A dodgy cowboy building contractor, is everyone’s worst nightmare whether it is at home or in the workplace, so finding the “right one” not just the first one has to be a priority.
How do you know if it is the right building contractor? What questions to ask? The list of considerations in choosing a building contractor goes on and on; from experience, past projects, insurance, legal, planning, warranties and financial – the last thing you want is the contractor going bust part way through the building of your new building or extension.
The cheapest tender is not always the best value; a well designed and well built building will hold its value better in the long term.
Consider appointing a professional property project manager or property developer to oversee the project; they are used to dealing with all the questions and problem solving that arise in a building project, and can help you select a building contractor.
Building contractors will normally happily engage at an early stage of the process and can recommend materials or changes to architects sometimes overly fancy designs prior to planning process – this will save money and provide the same building. This value engineering and build ability appraisal is one of the most important areas to consider; and is exactly what a professional property developer would do.
Once building works have started, do not make changes to the design or the contract – this will cost dearly and ultimately delay the project.