Having building work completed – what do you need to know?

Building work is often not cheap and it can be a lengthy and invasive process. Bearing all of this in mind, you need to reduce the chances of any other stress being added. If you are thinking of having building work completed, you need to think carefully about what you need to know beforehand and what research you may have to undertake.

One of the most important things to consider is that you need to find a reputable professional to sign a building contract with. You will obviously have a budget in mind but it’s important to remember that cheapest is not always the best. If you know someone who has had building work completed lately, ask them about their experiences and whether they would recommend to the builder. You should also take a look at independent reviews and only choose a builder who is fully trained and insured.

Research you need to do before building work


Of course, there are things you need to consider before you even get to the stage of choosing a builder. It’s all very well having an idea of the building work you want to have done but that is not enough for the work to be able to commence. You need to check if you are legally permitted to do the work and get planning permission where necessary. You may also want to check on the conditions of the area where the building work is to be done, in order to reduce the chance of problems occurring later on.

Do not forget that this applies to what lies underground as well. If you have a CCTV inspection completed, you can see the drainage and pipe system. This enables any blockages or damage to be identified and can also be useful for builders to take a look at. Once you have done any necessary research, there are questions you need to ask any builder you are thinking of hiring.

Questions you need to ask a builder


Once you have selected a reputable builder, you should make a list of questions you want to ask before you sign a contract. These questions could include:

  • Is the price guaranteed?
  • What is covered by any builder’s insurance?
  • When is money due to be paid (generally you should pay a smaller amount up front and part way through the work, with the remainder due on completion).
  • What happens if there are any unexpected delays?

These are not the only questions you should ask, but they are important ones. Remember, you should make sure you are completely happy with everything that has been discussed before you sign any contract.

Having building work completed can be a stressful experience but there are things you can do to help reduce that stress as much as possible. Hopefully, we have given you an idea of some of these things you should consider to help make any building work much easier to deal with.

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