Before committing to a construction project in Melton Mowbray, Oakham or the surrounding areas, you need to consider multiple factors. Chief among these, however, is your prospective building contractor. Your choice can make a huge difference between a smooth, efficient project with great results, or the opposite. Any reputable builder will recommend that you sit down with various companies to ascertain their compatibility with you and your project. At Milton Construction, we do exactly that.
But what questions should you ask the building contractors you sit down with? In this blog, we list the 5 most important questions property owners ask us during initial consultations.
To schedule a meeting with a member of the Milton Construction team, please call us on 07840 676 310. We cover locations throughout Melton Mowbray, Oakham and the neighbouring areas.
Have you worked on a job like mine before?
House extensions, property renovations and other building services represent large investments and complex projects. Naturally, putting your work in the hands of someone who has done it before will likely produce better results. This covers both the quality of the workmanship and the smooth progression of the project.
If a building contractor hasn’t worked on a job like yours before, they could learn how to do it at your expense. This could result in slower progress and missing some important details.
Do you have the necessary insurance?
Whether in Melton Mowbray, Oakham or any other location in the UK, building contractors have a legal obligation to hold public and employer’s liability insurance. Of course, if a prospective builder outright says they don’t have insurance, or gives a vague answer, steer clear of them. Any reputable professionals will happily show you their insurance certificates.
At Milton Construction, we hold both employer’s and public liability insurance. We never cut corners in any aspect of our building and landscaping services.
What is the estimated completion time for my project?
With the building work taking place at your property and expense, it’s essential for you to know the start and finish date for the project. In addition, you should ask the building contractor to make you aware of any factors that might affect the proposed schedule. Further questions could include:
- How will you address any required changes to the timeframe for completion?
- Do you have any current bids awaiting finalisation that might impact my job?
- Are you working on any other jobs that might affect the schedule of my project?
What is the schedule for payment?
From Melton Mowbray to Oakham, whatever your location, we strongly advise not paying the full price for contracting work in advance. All reputable building contractors will never ask you to do this.
Discuss the terms of payment as early as possible. Both parties should have complete clarity about the exact amount to be paid, and when. This can either be in line with specific dates or finished stages of construction.
How will you clean up at the end of each day?
The best building contractors always carry out a clean up at the end of each day. This includes projects that only take one day to those spanning weeks. Establish that they will remove all waste materials from your site in Melton Mowbray or Oakham. If it’s important to you, ask them where they will dispose of the waste too.
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