Choosing the best builder in Peterborough for your project can be tricky. We have all seen those programs about cowboy builders on TV and you just don’t know which Peterborough builder you can trust. When you use the services of a builder you are not only putting your trust in them. You are giving them your hard earned savings and hoping they can make your dream home become a reality.
There are lots of highly skilled and professional builders out there that you can trust, like the team here at Allbright Property Maintenance for example. We have put together some things you might like to consider when choosing the best builder for your project.
Take the time to find out about their background. Make sure you know how long they have been in business and where they are based. It’s a good idea to check out their website for work they have completed recently. Check out their gallery or ask for photos of projects they have completed that are similar to the building requirements you have.
Find out how the builder wants you to pay. If they take all the cash up front only, then this should be a huge alarm bell for you. Find out what their payment terms are, how much the deposit is and when the last payment is required. Is the builder VAT registered? Think about the quote to. You want to work with a property maintenance company that will give you a detailed quotation which includes drawings and specifications. This way you know exactly what you are paying for – so there are no nasty surprises and hidden costs later n the project.
Schedule & Timing
It’s important that you know when you can expect the work to start and in what order the project will be completed. If you know what parts of your home can and can’t be used through the project then you can work round it. It’s also a good idea to check the availability of the builder. If they can’t start until summer 2032, then you may want to look elsewhere.
Ask the builder what trade standards, qualifications and certifications they hold. If they are part of a considerate builder scheme, for example, then you know they will be kind and considerate to you and your neighbours. If they are members of a trade body, you will know you are in safe and trusted hands. It’s important to check the builder has full liability insurance too.
Any builder can make up testimonials and put them on their website, or ‘forget’ to share reviews that are not good. However, review sites will tell you what customers really think of their work. Check out the reviews for the company all over the internet, not just on their website. This way you can gain a real understanding of what you can expect from the builder in Peterborough.
For your peace of mind you want to know that if something goes wrong, you can get hold of them. If they only have a mobile number and email for their contact details, this should be something you should be wary of. Ideally you want a builder that has a permanent base or office for example. A landline number and mobile number is a good sign. If the builder is a registered company then this is a good sign too.
If you’re looking for a builder that you can trust for your next project, give us a call.