Choosing Professionals For Your Self-Build
When taking on a self-build one of the most important decisions you will have to make is choosing the right contractors and professionals to work on your project. You may want to hire a single contractor to manage and implement the entire build or alternatively you can hire subcontractors for each stage of the project such as bricklayers, plumbers, electricians etc. No matter which of these approaches you go for, choosing professionals you can trust with your self-build is essential. So what can you do to ensure that you find the right professionals to work with?
Builder’s You Can Trust
Finding builders that you can trust and rely can be the most worrying aspect of a self-build project but there are ways to ensure that you find the best builders for the job. Word of mouth will always be a good way to find the best builders in your area or at least to weed out the cowboys. Where you get your word of mouth feedback is also important. Instead of listening to hearsay and gossip try talking to past clients who have actually worked with them through an entire build, if they give you a good report then you can be confident that they will be just as good for you.
Another method to finding the best builders to work with is to find reputable trade organisations and find out who their members are. If you only hire associated trade members then you shouldn’t go far wrong.
It’s important to agree the payment process before the build begins to avoid any misunderstandings or issues down the line. The payment of the builders usually falls into two categories, either a fixed price for the job or an hourly/daily rate. There is no right or wrong choice of pricing the job but you will probably find that most tradesmen prefer to work on a fixed price. Once you have agreed the price the next thing to do is put a contract in place to outline what’s required of both parties and to clearly set the terms of the payment so there can be no confusion at the end of the build.
Find A Surveyor
A new build will require a lot of planning and this is not an area that you want to guess at so it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional surveyor. Fortunately when searching for good surveyors is made a lot easier for you by the RICS (the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) which they should be a member of. All you have to do is ensure that any surveyor you speak is a member of this association and you should be able to trust in their ability to plan your build and act in a professional manner.
Consider An Interior Designer
This may be something that you haven’t yet considered but an interior designer can prove to be invaluable to a self-build project. Many of us struggle to visualise how each room should be laid out and decorated and this can become a huge burden to deal with along with overseeing the actual build. Hiring an interior designer can save you a lot of time, stress and even money in the long run as they will be able to source the best materials and fixtures for the entire house. When choosing an interior designer look out for one who can give you a free consultation and estimates of the costs of their designs. Again look for members of trusted associations such as the BIID (the British Institute of Interior Design) so you can be sure of hiring a professional and not an amateur dabbling in interior design.
Disclaimer – This is a guest blog written by a third party. This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Themack Architects.