Building a House in South Devon? What to Look for in Your South West Builders

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As builders in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Exeter and the South West, we at The Builders SW are all too aware that builders don’t always enjoy the best of reputations with the public. As a result, many people who are thinking of having a new house constructed view the process of appointing a building contractor with a lot of trepidation, of not complete terror! Fortunately, the preconception that NO builders can be trusted is far from the truth and there are numerous reputable, professional, competent and reliable builders in the South West of England and throughout the rest of the country. There are several pointers below as to how anyone looking to have their new house built can maximise their prospects of finding the builder that they want but before listing these we should stress the importance of appointing your chosen building company at the very earliest time possible. That is because your builder will be able to provide invaluable guidance on issues such as the choice of the plot and/or the basics of the desired design and/or the overall building specifications. An early appointment will provide professional advice and information from the inception of the building project. It will also be invaluable, in terms of assessing the likely overall cost of the building project, to have the builder engaged from day one and this will also reduce the possibilities for misunderstanding in the future. This latter point leads to the first consideration of most house builders – cost.

Although it should be be permitted to override all other considerations, the price quoted by the builder is likely to be of some significance. When considering your budget and the cost of the proposed work you should ensure that at least three, of not more, competitive quotes are obtained. It is also essential to ensure that all of the quotes are based on identical specifications.

It is especially helpful to ascertain whether the builder has a positive reputation locally. This can be achieved by checking whether they have received any online reviews either on their own website, external sites such as Rated People or other trade-related sites or platforms such as Google +1. These reviews can provide invaluable information about a builder’s competence, reputation, trustworthiness and experience.

Devon and Exeter Builder

It is always important to consider the location of the builders and their staff. those that are situated in your own locality are likely to be able to source the local builders merchants more easily and there is less of a prospect of additional costs in the form of travelling and/or accommodation for the workforce. Furthermore, a local builder is more likely to be familiar with the practices of the local planning office and the building regulations compliance officials and their practices. Knowledge of environmental issues such as the likely prevailing weather can also be useful.

Specific Experience
Not all builders are experienced in building houses and not all house building projects are the same. Ask your panel of prospective builders to show you examples of their completed projects to allow you to “get a feel” of the type of work that they have produced in the past and decide whether it comes within the standards that you have set for your own build.
Select a builder who has extensive experience constructing
homes in your price range and general design style.

When you engage a builder to take on your house building project you will be embarking on what is likely to be a lengthy and sometimes fraught relationship. You will therefore want to find a builder whose personality is engaging and who has an easy going manner. The ability to discuss and negotiate are vital as is the willingness to alter plans and proposals as the project develops.

The choice of a house builder is an important one. Whilst we do not suggest that this is a complete list, we would suggest that the tips set out above will help to find the builder for you.

If you are interested in building a house or want to know more about our full range of building services please get in touch with our South Devon builders:

The Builders SW
Sterling House,
Decoy Industrial Estate,
Newton Abbot,
TQ12 5NA

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