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Choosing the Right Construction Company

So the inside of your home is now up to date. The place is a palace on the inside, but the exterior no longer does it justice. Now might be the time to consider that external renovation to add the finishing touch in creating your dream home.

Things to look for when trying to choosing the right company
  1. Certification. Do they have the necessary certifications? i.e. Federation of Master Builders Trust Mark certificates. Have their other tradesmen got the relevant certifications such as the plumbers corgi registered. Are the staff qualified? All these are signs of a good company.
  2. Portfolio. Do they have an online portfolio that demonstrates their work? This will allow you to really gain an understanding as to how they handle work and see the results for yourself. Take a look at the portfolio and then ask questions about it. Are they happy to answer these questions? If yes then that is another sign of a trustworthy company.
  3. Testimonials/Referrals. What have their existing customers had to say about it. Find out who they have done previous work for. If you know or can contact these clients then do so, this first hand information will be the most valuable of all.
  4. Quotations. Are their quotes precise and honest? When receiving a quotation a trusted building company will guide you through every aspect. They will give you prices up front and explain how you may run up extra costs etc. If the quotes are vague, as with the clichéd “umming and ahing” stereotypical of the cowboys then it’s probably a bad sign.
  5. Presentation. How does the company present itself? Do they have a professional looking brand/logo. Do they have multiple staff members? Are they well equipped? All good signs.
  6. Approachability. How approachable are the team? Are they happy to speak to you over the phone and face to face? Do they answer questions honestly and accurately? It’s common sense, we all have the ability to judge character and as somebody you will be investing your hard earned money in, you have to make sure you can trust them.

We all know the damage that can come from not choosing a reputable construction company. For whatever reason, you may end up with a cowboy in your midst and in this case, it’s more than likely that you will not be pleased with the end result. However, if you take care and consider the above you won’t go far wrong.

Just in case, here are a few extra warning signs that you are dealing with a cowboy
  1. Hand written receipts and documents, all vague (not a definite sign, but still worth noting.)
  2. Tries to convince you to pay cash. (Whether at discounted charge or to avoid VAT.)
  3. Tries to avoid giving references.
  4. Claims to have worked with reputable firms but either has no proof or is vaguely linked.
  5. Refuses to sign contracts for whatever reason.

Always be vigilant when looking for a contractor to take on your work, if you follow these guidelines and keep your wits about you then you will get the work you want doing to the standard you want it.

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5 tips on Choosing the Right Contractor for your Build

Whenever you are searching for a building and renovations company for your home renovation in Yorkshire or perhaps home extension in Yorkshire, you can grow pretty bewildered in searching for the right person for the job. I bet you are feeling frustrated that your dream house is on hold, not to worry, we feel your pain. It is essential to find a great construction company that is local and can get the job done as fast as humanly possible. Here are a few tips on how to identify and opt in for a great contractor following these 5 simple steps.

1. Use the internet, it’s your friend.

While it is not completely essential in searching for a local contractor, it can help speed up the process in finding a highly rated tradesmen qualified for the job. Using online directories are also a good approach in deciding on the best company in your area, but most construction companies usually refer their services by word of mouth.

2. Get at least 3 quotes.

The cheapest quote is not necessarily the best in terms of value, you need to consider the workload, materials, time etc. To ensure that you are getting the right price for the quality of work, you need quotes. Contractors can give you a quote on a build for free, from these you can assess which one is within your budget. If a quote seems blown out of proportion, don’t go for it, in some cases contractors will think you haven’t done your homework and quote you higher, we recommend you have a look around before you make your final decision.

3. Ask for credentials

So you now have your desired quote and are ready for your contractor to go ahead with the build. Before you do, make sure that this particular contractor has a good reputation and has worked professionally with previous owners. We recommend you ask for referrals, these will further reinforce their expertise and integrity for the project. If they don’t have any, then this is when you should be worried, we strongly advise you not to go ahead if they don’t provide you with any referrals.

4. Look out for signs of cowboy builder syndrome

We see horror stories on TV about builders that do shoddy work then demand extortionate prices or even in some cases leave without finishing the job. These programmes do look at the extreme cases, but most builders are very up front and honest about their trade, but if you are aroused by any suspicion, then do not be afraid to confront them as soon as possible. One of the main tell-tale signs is that the builders are not associated with any real national trade association or not accredited to any relevant organisation, have no identification or ask for cash payments in advance. Ask them questions about their company, the experience of their workers and how many projects they are currently working on, information like this will give you more of an idea of who they really are.

5. Good management of materials.

A good contractor can estimate the right amount of materials needed, thus reducing the amount of extra materials not used in the build. They also give a detailed description of every material they are proposing to work with on a given project.

Wintek Construction know that your dream house entails a tremendous amount of time and expense, but we can help you determine a proper evaluation and expertise to deliver high quality building work, as a building company in Bradford, West Yorkshire, we look forward to the challenge in building your dream home.

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