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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Help! Builder Required to do Major Repairs to 3b House in Northants

    Hi All
    I urgently need a good builder to do some repairs on a 3b house. The property was flooded so the ceiling in one of the bedrooms upstairs collapsed and the kitchen ceiling. This is not an insurance job so I need someone who is going to be reasonable with their quote but above all who is excellent at what they do. If you can highly recommend someone then please let me know.
    Crystal
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    Hi Crystal,
    You could post your job on https://www.myhammer.co.uk. Give as full a description as possible and post some photographs. Tradesmen then bid on your job, meaning you get a very keen price. You are not obliged to award the job if you are not happy with the quote. You can check the builder's "rating" by looking at their feedback from other customers.
    It is free to post your job, so no cost involved.
    I have used it for a gardening job and it worked well for me.
    Good luck!
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    An alternate site is mybuilder.com to post your job , I used on Monday and had 3 replies in one day for a job near Northampton , I look at the CV of the builder/tradesperson/rating first before price , then repond usually call them and explain the job in detail to check they have understood properly what they are quoting , depending on the complexity would then get them around to view and confirm their price so no add ons , misunderstanding
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    Hi Vanessa
    I posted my job on that website a couple of days ago with a couple of photos but as no-one has responded yet I thought I'd try another avenue. Thank you!
    Crystal
    Vanessa said:
    Hi Crystal,You could post your job on https://www.myhammer.co.uk. Give as full a description as possible and post some photographs. Tradesmen then bid on your job, meaning you get a very keen price. You are not obliged to award the job if you are not happy with the quote. You can check the builder's "rating" by looking at their feedback from other customers.It is free to post your job, so no cost involved.I have used it for a gardening job and it worked well for me.Good luck!
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    Hi Paul
    Thank you. I will check out that site as well as I need someone to give me a quote urgently.
    Crystal
    Paul Fenton said:
    An alternate site is mybuilder.com to post your job , I used on Monday and had 3 replies in one day for a job near Northampton , I look at the CV of the builder/tradesperson/rating first before price , then repond usually call them and explain the job in detail to check they have understood properly what they are quoting , depending on the complexity would then get them around to view and confirm their price so no add ons , misunderstanding
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    Hi Vanessa
    I've just received a response to the job I posted on myhammer. The builder states that it's a family business with over 25 years' experience but they are new to myhammer so only have 2 ratings @ 100% positive. He says that past clients are Stewart Milne Homes, Hunter & Clark, Bellway Homes, George Wimpy and Barratts but they appear to be based in France. This job will possibly cost in the region of £10k so please advise me as to how to verify this company's credentials. Should I ask him to give me names of people I can contact at those companies to check? No stats have been given for this company on the website. Using this method to find tradesmen is completely new to me so I want to make sure that I do things right to get a good job done. What would you do?
    Crystal
    Vanessa said:
    Hi Crystal,You could post your job on https://www.myhammer.co.uk. Give as full a description as possible and post some photographs. Tradesmen then bid on your job, meaning you get a very keen price. You are not obliged to award the job if you are not happy with the quote. You can check the builder's "rating" by looking at their feedback from other customers.It is free to post your job, so no cost involved.I have used it for a gardening job and it worked well for me.Good luck!
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    Yes, I would suggest that you ask for references to call and give a testimonial for them. If they are a genuine family company, they should have no problems giving you references. Tell him it is not personal, but you have commercial considerations and you make it your company policy to check all contractors' work.
    Did they ask for money upfront?
    If they are based in France, where will they stay while doing your job? Have they factored hotel accommodation and transport into the cost? If so, you will get a much keener quote from a U.K. builder.
    Just ask lots of questions and see how they react. If they are genuine, they won't mind.
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    Paul, just wanted to say thanks again. I've now received about 20 emails in response to the job I posted on mybuilder. I shall now carefully go through each one to check them out!
    Crystal
    Paul Fenton said:
    An alternate site is mybuilder.com to post your job , I used on Monday and had 3 replies in one day for a job near Northampton , I look at the CV of the builder/tradesperson/rating first before price , then repond usually call them and explain the job in detail to check they have understood properly what they are quoting , depending on the complexity would then get them around to view and confirm their price so no add ons , misunderstanding
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    Hi All
    I have a couple of questions.
    1. I have received one quote so far on this major refurb job from a local builder who checks out quite well and have done good work in the area and have a vast amount of experience but the quote he sent to me has a breakdown of the works but the cost is not given for each item - there is just an overall total of £18,000 plus VAT. This is the first time I've had to deal with a major refurb job and have heard lots of nightmares so I want to do things properly. I do not live local to this property so I have asked a letting agent to oversee the works.
    I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had major refurb works done with regard to whether each item was costed, how you managed the project (this will take about 6 weeks) and what was the payment arrangement? Also, did you ask if they could waive the VAT? This would save me about £3,000 and I have a tight budget.
    2. This property was flooded in December but as I was under a lot of stress at the time I was going to let this property go (let the mortgage company repossess it) but as things have now turned around I want to keep the property. For those of you who are knowledgeable about insurance claims, is it too late to make a claim on the insurance? I did renew the insurance policy in May even though at that time I didn't think I'd be able to keep it.
    Crystal
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    Hi Crystal
    I would suggest that you ask for a breakdown of costs. Having an itemised quotation gives you more control of the overall project. For example, where they may be extra unforseen work you will have something to compare additional costs to. Equally, if there are items of work that are not carried out you are in a position to agree the level of saving that there should be.
    As mentioned by Vanessa, a good indicator is a contractor that does not mind being asked questions.
    Valton
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    Hi Crystal
    Sorry this is another avenue for you to try - but this is the way I find all my local tradesmen - I go to the local letting agencies in the area and I ask them to recommend me their local plumber/ builer/ electrician. That way when you call the tradesman you have come from a recommended person - they will not want to let the agency down and 9 times out of 10 the agency will be using a decent person [as they don;t want to let their landlords down]
    hope this helps
    Thanks
    Sam
    https://www.Virtualletz.com follow me on twitter @VirtualLetz.com
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