Building control administrative charges
Choosing a builder
If you are considering any work to your property and you require a builder, you should consider this choice very carefully. As this is a big investment, you should thoroughly check any builder out before employing their services.
Items to consider:
- For large projects, consider employing a professional to advise you.
- Discuss the extent of your arrangement with your professional
- does it involve the preparation of plans only or is site supervision part of the package?
- If you consider your job so small you don't require a professional, get advice from someone from the industry who you know and trust.
- Always obtain quotations (at least three) and have them checked.
- Don't automatically go for the cheapest quote.
- Ask questions of the builder:
- where have they worked before
- how do they want to be paid: on completion or in stages
- can they supply references from satisfied clients
- are they happy to accept a retention clause
- will they give you a final completion date
- will they accept a penalty clause for failure to complete on time
- will they agree to independent arbitration if you have any dispute
- Reassure yourself by checking the builder's work, references and other aspects, such as work habits, with previous clients.
- Finally, you should wait for your Certificate of Completion from Building Control before completing your transactions with the builder.