Are you completing renovation work or refurbishments on a property that you own? It’s important to approach this the right way. Here's how to avoid problems and find a reputable builder.
For a landlord, health and safety should be the first priority. Choosing a building contractor with high standards of health and safety who are also certified by a nationally recognised Safe Contractor will avoid poor workmanship that could be a danger to the builders and a threat to the people living there. Property owners will also need to consider how the work will affect the value of the property. Poor renovation work will reduce the value of the property and in the event make it harder to sell.
So, how do you find the right builder for the job?
Look At Reviews
More than 80% of people researching companies and products online will now check reviews. This is a smart choice because you don't have to believe the marketing of the business itself. You need to explore unbiased opinions. That’s exactly what reviews allow you to do.
Google is the best place to start when exploring reviews. However, you can take a look at websites and resources like Yelp too. If you do this, you’re sure to find the information you need.
Check Their Portfolio
You need to make sure that you are looking at work that the builder has previously completed. They should have a portfolio of recently complete refurbishment projects and this needs to be easily accessible.
Usually, you will find the portfolio of work on their business website. If you are meeting them in person, then they should be able to present this to you. Make sure that you follow up with the references provided. Again, you don't necessarily need to take a builder at their word.
Make sure that the work they have completed matches what you need and reflects the level of quality that you want.
Ask About Awards
Some of the better builders will have won awards for the jobs that they have completed. This might include anything from awards for exceptional levels of customer service to an award for a particular refurbishment of building project that they completed. The trick here is to make sure that you know what the award is and when they received it. If it was more than five years ago, the quality of their work may not be the same.
Builders will typically advertise award wins on their website and it is also here that you are also going to find information about their standards of service and health and safety.
Check The Guarantees
You need to know where you stand when you choose a builder for property maintenance and refurbishment. The first aspect to consider is insurance. It’s vital that you select a company that is going to provide you with full insurance coverage. If the business can’t guarantee that the building work will be insured then you should consider another contractor.
The builder should also provide you with information about what will happen if the work does not meet your expectations or if your requirements aren’t met. How will this be dealt with and what can you expect in terms of support?
Ideally, you should find a builder that will continue to work until you are completely satisfied with the results provided.
If you would like further advice or have a property renovation or refurbishment project that you'd like to discuss please contact Lee West Builder and I'd be very happy to help.
Lee West has a wealth of experience managing and refurbishing high class properties in London. He has been the lead contractor in many prestigious buildings such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Chelsea Royal Free Hospital, House of Parliament, Kew Gardens and many more.