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Frequently Asked Questions

Working with Builders and Construction Firms

Steve Wilks

Managing Director

Steve has been involved with the building industry for over 35 years. We have compiled a list of the questions he gets asked most often by clients and prospects. These questions come from both returning clients and clients who are embarking on their first development project.

“How do I choose good reputable builders?”

“Is my budget realistic / how much will this cost?”

This is probably one of the most difficult questions to get a satisfactory answer to. It is also a bit of a “how long is a piece of string?” type question, however there are a few websites out there that will get you to a “rule of thumb” number. They generally deliver a build cost per square foot or meter, however they may not take into account items such as the complexity of the build, whether there will be underpinning to the existing property, whether steels will be required, and whether environmental issues such as the proximity of trees and sewers and drainage need to be accounted for. They also do not look at the level of finish you require and whether you are happy with budget fixtures and fittings, or if you want specific brands, or bespoke designs. This being the case, these should be taken as a rough guide only, an indication, and should not be used as an expectation that that the quote will match. The only way to know for sure is to discuss any complexities with your architect prior to requesting a quote, or to make the enquiry to your builder (or shortlist) of builders directly.

"What is the difference between an estimate and a quote?"

“How do I get a quotation?”

“What kind of plans and drawings do I need?”

“What is the process and what can you expect before the building work commences?”

“What is the process and what can you expect during the building work?”

“What is the process and what can you expect after completion of the building work?”

“Do I need Planning Permission to extend my home?”

“Do I need Building Control approval to extend my home?” 

“Do I need an Architect to extend my home?”

"Can I supply fixtures and fittings?"

"What do I do if I wish to complain?"

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