Choosing a Builder

Choosing a Builder

When choosing a building contractor, you should consider a number of factors very carefully. If you employ the right contractor in terms of price, workmanship and reliability then the potential for problems during the build will be greatly reduced.

The following factors should be considered:

  • How long has the contractor been in business?
  • Do they have premises you can visit?
  • Are they a member of a trade association? Check that they have the membership and that the association is reputable.
  • Membership of the TrustMark scheme is a good indication of a firm’s reliability, as they have to have passed checks for membership.
  • Will the contractor agree to work under contract and will they agree to independent conciliation in the event of any dispute?
  • Ask to see copies of their insurance certificates, including employer’s liability, public liability and contracts works cover (which is a ‘must have’), in order to ensure that they are up-to-date.
  • Is the contractor competent in the area of Health & Safety?
  • Do they have a long list of testimonials from happy clients?
  • Do they have the capacity to handle your project?