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Top Tips for Managing A Successful Building Project

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Top Tips for Managing A Successful Building Project
Get estimates from two or three different builders. Be clear about what you want done and ask for a written specification and quotation.

Ask for references and talk to previous customers. A good builder will provide you with credentials and references, so try to visit previous jobs similar to your own.

If the builder is a member of a trade association, check the membership criteria - and make sure they really are. Rogue builders have been known to falsely claim membership.

Avoid adding to the job or changing your mind halfway through - it will usually cost more and cause delays.

Confirm any changes you do make in writing - the FMB has a variation form for this purpose.

Use a contract - the FMB has Plain English contracts for small building work.

Agree any staged and final payments before work starts.

Avoid dealing in cash.

If any problems arise whilst work is in progress, or you are unhappy about anything, talk to your builder right away.
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