Builders, general contractors, construction workers that specialise in building; there are many different titles you can give our Lancashire builders but the one thing that is constant is our commitment to produce top quality work.
If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing right. Our Lancashire builders ensure that the work you need doing is done properly by our local qualified and experienced tradesmen.
Building work, which can stretch from building garden walls to large extensions and beyond, does not come cheap? Why run the risk of employing someone who can't get you the end result you need yet is still happy to charge you for the privilege? Our Lancashire builders do it right. If you haven't worked with a builder before then this guide will help you understand the best way to approach the working relationship.
Hiring a builder. It is essential that you are happy with your choice of builder. Undertaking a building project, regardless of the size of the job can be an involved process so you need to know that you can trust your builder, are confident in their skills and qualifications and that you can communicate well with them.
Is your builder registered with the FMB? The Federation of Master Builders (FMD) is the largest UK association with deals with the building sector. It is a trade association and was establish to protect the interests of small and medium sized building firms.
The membership criterion includes a strict vetting process. As part of this process certain checks are made so that you can be sure that when you are employable a FMD member that you are employing someone who:
• Offers industry guarantees,
• Has been trading for at least three years
• Who has had their work (in progress) inspected
• Has adequate insurances
• Has signed up to the FMB Code of practice.
These are just some of the checks that are undertaken
Check your builder's references. Our Lancashire builders are proud of the work that they have undertaken. They welcome the questions that you should be asking to ensure that you are confident in your builder. Check references, listen to local recommendations and ensure that feedback received is relevant to the work that you require doing.
Get more than one quote before hiring. Lancashire builders not only produce first rate work but are confident that their pricing is competitive. If a quote is very cheap compared to others you have received then the chances are that is really is too good to be true. Obtain at least three different quotes to ensure that the prices you are being charge are industry standard. Also ask for a breakdown of how the quote was calculated. You should be fully aware of what you are paying for.
Check your builder has adequate public liability insurance. Building work that you have done can affect your home and contents insurance. It is imperative that you ensure your builder has adequate insurance before starting work. You can be confident that our Lancashire builders are all fully covered. We are firm believers in better safe than sorry!
Have everything in writing. Ensure that you have a contract with your builder detailing exactly what work needs to be done and that this matches up with the quote you have received. Confirm start and finish dates and agree to hold back a retention payment (usually 5% of the full amount owed) until the entire project has been completed and you are happy with the work. Don't pay up front unless a formal contract is in place.
Talk to your builder, arrange for regular updates to be given in a way that ensures you are kept up to date and that the builder can get on with the work in hand. If you have any concerns, refer back to the contracts and plans in place and make sure you discuss them.
Lancashire builders pride themselves on their professionalism, their skill and their customer service. Don't take risks when employing a builder, follow this guide and get in touch with us. You can be confident that we will produce top quality work.