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Whether you’re carrying out a small addition to your property, a complete renovation or building a new home or commercial building from the ground up – you’re gonna need a good builder on your side.

Let’s say you’ve chosen a company – and you’re excited about moving forward with your construction project – who isn’t? Naturally you expect good quality work to fit your budget delivered on time. So how do you make sure you get it?


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Well, here are the TOP 5 things you should expect from your builder that’ll help make your project run smoothly:

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  1. An accurate budget and timeline.

It’s always good to get a few quotes from different contractors – but the cheapest quote isn’t always best – or sometimes – even the cheapest. You have to compare apples with apples. To get quotes that you can really compare, you must give clear directions to each company so they’re bidding on the same thing – and make sure they’re providing you with the cost of everything you need!

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A budget should be closely aligned to the builder’s quote, incorporating any changes you’ve discussed with them before the signing of a contract. Your builder should give you an accurate budget, and all things being equal – stick to it.

 A budget’s generally far more detailed, and broken into time periods – so you know what’s due to happen when – and most importantly when the construction will be completed.

  1. Adequate insurance and current licenses

Ask about the builder’s public liability insurance, Employer’s liability insurance and Contractors’ all-risk cover.

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Public liability insurance covers injury to a third party (for example, a passing pedestrian being hit by a falling plank) and damage to third party property (the painter spills a tin of paint on your groovy shagpile carpet).

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Employer’s liability insurance is a legal requirement for limited companies; it covers for example, an employee who falls and breaks a leg while on the job.

Contractors’ all-risk insurance covers work carried out by the builder, such as a home extension, that is accidentally destroyed (for example by fire) before completion and before you’ve extended your home insurance policy to cover it.

Ask for any licences or certificates the builder holds, as well as trade organizations they belong to (such as Construction Line and Safe Contractor). Find out about any work which will be subcontracted and check out the subcontractor’s qualifications and insurances too.

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  1. A solid track record and experience.

If a builder can’t talk about their recent work or offer references, then it could be a reason to worry. Most companies have great websites with case studies and extensive photos, and are also proud of – and excited to talk about their favorite projects. Some, you might even have trouble stopping talking once they start. So go ahead – ask them!

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  1. Great communication and information flow

You should expect regular two-way communication. That means regular updates – be it email or phone, and at key times – meetings in person. You should always feel up to date and in control. It’s also important to make yourself available to the builder and answer any queries that may arise in a timely manner. Remember it’s your project, but their livelihood – so everyone has an investment in making sure work goes smoothly.

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  1. Provide a quality product – on time

You’re relying on your builder to provide not only quality expertise and construction staff but also to supervise the quality of the materials used in your building project. Ultimately you’re expecting them to deliver on what they said they would, in the timeframe they promised. Companies should offer a warranty on their work – to give you piece of mind. Make sure you have it in writing, know how long it lasts and what it covers.


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Dreams of a new home or renovation can bring up feelings of excited anticipation or a white-cold sweat. We’ve all heard construction nightmare stories – it doesn’t have to be that way. It should be fun to dream, and to see the reality come to life. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional reliable builder, and to make your expectations known to them throughout the construction process.

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