HENLEY-ITES tend to be pretty savvy when it comes to improving their properties. They know the
HENLEY-ITES tend to be pretty savvy when it comes to improving their properties. They know the questions to ask when looking to employ a tradesperson. But to recap, the Federation of Master Builders has this list:
There’s nothing better than a recommendation from a friend or family member who’s had building work done. FMB members are checked and inspected at the point of joining, and can offer you a warranty on your work.
PREPARE A BRIEF
This is your project so make sure you get exactly what you want. Produce a written brief, including detailed drawings where possible, and give a copy to each builder who quotes.
GET QUOTES IN
Ask at least three builders to quote on your job and don’t just go with the cheapest. Look at the breakdown of costs.
Read the quotes carefully and check that they include everything you want, including the removal of rubbish, site waste and the specification of any fixtures and fittings.
TALK TO PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS
Most reputable traders will be more than happy to show off their previous work and while you’re there you can get a personal reference from a satisfied customer. Review sites such as www.trustatrader.com may also prove useful when looking for a tradesman.