Once you have chosen us as your builder contractor, we recommend to put an agreement in writing, so both parties have a clear understanding of the scope and cost of the work.
The contract should detail exactly what work should be carried out, when it is to start and finish, the cost, broken down into instalments and when these should be paid.
The timescale is always important, so we are always working on time schedule.
Agree what constitutes a finished job (e.g. repaired and clean site).
If you don't think you can share your bathroom or kitchen with the builders in case the property is occupied; please let us know to make other arrangements in advance (e.g. hire of port-a-loo).
If you are staying on site, arrange for the builder to provide temporary kitchen or bathing facilities, if required.
Clear the area where the builders will be working - make sure clothes, books and furniture are out of the way. The builders may help you move heavy furniture. Furniture should be packed away or covered with dustsheets. Consider putting valuable items into storage.
Clear and protect any areas the builders may need for access, or agree that the builder does this as part of the building contract.
Check whether the builder intends to put up scaffolding over anyone else's land and ask their permission
Agree the location of the skip, which may need a licence and lights at night, when and where deliveries will be made and storage and security for builders’ tools.
Agree start and end times every day, with particular consideration for elderly neighbours and sleeping children.
Appoint a ’project manager’, who may be a paid third party or you or your partner. This person must keep regular contact with your builder and know when to be around for updates and decisions.
Never be rushed into a decision. A reputable builder will take time to discuss a decision you are unsure of.
Keep a written log of progress, changes and delays, which you can refer back to if problems arise.
Try not to change your mind during the job as it can add to costs, but if you do, make sure all changes are agreed in writing together with any additional costs incurred.
On completion, run through the work, refer back to the contract, make sure you are happy with the work, that the area has been cleared up and you have all relevant paperwork and certificates.
Once the builder has attended to the snagging list, any monies retained should be promptly paid.