Firm Choice helps you with the following:
Get clearly costed quotes from different companies, compare costs from competing companies.
Agree a payment schedule in advance in writing with the contractor, payment as the project progresses and targets met, no big deposits paid in advance and no unplanned payments unless agreed to in writing.
A legally binding agreement with clearly defined end dates with options to add to or amend the agreements in place in the event of unforeseen circumstances and more.
Stop and take a moment.
Our homes are the single largest asset we will ever have.
The dilemma is most of us have little or no experience in overseeing an extension, refurbishment, or a new build. This also applies when trying to find the right contractor. Despite these points, it should no longer be the case that your aim of improving your home means placing your savings and property at a high risk.
It is important to remember that in these discussions and negotiations you “hold all the cards” you want to start your project, you have the plans, the building consents and you have the funds available to complete the task ahead. When finally choosing your contractor, each stage must be supported with our binding agreements. This process has proven to dramatically reduce your risk of dealing with a rogue or incompetent trader. If the trader refuses to sign the agreements, then walk away and consider yourself lucky.
You should never be rushed or cajoled into making a quick or rash decision. You should never agree to pay cash to achieve a better price. Remember, no paperwork means no come back against any faulty work or bad practice.