Your house is your home. It’s a place that’s truly yours where you can feel at peace, but maybe there’s room for improvements. You might have spent countless hours picturing your dream home, drawing inspiration for a brand new conservatory to chill in, office to work from or that kitchen extension that will finally make your house perfect. When it comes to going ahead with constructional changes on your property, you want to make sure it’s done right, after all, this is your dream house we’re talking about. Now that you have saved up your hard-earned cash, it’s finally time to breath life into your new project, but don’t let the excitement sweep you off your feet too quickly. There is still a lot that you will need to think about and consider before going ahead with construction, like who exactly is going to build this thing? Unless you’re an experienced builder, you’re going to need to hire some help to make your dreams come true.
When it comes to hiring a contractor, there are some significant things to keep in mind. While you may be scared of dealing with cowboy builders who will turn your dream into an unexpected nightmare, the issues are more complex than just good or bad contractors. It’s up to you to make sure that you are informed about the project, and can make sensible decisions to avoid running into any nasty surprises down the line. At the end of the day, you remain responsible for how the project turns out.
You’re placing a lot of trust into your chosen contractor as not only will you be paying them thousands of pounds, but they will be required to come into your home to get the work done. It’s important that you have a good relationship with your contractor to ensure that your project runs smoothly. A good relationship doesn’t mean that you have to be pals, but respect and communication are essential. By communicating issues early on, confusion and misunderstandings are minimised. Be clear with your contractor on what exactly you expect from the project, but remember that changes can happen. Unanticipated factors will likely come into play and these can alter the outcome of your project.
Before handing over your precious money to the first contractor you find, you need to make sure you have chosen the best fit for you. Make sure to get bids from several contractors to get a clear idea of appropriate pricing while ensuring that you’re not overpaying. By shopping around, you get a much better idea of the range of services different contractors have to offer.
With so much to think about and consider when hiring a contractor, it can get a little overwhelming. Luckily for those of you planning some work on your homes, we have compiled a handy checklist making sure that you as a homeowner are fully informed to make decisions, understand the risks and know how to behave appropriately when working with contractors.