A popular quote, which is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, is “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Nowhere is this truer than in the field of home building and home renovation. It is all to easy to make a poor decision or costly mistake, and costly can mean adding thousands of pounds to your contractor bill. So, you will want to make sure you follow a few important steps to get your project started off the right way. Number one, you absolutely must check what permissions or approvals are required for your project. The obvious example is planning permission, but there is also building regulations approval, leaseholder or landlord approval, listed building approval, environmental, healthy and safety, or even conservation regulations that may apply. It can be helpful to consult with a surveyor or architect who has expertise in this area and will understand the local situation.
Meanwhile your second preparation task is to find the right building contractor for you. If you are undertaking a complete new build or an extensive renovation or remodel then a general contractor would be best, someone who can manage and oversee the whole project and coordinate the different trades and vendors onsite. Alternative if you are just tackling a smaller project such as updating, repairing or decorating then Home Improvement Contractors would be more appropriate. Whatever the scale of your project in order to find a reliable, professional and excellent value contractor the best method is by seeking a personal recommendation from someone you know. Ask around friends, colleagues and neighbours or even local online groups and forums. With any names that come up be sure to check them out for yourselves, see examples of their previous work and follow up any references they provide. Check their website and test how easy it is to get in contact with them. You may also want to find out if they belong to and trade or regulatory bodies, especially if your project involves any electrical or gas work then the installers must be properly certified. Once you have settled on your preferred contractor, you should sit down face to face with them. Provide them with a detailed description of the work you want doing and bring with you a list of questions to ask. It is important that you are comfortable communicating with your contractor and feel confident that they understand your needs and can be honest with you. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable or unheard you can always try a different contractor. A final piece of advice is to make sure that the finals works to be done are agreed in writing with a full cost breakdown in the form of a quote, not an estimate.
If you are looking for a friendly handyman service or a full building contractor in Pennsylvania, then Contractors in Chambersburg can help. They have wide ranging skills from demolition, house building, electrical and plumbing works, tiling and roofing, decking, cabinetry and general repairs along with painting and decorating.