Before our estimator comes to site it is a good idea to write down your thoughts on what you would like to be done, Then you will have some questions for us
When an estimator comes to view your property and assess the works that need doing, it’s just as important for you to ask questions as well as them. It’s good to ask questions if you’re unsure on the works that need doing or if you just need reassurance. Your estimator is there for your benefit so don’t be shy to ask for advice or anything else.
We’ve gathered a couple of points you may want to consider when a company comes out to quote for some works at your property:
Email Over Previous Experience
Selecting any builder for your property works can be scary. You want to select the right contractor to carry out the works so why not ask for their previous jobs for reference. It’s good to see completed projects for proof of their work and to give you a piece of mind. Reference and previous experience is important to have so you know where your money will go and if your renovation dreams are reachable. A good way is to check their social media, you will be able to see their projects and see how many projects they carry out.
You should discuss a timescale with your chosen builder so you know how long the project will take. If you have any personal deadlines or need to make arrangements, ensure you know the timescale of the project. The works might only take an afternoon, a week or a month – but make sure you are fully aware of the commitment you are making so this doesn’t interfere with anything else you may have planned. Please note that variations or extras will add extra time to the project.
How They’ll Complete the Project
If you’re curious or nervous about the work(s) you need done, just ask the builder for an explanation as to how they’ll carry out the works. They might give you a step-by-step explanation of the work they’ll do, or give you a programme of works which is brief overview. If you’re not too bothered about knowing the technical side then this might not be a necessary question – just if you are keen to know the process this might be a question to ask.
The cost of a job is provided in an estimate provided by your estimator after the viewing of your property/location of works. This estimate is often non-negotiable as an estimator will try to provide you with the cheapest quote possible in order to win the job. At no point should the cost of the works change unless you decide to add any changes or extra works, which will incur an additional charge.