Talk to friends and family members about the builders they’ve used in the past and check their credentials. Does the company have accreditation? Does it have a checkable history? Can it offer an insurance-backed warranty on new builds or on loft conversions? Does the business have a suitable level of public liability insurance to cover accidental damage?
DJT Builders (Oxfordshire) Ltd provides customers in Brackley with NHBC warranties and operate with employers and public liability coverage to a total value of £5m.
Understand the Project
Know exactly what you want from home extensions and property renovations, and look at the different styles of loft conversions most builders can create before you start searching the Brackley area for a suitable company. You could even create your own project brief with some basic drawings and give a builder a copy to work with when they visit your property.
You might want to include a layout for facilities in a new kitchen if you have an interest in property extensions, or maybe roof lights or Velux windows for loft conversions.
Talk to Multiple Builders
Don’t rely on a single builder just to save yourself time and money. There’s every chance that rushing things will cost you more in both further down the line. Talk to at least three different builders and get a quotation from each one. Keep in mind that some might specialise in home extensions, property renovations or another service you actually need.
Always be wary of any builder in Brackley who says they can build property extensions or loft conversions at a fraction of the price their competitors charge. Ask how they can bring the job in at such a low rate without cutting corners when they come to start the project.
Analyse the Quotation
First and foremost, quotes for home extensions, property renovations and loft conversions should be cost and obligation-free. Always be wary of any builder who tries to impose a charge on the job before you have the chance to analyse the quotation and reach an agreement on the work involved. Thankfully, very few builders in Brackley will ever do this.
Make sure the quote includes everything from the cost of materials and the labour to the removal of waste from your property. If you don’t question the absence of these factors immediately, you could face additional bills for purchases or for future waste management.
Previous Projects and Customers
The best advertisement for a builder is a referral from a satisfied customer. Any builder with satisfied customers will want to show off their work. Ask to see the company’s previous property extensions, renovations and conversions, either in Brackley or somewhere you can travel to in the nearby area. Alternatively, ask the builder to pick you up and take you there.
The best way to assess the finished workmanship of any tradesmen is to see it with your own eyes, and to speak to the previous customer about their own service experience.