By the time you get to building regulations, it can feel like the end is in sight and construction is just around the corner. However, before you start preparing to make dozens of builder's brews, there are still a few more things you’ll need to consider.
If you’re currently waiting for your package to be wrapped up, here’s what you have on the horizon…
Selecting a contractor
Here at Resi, we always recommend that you wait until the building regulations stage before approaching any potential contractors. That’s because the technical drawings you'll receive are much more detailed than the ones you need during planning. This extra level of detail allows contractors to provide more accurate quotes, ensuring you don’t end up with any budgeting surprises after the contract is signed.
When it comes to finding your ideal builder, Resi Connect can introduce you to vetted contractors in your area. This complimentary service ensures our customers only consider the best professionals, meaning they’re in safe hands once they get onsite.
Whether you use Resi or not, here are our Connect team’s recommended steps for selecting the best builder for your project…
- Check their finances for any suspicious activity, such as a recent change in directors.
- Get references from three previous clients, ideally from one project completed recently and another from at least 18 months ago.
- Check which contract they’re using, we recommend a JCT contract.
- Look into the details of their quote and make sure every design feature has been properly accounted for.
- Compare at least three companies and look for anomalies. Prices or timelines that are dramatically different from their competitors can be a red flag.
Signing a contract
After reviewing and vetting a selection of contractors, you’ll need to finalise the agreement with your chosen builder. As we touched on above, you want to thoroughly review the details of your contract before you sign on the dotted line.
Remember: once this contract has been agreed, it’ll be very difficult for you to switch to another contractor. A bad contract can put both your home and finances at risk.
To ensure your contract is up to scratch, make sure yours includes…
- A staggered payment plan. We recommend you agree to a payment plan that has you releasing funds when certain milestones have been met. These milestones should be the key stages of the build, such as your foundations, superstructure, roof installation, etc.
- Comprehensive insurance. At a minimum, they should be covered by public liability, employers’ liability, and developer insolvency insurance.
- Details and assurances surrounding any subcontractors they plan on using.
- A thorough breakdown of the timings involved and what happens in the event of delays.
- A full breakdown of the little details involved, such as: tidying up, equipment hire, waste removal, and even bathroom arrangements.