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What to Ask Your Builder Before Beginning a Project

As building surveyors, it is our role to check in on construction projects, ensure they are running smoothly and comply with regulations, and offer advice on how to improve the process. When it comes to your property, we know you want nothing less than the best. That’s why it’s so essential to ensure your builder is professional, qualified and will complete your project to the highest quality possible. We have compiled a list of questions we highly recommend asking your builder before starting to ensure they are the best person for the job.

Do You Offer Written Quotes?

In order to know you are getting the most bang for your buck, we suggest getting a minimum of three quotes from various builders. This will ensure your price is reasonable and that the builder is aware of everything you want doing during the building process. Always make sure to ask for a written quote so that you can ensure that everything is detailed. It should break down every aspect of the job. This will give you a more accurate estimation than a verbal quote and should reassure you that your money is going to good use. It should include details of the completion date, safety on site, waste management, working hours and onsite toilet facilities.

When Can You Start?

Many builders are in high demand and cannot afford to start work on a brand new project right away. For this reason, you need to make sure you are both on the same page about when the project is beginning and how long roughly it will take to complete. This will allow you to avoid any confusion and strengthen the communication between you and your builder.

How Many Jobs Are You Currently Working On?

As mentioned above, you need to make sure both you and the builder are on the same page throughout the entire process to prevent any mixups. Their answer to this question will likely vary depending on the size of their team. It’s not unusual for bigger teams to take on several construction projects at once, as they have the employees and resources to do so efficiently. However, if the team is significantly smaller, they may prefer to focus on one project at a time. We recommend avoiding small builders who opt to take on multiple projects at once, as it may be that the quality of your project is compromised for the sake of their busy schedule.

Have You Done This Kind of Job Before?

If possible, it’s always best to choose an experienced builder who has had plenty of practice building the type of structure you are looking for. To ensure they are fully qualified for the job, ask them for details of similar previous projects. You may even be able to call up their previous customers to ask whether you could have a look at the builder’s work. This will give you a rough idea of what you can expect from their work.

Get in Touch With Expert Building Surveyors to Make the Most Out of Your Project

Throughout your construction project, you need to make sure that the builder’s work is safe, energy-efficient and liveable. Otherwise, you risk your future safety and may have to pay out large sums for maintenance and repairs. Here at All Building Control, we conduct thorough examinations of properties to uncover any issues, providing you with a complete report detailing any problems we advise getting seen. For complete reassurance when it comes to your building project, get in touch with the team at All Building Control today.



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1) I/we confirm that I/we have fulfilled our obligations in respect of Principal Designer / Principal Contractor as defined in Regulation 16E of The Building (Approved Inspector etc.) Regulations 2010 and Part 2A (duty holders and competence) of the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended). As far as I/we are reasonably and practicably able to ascertain, the works, to the best of our knowledge, comply with the Building Regulations. I/we therefore formally request issue of the Final Certificate.

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