It is crucial to the success of your home improvement or maintenance project to select a reputable tradesman or builder. The following advice is intended to guide the homeowner through the process of selection to ensure that the homeowners experience is a happy one.
It is likely that the proposed builder will have experience in his field from working on similar projects to yours in the same local area. So ask neighbours and other tradesmen if you know any if they have some knowledge of the proposed builder. An established builder will possibly be working locally to some extent and therefore will wish to maintain or build up their reputation locally. This is a good assurance that the builder will probably seek to do a good job for you and seek to gain follow on referrals as a result of your job.
It is not always necessary as there are builders who have very good all round skills but you may wish to seek a tradesman with specialist experience of your project type. Such a tradesman will be able to understand more easily important issues such as specifications, materials and project scheduling necessary to meet deadlines
A local tradesman or builder will have more practical knowledge of local properties and issues relating to them.. Issues such as structural knowledge and local materials and construction of homes in and around yours. Generally, the more familiar a builder is with a style and type of home construction the better they can deal will problems that may arise. A local builder should also be able to offer advice on products and materials available locally.
Customer focussed service
Talk to your tradesman or builder about any issue relating to the project - they should listen to and understand your needs and concerns and help ease any concerns you may have.. In discussing costs your builder should also be able to advise you on ways to undertake the project to meet your budget.
Good communication is a key component in a successful customer/contractor relationship. Not only in terms of the customer/builder interaction but also ensure that you have a means to communicate effectively like telephone, email and fax. You may wish to prioritise your decision to hire a builder on issues of good communication and customer focus as these are key elements in the professional relationship and ultimately the success of the project. Your selected tradesman should be communicative and professional.
Good, reputable home improvement builders and tradesmen are essential to the success of your home improvement and maintenance project and will ensure that your project will be delivered on schedule, on budget and to an agreed specification. Choose builders and tradesmen with correct professional accreditations, insurances and references. Ask to see photos of past work and references from previous customers in your area and for similar project types.
As we always say, if your home improvement or maintenance project is undertaken by an unqualified builder or without a written contract then you may experience problems. Using a reputable tradesmen source like www.homepromatch.com will ensure that you connect with qualified and insured kitchen and bathroom fitters, rated and recommended by other local homeowners.
Take the time to review tradesmen reviews and ratings and meet the tradesmen before you make your choice. A little care taken at this time will pay dividends and reduce the possibility of you experiencing contractor problems. Decide on a specification and timescale and draw up a works contract with terms agreed between yourself and your contractor that you are comfortable with.
An experienced trade professional, Nigel Beswick writes home improvement and maintenance articles for http://www.homepromatch.com
http://www.homepromatch.com is an online resource connecting homeowners with vetted and customer recommended home improvement tradesmen and builders throughout the UK.
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