractors, so look into which type of professional you will need for your project.
General contractors manage all aspects of the project, from hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting the necessary building permits and scheduling inspections, including working with architects and designers.
Speciality contractors install particular products, for example bathroom fixtures.
Design/ build contractors provide a comprehensive service, seeing your project through from start to finish. Some firms have staff architects, some use certified designers.
One you have decided on which service you’re looking for, look for contractors who have specific experience in your field. Get several estimates and make sure to query price anomalies, and do not be tempted to just choose the cheapest- estimates are structured around all sorts of criteria, and you may simply be choosing inferior materials or a less qualified contractor.
The best way to find a reliable contractor to get referrals from people you know and trust, local homeowners who have recently had or are having building work done, and from the contractor’s previous clients. Reputable firms will provide you with references, and they should be followed up.
Finally, the best way to ensure that the work you are left with at the end of the project, and the bill, are closest to what you had in mind, is to be very specific about the job you want done at the beginning. The more detailed your specification, the smoother the whole process will run and the more you will feel in control.