Whenever you invest in improving your home especially in Loft Conversions, finding reputable tradesmen to undertake the work is of prime concern – or you could end up losing cash rather than adding value to your property.
Prevention is better than cure
John Davies, MD of Cannock-based Buckley Loft Conversions, which has been building loft conversions across the Midlands for over thirty years says:
“Over the years we’ve been called in to help numerous families who’ve been left high and dry by cowboy builders. And the results of poor workmanship – particularly with loft conversions – can be devastating and, in addition to causing much stress and heartache, be downright dangerous. To help ensure you don’t get caught out, we’ve compiled a checklist of things to look for – and ask contractors – before giving them your garage or loft conversion job.”…John Davies (Managing Director)
John’s top tips…..
- Contractors may suggest starting work on a Building Notice which is acceptable but, in inexperienced hands, can lead to problems due to the drawings not being approved by the Local Authority.
- Low prices don’t always mean value – lower quotes often equate to a lower standard of work.
- Check credentials of companies and ask for references from satisfied customers.
- Find out exactly what’s included in the quote – does it cover everything from design and materials to labor and finishing? A good contractor should provide a price that will cover the entire job, so there will be no ‘nasty surprises’.
- Look for a contractor that provides a complete service, from survey through to design, construction, fitting and finishing – it will save you the hassle, and expense, of employing an architect or separate contractors for jobs like plumbing and plastering.
- Ask how they propose to carry out the conversion – work should be done from the outside of the house; minimizing disruption to family life. If they say they plan to access the work space from inside, look elsewhere.
- Look for Insurance details, including Public Liability and Employers Liability; ask to see Certification.
- Do they have a guarantee or warranty? Any firm worth its salt should be confident enough in the quality of its work to offer a good warranty. Look out for a 5 year construction guarantee and the option to have a Government-backed Masterbuilders Masterbond 10 year warranty.