Holding a valid license from a legally recognized building industry regulator is mandatory for every building contractor. Before entering into any contract or making payment for any construction work, confirm that your chosen contractor holds all the licence required under the law. The names and requirements vary across different states, therefore, check with the local authorities for advice on which requirements you should confirm. Such background checks help confirm that the said professional has completed the requisite training as per professional industry standards.
2. Does the builder’s work have a warranty?
Regulations require that constructors hold an updated warranty insurance policy that compensates the builder’s client for contract breaches such as incomplete work or shoddy work by a rogue builder. Ensure you read the policy document thoroughly and if necessary, get expert legal advice on it before signing any contract.
3. Have you confirmed that the builder is reputable and skilled?
Take caution that you are not carried away by new builds New Milton firm’s glossy brochure or impressive website that you trust their skills without performing due diligence. Cliché as it may be, word of mouth is the best advertisement and as a prospective client, it will be to your advantage to seek out any of their past clients. Such customers will give you a candid review about their services. Equally, you could tour their past projects and evaluate their workmanship.
4. Who resolves disputes between builders and their clients?
If things do not go according to plan, be forearmed with information on the laid down avenues and procedures for seeking redress. Local government and other state authorities often arbitrate such disputes.
5. How comprehensive is the contract of sale from the builder?
As you begin the process of signing a contract to engage your builder, request for a written quote stating scope of work, timeframes, exclusions and costs. At this stage, negotiate for a favourable deal after which you can sign a contract which captures the terms and conditions of the agreement with the builder. Ensure that details such as your names, property address, timeframes, details of the job and allowances on price variations appear correctly and clearly in the contract.
If you are in doubt over any aspect of the process of hiring a new builds Bournemouth contractor, seek advice from experts or the authorities.
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