Making sure you hire a quality builder rather than a cowboy has never been easier for consumers. It just takes a bit of background research and knowing precisely what you should be looking for. Here’s a bit of information that Citizens Advice give out to consumers on finding a top-drawer builder and how to spot the rogue traders.
When you’re starting the search for builders to take on your project watch out for any traders who ask for money upfront to get started and purchase materials. Established builders won’t ask you to pay until the job is done, and will have sufficient capital to buy up the materials to get going on the job.
And watch out for builders who seem exceptionally cheap and are keen to get on with the job as soon as possible. It takes a bit of expertise and experience to draw up a serious quote and the cowboys tend to just go low and then try to pressure you into agreeing there and then. If you think it sounds too good to be true, then it almost certainly is.
Other tell-tale signs that you should steer well clear of a builder are an unwillingness to provide references or any more details about their company. Most good builders these days have a web presence, even if it’s just a basic website or a page on LinkedIn. That way they can always be tracked down – the cowboys prefer to keep moving about rather than being easily trackable.
To find the good guys look for builders whose names crop up on recommendation sites or go through the search facilities provided by trade associations or the Government endorsed TrustMark scheme. These will only provide you with quality builders who have been checked over a long period for their customer care, insurance, health and safety records and the excellence of their work.
If you’re searching for builders in Sutton Coldfield one of the names that you should come across is Apple Solutions. And that’s us. We’re builders who are members of the Federation of Master Builders and hold quality marks like TrustMark, Registered FairTrades, CHAS and CSCS.
We’re based in Stechford so Sutton Coldfield is our home patch, just up the road for us and ideal for that initial consultation, and those early morning starts during the construction process. We can take on residential jobs or if you need work done on your business site. Just give us call, email us or use the contact form on our website and we’ll sort out a chat about your project.