16 Mar Choosing The Right Builder For Your Conversion Project
Garage conversions might be one of the simpler home improvement projects, but this doesn’t mean you can skimp on the planning and labour. A garage conversion can add value to your home, improve your living space and allow you to stay put instead of going through a costly home move. Yet this will only be possible if you have the right team on your side.
We’ve all seen the cowboy builder TV programmes where an unsuspecting family part with thousands of pounds only to be left with a gaping hole in the side of their house. When it comes to garage conversions, the risks could be even more insidious than first meets the eye. Garage conversions need to consider things like electrics, fire safety, structural integrity and waterproofing.
This is why we recommend working with a reputable builder. The financial benefits of choosing the cheapest builder you can find might be short-lived if you have to fork out for additional repairs.
Why it is important to use a reputable company?
Many people assume that garage conversions are simple because they often don’t require planning permission. To the homeowner, the process might seem straightforward, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes.
When choosing a reputable company to manage your conversion project, you get their industry expertise and knowledge. They’ll know the difference between single leaf construction and cavity wall construction, so you don’t have to. Being able to trust your builder to do the right thing at every stage of the project is essential.
How do I know if they are reputable?
The easiest way to determine if a company is reputable is to find out if they are registered with the Federation of Master Builders. This is the UK’s largest trade organisation in the building industry. Only companies that agree to the FMB rules and regulations can display the badge. IC Davison is proud to be a member of the FMB and takes the code of practice very seriously.
Other ways to tell if a company is reputable is to look for things like Trust Pilot reviews. If a company has lots of glowing reviews over a very short space of time, or if most of the reviews look the same, you might want to dig a little deeper. You can also ask for recommendations from friends or look at reviews on sites like Google My Business, Facebook and My Builder. By conducting in-depth research, you can build a more complete picture of the company you are hiring.
If you’re ready to discuss your conversion project with a builder you can trust, get in touch with IC Davison today.