How do you know you have found the right builder for your project?

When presented with an overwhelming choice of local builders, how do you separate the exceptional ones from the rest of the pack?

Your building experience should be one that is valued long after the project is completed.

Here are some handy tips to help you ensure you have found the right builder to work with:

Firstly, you need to ensure that you ask your builder the right types of questions. Initial questions upfront like:

-       Are you a qualified builder? – ask to check their licence.

-       What is your building process? Do you have one?

-       Do you have the right insurances in place?

-       Do you charge for your proposals?

-       How can you ensure that the proposal I am given covers all areas of my project and that there are no nasty hidden surprises at the end? Is the price the actual price it is going to cost me?

-       How do you handle a variation?

-       Do you have a team of qualified tradesman to work on my project?

-       Who will be in charge of my project?

These are just a few questions that can be used during those initial stages.

The next and most important step is to make sure that you feel comfortable and that you can develop a good connection / trusting relationship with the builder you select.

Questions you need to ask yourself include questions like:

-       Can I communicate / talk with this builder?

-       Do I feel they understand me and have listened to what it is I want to    achieve?

-       Do I feel I can trust this person?

-       Do they understand the purpose of this project?

-       Do I feel they genuinely care about what it is that I want?

-       Have they taken the time to understand my goals and concerns for my project?

-       Have the re-assured me that they are the right person for the job?

The decision to undertake a building project is one of the biggest investments and decisions you will ever make.

Therefore, when you are looking for the right builder, make sure you take the time to ask the right questions.