Choosing the right building company

Extensions in Formby, Merseyside

You need to make the right choice when it comes to choosing the right building company for you.  With so many companies vying for your business, it’s essential that you do some research to make sure you pick the best company.

Online searches, general enquiries, word of mouth recommendation and general marketing can be good ways to find your next contractor. In order to get someone you can develop a relationship with it will be better to delve further.

We have compiled some useful tips on how to choose your next builder. So read further to make your first steps in shaping your dream home.

  • In the early stages of looking for a contractor conduct research by searching online. Doing this, you can look for companies that are local to you. Examine their portfolios and customer reviews to get a good understanding of them. Speaking to friends and family who have already had similar work completed is also an excellent early indicator of the standards set by the contractors, so advice from them is well worth considering.
  • Once you have managed to get together a shortlist, you would then need to obtain quotations. You will need to have a brief prepared as this is your project. Having a firm idea of what you want from work undertaken will be essential. The company you choose will need to visit the property and survey the project to give you a free quote. A good project manager will consult with you about what is possible in order to reach your house goals.

During your meetings you will need to get as much information in writing as can be provided, you should ask about;

  • Site maintenance
  • Clearance
  • Material supplies
  • Time-scales
  • Costs
  • Disruption

You will also need to ask for confirmation as to whether planning permission is required and if they will need to apply for Building Regulations approval.  Having a healthy relationship with your contractor is very important, so you want a professional yet personable rapport. You need to have sharp lines of communication.

  • After meeting with a list of possible contractors you should have narrowed your search. A good building contractor will show you other sites and jobs that they have completed, so you should visit other properties, notably ones with similar work. When site visiting make sure to pay attention to the craft and take note of things you like and dislike. Discuss whether this can be translated to your property and bring up any issues that you may not like.
  • When you are discussing costs, you will need to agree when and how you will pay.  For example, ‘stage’ payments when specific tasks are completed. Some contractors may require payment upfront for materials, however, make sure you pay when the materials are on-site.

Choosing the right contractor can seem daunting, but knowing what you want and developing a good professional relationship you can make your decision easy.  Following the steps laid out should lead you to find your perfect contractor one that you can trust and work with to create your dream home.


Celsius Home Improvements could be the company for you

100% of customers who answered our satisfaction survey said they would recommend us to a friend, and as mentioned earlier reviews and previous customer satisfaction can be a crucial indicator when securing your next building company. You can see further accreditation for our work from our online reviews on CheckaTrade and our testimonial page here.
At Celsius, we have the largest showroom in Merseyside so feel free to visit us to help make your decision. We are open 8 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday.
We offer free no obligation quotes, all you need to do is call 0151 545 1400 and speak to a member of our team to organise a surveyor to visit your home at a time suited to you.

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