“Can you recommend a good builder?”

I get asked that question a lot.

Yes, yes I can, and usually I’m happy to.

BUT

If you’re looking to hire a builder recommendations are good, but you’ve got to do your own due diligence too. It’s your house, you’ve got to live there and its you that will suffer if you get this wrong.

There are 3 things I always say to anyone looking for a builder.

1) The cheapest price isn’t necessarily the best indicator of value.

You already know that. It stands for most things in life, and particularly so if your considering having building work done on your home.

For most people cost is going to be a major driver.

Of course it is.

But, as a rule, good builders aren’t cheap and cheap builders aren’t good.

That’s not to say that you should always disregard the cheapest quote, it might be that the lowest price DOES represent the best value, but you’ve got to check.

What is included? What isn’t included?

Which quote provides the best value?

2) You have to be comfortable on a personal level with the builder

Whoever you appoint to work on your home is going to be a BIG part of your life for a few months. You’ve GOT to be able to get on with them.

Its really important you get this one right.

Some people just don’t get on with some other people. Nobody’s fault, just a fact.

3) If they can start tomorrow don’t touch them with a barge pole!

That might not be entirely fair.

Sometimes, builders do find themselves at a loose end if a project they were due to start gets put back or cancelled. That happens, for sure.

BUT

Broadly speaking any decent builder should generally be booked up months in advance, so if they say they can start really soon, find out why!

Hope this has been helpful.

If you’re planning a building project do get in touch and see how we can help.