When home-owners experience a problem with their home – be it damp, damaged double glazing, electrical problems, or even a leaking roof – it is always a troubling time for them. As far as the home-owner is concerned, the damage needs to be rectified in the shortest possible time and at the least possible cost. There are always other bills to pay and this type of problem never happens at the right time.
It is very important to get the best job done and that means finding a recommended local tradesman, not a cowboy builder! The best tradesmen may take a little longer to complete a job as they take care when they work, they use high quality materials and they employ a skilled workforce. They have completed apprenticeships, have certification to prove they are trained, hold membership to trade associations and work to the appropriate building codes. They also tend to pay their staff a little more as they expect more in return from them.
All of this costs a few pounds more per day and you end up paying more for their services as a result. This is not a bad thing. In many cases those who go for the cheapest prices, without consideration given to quality and expertise, will find that are less satisfied with the end result. Opting for the cheapest price is not always a great idea.
If you can afford to pay a little more, do so and insist on a builder, roofer or other tradesman who has experience, references and most importantly offers you a great personal service, where there is mutual respect between you and the builder. Not only are most builders prepared to work a little harder where there is mutual respect, but they also invariably be happier to return and correct any issues that might occur after the job is completed! You will know when it's the right price and the right building company that you are about to employ as you will have based your decision on their credibility and references. If the builder cares about his presentation he will most likely care about his work too. Price is not the key to a good job being done, and you never know, perhaps the best tradesman will actually give you the best price anyway! We certainly hope so, but remember, the best price is not the most important consideration. Good luck!