Step Three

WE HELP ENSURE YOU DON’T FALL VICTIM TO THE MANY PITFALLS THAT CAN BE MADE WHEN WORKING WITH YOUR BUILDER WHICH ARE OFTEN INCONVENIENT, COSTLY AND STRESSFUL.

Step Three

Keeping you protected and legal

Summary

By the end of this stage we will:

  • We make sure the builder you wish to appoint passes through our due diligence process so you are protected against unnecessary additional costs before you sign contracts with your chosen builder
  • We produce a project programme for the works clarifying how long your project should take and detailing the key milestones the builder is tasked to complete, during each week of your build.
  • We produce a suggested payment schedule so you and your builder can agree payment terms in advance. This way, you know when and how much to pay the builder.
  • Complete all relevant legislation i.e. The Party Wall Act (1996), Health and Safety etc.
  • Ensure the project is fully insured by all parties.
  • Ensure that a brick match test is carried out so your extension matches the original structure.
  • Ensure a recognised legal building contract is in place and signed by you and the builder, prior to the commencement of works

PROGRAMME OF WORKS

We prepare and build a bespoke Programme of Works tailor made for your building project. We calculate how long each phase of the works will take and produce a report for the builder to work towards.

The programme of works will include which tradesmen are due on site, for what reason and for how long.

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Preparing a Programme for the works

We prepare and build a bespoke Programme of Works tailor made for your building project. We calculate how long each phase of the works will take and produce a report for the builder to work towards. The programme of works will include which tradesmen are due on site, for what reason and for how long. It ensures immediate reaction should your project ever fall behind schedule. This could be due to something as simple as inclement weather causing delays to the original time frame. It may be the builder will have to increase the number of men working on site for a few weeks, to get the project back on track.

It’s important the works run to a programme, as there will be critical dates you will want to achieve, the date when the kitchen is to be delivered and fitted for example. Working without a programme is like working in the dark and will often create delays, additional expense and potentially, unnecessary disputes.

Payment Schedule

Your payment schedule will make sure you know how much to pay the builder and at what stages.

This ensures you avoid making any deposits upfront and permits you to make sure all of the work has been completed to your satisfaction before final payment is issued

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How much to pay your builder and when you need to make payments

We will also calculate payment schedule to the programme and add this to the schedule so you know how much to pay the builder and at what stages. We recommend you never engage a builder that requests a deposit up front. Our network builders will all commence on site without a large deposit and are happy to receive weekly payments in-line with the Programme of Works and agreed payment schedule. Including both documents within the contract with the builder, protects you from uncertainty or last minute changes. If for example, your builder becomes ill or has an accident delaying the build, we can engage another of our network builders, to complete your project with the minimum of disruptions to you.

We make sure your payment schedule includes an agreed retention at the end of the works. The final payment is made payable to the builder only once all of the snagging has been completed to your satisfaction and you are in receipt of your building regulation completion certificate.

Due Dilignece Report

We want to make sure that the cost of your project doesnt faulter. That is why we instruct your builder to complete our due diligence tasks and submit a report of their findings.

This prevents costly alterations being identified once the work has commenced.

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The due diligence report to ring fence your quotation before commencement

Our vast experience within the building industry has taught us the importance of anticipating the unexpected so we instruct your builder to complete our due diligence tasks and submit a report of their findings, to enable us to complete a risk assessment of your project.

The findings may mean we must amend the design to accommodate for changes in areas such as footings, foundations and underground drainage etc. Many potential alterations to your project that can be identified at this early stage before contacts are signed can save you stress, time and money later in the project, usually claimed by the builders as extras to the contract. Our experience and intervention will help to protect you from making costly mistakes that we can anticipate on your behalf. This prevents costly extras once eating into your budget.

Material Matching

We ensure that the builder matches the new bricks, mortar and roofing tiles / slates with your existing property.

By checking materials that the builder is proposing to use, before they are ordered, we can achieve as perfect a match as possible.

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Material Matching

There is little worse than investing time and effort to get your design just right and then handing it over to a builder who fails to put as much effort into the build, as you did with the design. Most planning applications do state that new materials are to match existing as near as possible. We ensure that the builder matches the new bricks, mortar and roofing tiles / slates with your existing property.

By checking materials that the builder is proposing to use, before they are ordered, we can achieve as perfect a match as possible. A builder may order the exact brick as the property was originally constructed in but this may not be the best match for your property, as your original brick has likely weathered over a period of time. We insist on seeing physical samples of the materials the builder is proposing to use so you can hold them against the existing property to ensure you are getting the best match possible. It is just as important to agree a mortar match with the existing property. Often, even when the brick work is matched, the mortar matching process has been forgotten. There are many dyes on the market to enable your builder to accurately match the mortar as well and we will work with him/her to get the best possible result.

Legal Documents

We will make sure your project is legal and you are protected by ensuring we are complying with the party wall act.

We will also prepare your builders contract. This will cover all aspects of your build and ensure you are protected for the whole of your building project.

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Health and Safety requirements and complying with CDM 2015

Due to the change in the health and safety requirements and complying with the CDM 2015 regulations, we can assist you and your builder with the documentation required to make your project compliant. This is assuming your builder does not already have this in hand and available for our inspection.

Insurance

We will work with you to make sure your home insurance covers the work.

We also work with you to validate your builders Public Liability insurance. Making sure your project is completely air tight from start to completion.

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Who needs to insure what and when?

We request written evidence that your builders’ Public Liability insurance is in force and ask you to contact your home insurers, as most home policies have a clause that you notify them if you intend to carry out major home improvements. Failure to comply with this could mean invalidate your insurance. Quite often your insurers will send you a form for you complete and return to comply with the policy terms. We are happy to assist in filling in the form on request. If your insurers do not use this procedure, email them with the information and ask them to confirm that you will be insured for the duration of the works.

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