June 23, 2009

How to Find a Trustworthy Builder

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When you need any type of construction work done on your home or business, you’ll want to know that you are getting the highest quality work possible. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way, especially if you don’t ensure that you hire a trustworthy builder.

Here are some tips to help you find a trustworthy builder so that the end result is high quality, and what you expect.

  • If you know someone, such as a friend or neighbour that has had some work done recently, you can always ask him or her if they would recommend the builder that they used. If someone you trust recommends a builder, then you can be confident that the builder is probably trustworthy.
  • When you find a builder that you are interested in hiring, ask them for any references that they may have, but don’t stop there, make sure that you actually check these references.
  • You may also ask if it is possible to view any of the builder’s past work; if you can go on location to see there work, you can also ask their clients how satisfied they were with the builder.
  • Another tip would be to check and see if the builder is a member of a reputable trade organization, such as the Federation of Master Builders. This is a large trade organization that represents approximately 13,000 small, and medium builders. The Federation of Master Builders encourages a high standard of work from their members.
  • When getting bids for your project, it is a good idea to keep in mind that the least expensive builder may not always be your best option. Always get at least three quotes for the project, and try to avoid the lowest bid, especially if it is significantly lower. Often if a builder bids much lower than their competitors they, will need to cut corners in order to complete the job.
  • The same consideration must be given for the estimated completion date; if one builder says they can get it done much quicker than the others, you will have to wonder why they would be able to do this. Again, they could be cutting corners, which is not the best option for your project.
  • Don’t deal in cash jobs, even if it seems tempting in order to save money. It’s too easy to get scammed this way.
  • Always make sure that you have a written contract that spells out what is to be done, and for what price; additionally, make sure that you get a warranty that is backed by insurance.
  • Never pay a very large deposit to the builder before the work has started. The average deposit is about 10 percent. It is also a good idea to make sure that your contract spells out that the payment for the work will be done in installments, as the job is completed.

If you take some time to research your options, it is not too difficult to find a trustworthy builder.

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