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.
From your initial search we would suggest you generate a shortlist of no more than three similar size firms. Contact them again, and send them all of the information listed above along with a covering letter requesting a quotation. Also include a date for when you would like the quotation returned (Usually 3 to 4 weeks at a minimum is reasonable).
The firm should, on receipt of the drawings, contact you directly and arrange a meeting, firstly to discuss your requirements and objective, and secondly to view the property to ascertain the complexity of your project, check access for deliveries, and movement of materials. Generally he will also take this opportunity to talk to you about their process and other influencing factors, such as your intention to remain (or vacate) the property throughout, or for part of the project.