Trust the Experts for Building Advice
Open Space Ltd has a wealth of experience in extending, converting and building homes in Central, West and South West London. We’ve made our clients’ dreams come true with our ability to offer a personal, friendly service with genuine project management and thorough communication at the forefront of everything we do.
Recently, we undertook our own research into how building companies are approaching homeowners and how they present themselves when estimating for a job. We were shocked.
So we’ve put together a checklist to help you avoid the pitfalls of working with some of the rogue tradesmen and dodgy builders we know are out there and ready to take your hard-earned cash.
- Reputation: What do you know about the company’s background? Are they specialists in what they do? How long have they been operating and what kind of work have they done previously? Choose a company that has been around long enough to have completed numerous projects of what you’re looking for. Do they belong to any trade associations? Do they provide guarantees of their work?
- What do their previous customers have to say about them? Any company worth their salt will happily pass you the contact details of clients they have previously worked for and maybe even arrange a site visit so you can see the results at first hand. Also check for online reviews and recommendations. You want to hear about timescales being met, great workmanship and fantastic communication.
- If you like the price, check the estimate. Again, again and again. There are some builders out there who are looking for quick and easy ways to make extra money whilst on a job. Although there are genuine issues that do crop up in any build or conversion, some unscrupulous companies purposely leave out essential work in their estimate knowing it will cost their customer more further down the line. Ask as many questions as you can think of, even if you think it may sound silly!
- Can you imagine working with the project manager? The key to a successful build is good communication and being able to trust the project manager, not least because if issues arise, they should be able to present options based on your budget and show their adaptability and understanding of you as a client.