The Builder Hire Package
Providing you with tools to hire the best Builder!
Providing you with tools to hire the best Builder!
We have put together a package that contains the most important checks & questions that every client should be asking potential building contractors before hiring them to carry out any home improvement. It will protect you from cowboy builders, rogue traders and will save you thousands of pounds.
We are now offering this package to new clients who have already engaged with an architect or designer but need that continued support and advice that their architect or designer may not offer.
Five Experian builder credit checks
By credit checking the builder early in the process, you can avoid wasting your valuable time inviting potential contractors to visit your home, explaining your building project, then going through endless quotations, only to find that the building contractor is in financial difficulty.
If a potential building contractor has a bad credit rating, it could mean several things. For example, your contractor may:
We have found that builders who have a bad credit rating often do not have the correct insurance policies in place. This means your building project could be at risk.
Five insurance policy checks
Our in-house vetting team checks and confirms that insurance details are correct and up to date. This ensures that your project is fully covered before, during and after your build is complete. We do this by contacting the insurance companies directly.
Five previous client reference checks
Our in-house vetting team contacts the building contractor’s previous clients to perform reference checks and to confirm all is in order. We also search for planning approvals on council websites to confirm dates. If necessary, we speak with building control to confirm project competition.
The Pre-construction Information
The Pre-construction Information is based on government regulations. If followed, this document will ensure that your building project is an excellent one. It will protect you from cowboys and rogue traders, and will save you thousands of pounds. It contains valuable questions that should be answered by all potential building contractors and tradesmen. This will safeguard your project and clarify expectations from the start. It also tests the attitude of builders and tradesmen when they answer these fundamental questions, and it paints a picture of exactly how your home improvement will proceed. If the builder or contractor is not happy to answer any of these questions, this is usually a cause for concern.
Example template of a fair and transparent weekly work & payment schedule
This template of a fair and transparent Weekly Work & Payment Schedule must be fully completed by the builder to ensure that they fully understand the work that must be completed to warrant their payments. This template also recommends that payments should be divided equally over the entire project, leaving an appropriate amount for the final payment. This document safeguards clients from being asked to pay large sums of money before the work has been completed.
Example of a trade quotation breakdown template
Your Trade Quotation Breakdown template will show the exact cost of each trade and bulk item needed to complete your home improvement project. It enables you to see exactly where your money is going, so you can easily compare builders’ quotes, without the confusion of having to remember who has included (or not included) the items you need to complete your project.
Your checklist forms a large part of the information you should gather before you employ your builder, and it includes the things you must consider and confirm before you start your home improvement project.
“We found The Builder Hire Package exceptionally good! The credit checks weeded out the builders right from the start. The questions helped me understand what I needed to ask the builders and put me at ease. It was brilliant!”
“The Builder Hire Package was such a life saver. It helped me find the best builder for my job. There were a lot of builders that did not want to fill it out, so I suspected them not being interested in doing my job properly. We found a builder that did a great job. We felt relaxed and comfortable with the builder we choose. Would recommend it. Money well spent! Thank you, Terry!”
“I did find using the forms helpful and would be wary of a builder who would not fill the form in at all as that is just lazy!
It is quite lengthy, but all the questions are helpful in making a decision. I did start to wait until I had initial quotes and had met with each builder and then followed up with the builder hire package so maybe your other clients could try that approach?”
“I thought the Builder Hire Package was great.
Some of builders did not fill it out and in turn, have not sent us a quote, so we have struck them off our list.”
“I found the builder hire package helpful having been through a major build before. I do have some idea on what problems can come up and the builder hire package does answer a lot of the questions, so you and your builder are on the same page as it were.
For someone with no building experience I would say the builder hire package is a must and it would as you say weed out cowboy builders and give the people having the work done an idea as to what is involved in their project.”
“We had a small single rear extension at our home and knew nothing about building. Terry and his team helped throughout the whole build. The builder hire package was a great help. It made us find a good builder who done an amazing job for us. Any builder not wanting to make sure you are happy then do not use them. Thank you, Terry, and his team.”
“The Builder Hire Package was worth every penny. It saved us so much time on sifting through the bad builders and helped us find a good one. The credit check and insurance checks made us feel safe as the builders we were talking to were professional. I would recommend using Terry and the Builder Hire Package.”
“Both me and partner were very satisfied using the builder hire package to find a good builder. It done its job. Thank you again for all your help.”
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