Builders and tradesmen. Finding the right professional for you.
Good, reputable home improvement builders and tradesmen are essential to the success of your home improvement and maintenance project and will ensure that your project will be delivered on schedule, on budget and to an agreed specification.
Choose builders and tradesmen with correct professional accreditations, insurances and references. Ask to see photos of past work and references from previous customers in your area and for similar project types.
Choosing a professional builder allows you to benefit from held tradesmen insurances and the setting of a small works contract. A builder or tradesmen who does not accept working to a contract if requested to do so or cannot provide proof of adequate insurances is worth avoiding.
A good home improvement contractor will be able to advise you on the more important aspects of your project and help you avoid the common pitfalls experienced by an average home DIY ‘r or enthusiastic amateur.
Your builder will be able to provide design and material options with you that are specific to the home improvement trade they specialise in and offer impartial advice gained from, often, many years of experience. They will probably be able to obtain such materials at trade prices, passing on savings to you. They will be used to liaising with your architects and designers if you have them to ensure the smooth transition of the project from drawing board to completion.
Whether your builder may have his own dedicated team of tradesmen or select from a pool of sub contractors he knows and trusts according to the project type and complexity. A sub contractor will need to carry the reputation of the main contractor so this should ensure that the right people are chosen. In either case your builder will effectively project manage the specialist work, ensure the workmanship and take control of payments to them on your behalf.
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An experienced trade professional, Nigel Beswick writes home improvement and maintenance articles for www.homepromatch.com
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