If you are in the market for new construction or building work in Liverpool, then the following tips, will hopefully help you make the right decision when choosing a Liverpool builder to complete your home improvement requirements.
Where To Start
For many people this can be very complicated as there are just so many different Liverpool builders to choose from. But with a little understanding and guidance, it needn’t be as frustrating as one thinks, providing a few simple steps are taken.
Probably the best way to choose your builder by far is by having a personal recommendation by a friend or colleague. If the builder has done a great job already for somebody that you know then this is a good sign that they can do what they say they can do and have a track record where work can be checked. Also ask your friend or colleague if it is OK to go and see the work that the builder did for them. Make sure that you are happy with the quality of the work that they carried out for your friend.
Allowing a builder into your home to carry out construction work can be slightly intrusive for many people, I mean after all let’s face it, unless you already know them then they are simply strangers to you. So it makes sense to carry out some research to ensure you are getting someone who is honest, trustworthy, reliable and competent.
Professional Trade Unions
If you can’t find a friend or colleague to recommend a good Liverpool builder to you then the next safest method is to approach an accredited and professional trade union such as The Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Unions like these only allow builders to join if they have a great track building record and are fully competent at doing the job or trade they say they can do. The FMB will take up several references from the builder or even make site inspections to inspect their work. The builder will also have to meet other requirements before membership is granted such as supplying professional references from an accountant or local building control officer. There are a selection of Liverpool builders registered with the FMB so you could pick maybe 2 or 3 perhaps and ask them to come out to meet you and quote for your project.
The yellow pages is another place to find a builder but they will be less vetted than opting for one from the FMB. There are many reputable Liverpool Builders advertising in the Yellow Pages but before instructing one to work on your project, you should carry out your own reference checks from previous jobs they have completed.
There are a selection of local newspapers in Liverpool such as the Liverpool Echo and also the Mersey Mart. Both papers have classified sections and offer Liverpool Builders the chance to place an advert to promote their services. Again, there will be many reputable builders advertising in the classifieds just like the Yellow Pages, but you should still carry out your own reference checks to ensure the builder can do the work they say they can do.
There are also directories online now that have large databases of builders offering there services.You could do a Google search and see what comes up. Some of these online directories may have be well established and others may be fairly new so you would have to approach the directory to find out more about the service they are offering and the builders they are promoting.
There are many reputable Liverpool builders in Merseyside and with a little research, time and understanding, there should be no problem in finding the right builder for your project.