Finding a London builder can be chore, with so many choices that you might be tempted to hire on price alone instead of finding your ideal candidate. With Plentific, you can find a high quality London builder in no time at all! Post a job with Plentific, and the best builders in your local area will be in touch to offer bespoke quotes. You can also compare them easily, as each Plentific Pro has their own profile page where customers can view their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. Hire a ‘Verified’ Pro, and you will also qualify for Plentific’s industry-unique insurance policy: the Plentific Guarantee!
A local builder in London can follow leads in and around Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth and Westminster.
When looking for a builder in London, there are two important things to remember. Firstly, London is a huge place, and certain contractors might not be willing to take jobs outside of their local area without charging extra for travel expenses. A builder in the Croydon area might not be willing to travel all the way to Enfield for a job, and so on. Because of this, it is good to start your search in your own local borough.
The second thing you will need to remember when planning a project is that London prices are often much higher than those elsewhere. Tradesmen charge different rates across the UK, and so basing your cost estimates on a national average will not do you much good. To get an idea of the average cost to hire a London plumber, collect quotes from at least three local candidates. This will also help to ensure that you get a fair and competitive price.
A ‘builder’ is not a specialist position, and so it is important to be aware of your candidate’s quality. Some of the best builders around have no qualifications at all, but will have glowing customer reviews nonetheless. However, a candidate will usually have passed some kind of apprenticeship, training scheme or industry-recognised course.
To make sure a candidate is right for you, look over their past projects. Builders are extremely versatile, with common jobs ranging from full conversions and extensions to minor construction projects. Because of this, you should get a good idea of what kinds of work a candidate has experience with, and whether this will line up with your own project.
Customer reviews are one of the best indicators for a candidate’s quality. If a builder has a good track record, they should have scores of past clients that they can point to. Were they happy with what they paid for? Did the Pro act professionally and ensure that their work was carried out to a high standard?
Finally, ensure that your final hire has active public liability insurance, as well as a good warranty. This will protect you and your property from any potential problems and make sure that you will be satisfied with your final project.