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    Getting the Right Quote from Builders – Our Guide

    Normally a guide like this would begin with how to find a trusted and well recommended builder, but we already have that covered! All of our builders are thoroughly checked by us to ensure that their working standards are of the highest quality and you can even read reviews from past customers.
    So with that fundamental part ticked off your list, here are a list of things you need to think about when taking your first steps on a new building project.
    Get Comparison Quotes
    It’s always a good idea to get a few quotes to ensure that you’re getting the best price. We would recommend getting at least three to give you a good idea of an average price, although if they vary wildly you might consider getting a few more. If a quote seems very low, ask for a detailed brake-down of the quote because, you know what they say, sometimes when something seems too good to be true, it is. Make sure that the figure you are given is an actual quote and not an estimate as this could potentially change down the line.
    Be Clear About Your Plans
    An accurate quote and ultimately a good final result is completely reliant on how well you can communicate your idea to your builders. Start by writing a detailed description, which will make everything clearer in your own mind as well as helping out the builder. Try drawing out some plans as best you can or find pictures as a guide. There are plenty of home improvement, architecture and interior design magazines around for you to pick up ideas and if you can provide the builder with a photo, you are guaranteed to be on the same page.
    Agree Costs and Time Span
    Any seasoned house renovator or builder will tell you how quickly costs can escalate. You can avoid this by ensuring that costs and time span are agreed as much as possible before you begin. Discuss whether you are paying a daily or hourly rate and find out how many days the job is expected to take. You can also talk about what will happen if the job takes longer than expected and agreeing that any additional work above the quote will be discussed and explained to you first.
    Ask about the start date
    A good builder is likely to be busy, so when you get a quote it is a wise idea to discuss a start date. There is no point spending loads of time talking about the build if you need to start straight away and they can’t start for two months.
    Start the process by taking a look at our list of recommended builders in Bristol. It couldn’t be easier to get a free quote, just click on the button next to each builder and fill in your details. All of the builders should call you back the same day. Good luck with your project and happy building!

    Thursday, 13 Mar 2014

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