When it comes to repairs, maintenance, extensions or building projects, many homeowners and project managers feel that choosing a builder in Glasgow is akin to running along an edge with a drop beneath it. Get the right one and your project will fly; choose the wrong one, and you lose money as well as damaging your build.
With TV channels awash with documentaries that highlight the horrors of rogue builders, choosing a high quality, local builder throws people into a state of anxiety. How do you know you can trust a builder? How do you know they can deliver what they say they can? How do you check?
Here are some hints and tips on choosing a builder in Glasgow:
#1 At least three quotations
You will be advised time and time again to get at least three quotations for the work you want completing. If you note, when people tell stories of horror builders, there is one commonality – in many cases, they accepted the first quote they were given, and work started immediately.
A good quality builder or building company will give you a comprehensive quote AND also tell the earliest they can schedule the work. This means they have other customers and other jobs to complete.
So, if the price seems a little low and they can start now/this afternoon/tomorrow, do yourself a favour and give yourself some breathing room.
And make sure the quote is not an ‘estimate in disguise’; estimates are moveable figures, usually in an upward direction.
#2 Recommendations and Reviews
Word of mouth and online reviews are a great way of getting the names and numbers of builders that have performed and completed jobs to a customer’s satisfaction. People will also tell you quite clearly who to avoid too!
A builder who has a good reputation will have been around for many years. This is true for small businesses or one-man businesses, as well as larger companies. Some people assume that by using a larger company they will get better service and skills but this isn’t always the case.
#4 How they prefer payment
Cash in hand isn’t always the best way forward and any builder who asks for the whole amount upfront is to be avoided. It is common for builders to ask for a certain amount upfront to buy materials and then part-payments through the process. If you are not happy with a certain aspect, you should be able to hold payment back so that the issue is rectified.
Follow these simple tips or contact us for a free quotation.