Will you want to hire your building contractor after speaking to their clients?
Over the last few weeks we've looked at a number of serious building defects which have left home owners distressed, out of pocket, and sometimes without a home. Many home owners face the prospect of lengthy legal battles to recover money spent on fixing building problems. This included the horror story of a major UK builder who delivered hundreds of substandard homes. Another article on an Australian apartment that cost $1.7 million which isn't fit to live in a year after completion, and more. In other articles I've discussed how you can ensure you are hiring the right building contractor. These articles include Read this before selecting you home building and renovation contractor and Before employing a building contractor ask these questions.
To ensure you employ a reputable building contractor it's important to ask your contractors for a list of references of past clients and projects. What building projects have they worked on? Are these similar to the work you are asking them to execute? Were these projects completed successfully - finished on time, without fuss and of good quality? But don't just take the contractor's word for it, rather talk to these past clients and ask them these important questions:
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27/1/2021 06:31:52 am
My brother and his wife are building their first home and are hoping to find a reputable building contractor for the job. I appreciate your statement about how it is essential to ask a contractor for a list of references that you can contact and ask questions before you hire them. I will suggest that my brother and sister-in-law ask any potential home builder for a list of their past clients that my brother can contact.
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