If you know anything about the state of the building industry in Wirral, you would know that there are many builders operating in the area. While there are those who build buildings from the ground up, there are those who specialize in smaller jobs like renovation, repair, and maintenance. How many choices do you actually have? If you take a quick search on Google for “builders in Wirral”, you will see that there at least ten local businesses that you can choose from.
Now here comes the question: Who do you hire? Well, we have several criteria. The first and most important are the quality of the work. Unfortunately for you, unless if a Wirral builder has an online portfolio that you can check, it is impossible to know if the builder can do a good job. But you do not need to despair, though, as there are several ways to vet different builders.
The most obvious one is to ask your family and friends for recommendations. This has several advantages, including the fact that the builder is truly vetted and is practically guaranteed to do a good job. The people in your circle would not be making a recommendation if they thought the builder would do a botched job.
Unfortunately, not all the people who live in Wirral have people that they can ask for reliable information. If you are one of these people, just know that there are other ways for finding a good builder.
There are websites out there that actually vet the builders before their information is uploaded. The website of the Federation of Master Builders is one such example. Since the FMB literally works through the qualifications of applicants before allowing them to become members, the ones whose information gets uploaded to the site are practically gems that you can dig for right now.
Outside of FMB, there are other websites that do the vetting. Just do the search that we indicated above and take a look at the search results – they will be there.
Vetting, however, is just one step of the process. It only means that the builder has the qualifications to do the job. Whether or not they actually do your job properly is another matter. While all professional people strive to be professional in doing their work, things can and do happen. And it is up to you as the client to make sure that, no matter what happens, the builder is going to do a good job.
One way that you can do so is by drafting a service contract and having it signed by the contractor. The service agreement should write in detail the work that needs to be done and how much it’s going to cost. Not only that, it should make provisions for corrections in case the work is botched the first time.
Any good builder would be willing to sign your service agreement because they would be confident in their work.