The addition of a verandah adds protection for your home against rough weather and lets you enjoy the outdoors. It also adds value to your house. Choosing the right verandah builder is a critical decision. The building process can be a nightmare or a stress-free experience, depending on your contractor. A good custom builder like Verandah Builders Melbourne walks you through each step of the planning and building process, to ensure your project stays on time and budget with minimal stress. Here are some tips to help you pick the right verandah builder for your home.
1. Get recommendations.
Ask family members, neighbours and friends who built their verandah, and if they are happy with their builder. Even negative reviews are important, so you know who to avoid. Ask prospective builders for client references. Speaking with their former clients gives you a good idea about the contractors you are considering. Read online reviews to gauge how builders work with homeowners, too.
When you talk with previous clients about their experiences, ask to see what their builder did for them. See the contractor’s work first-hand, if you can. Prior clients can tell you their experience with the builder’s efficiency, reliability and work ethic. They can also tell you whether the builder was able to bring the project in on time and on budget.
Verandah Builders Melbourne will provide you with a list of client references at the time we provide our free quote, so you can begin checking our references immediately. We recommend visiting our gallery pages to see some of our building projects, as well as visiting some of our prior clients in person to see our craftsmanship for yourself. It is always a good idea to ask prior clients whether they enjoy their new verandah and whether it is as durable as they were promised.
2. Credentials and Licenses
Reputable verandah builders like Verandah Builders Melbourne provide documentation of training and certification, as well as their licensure in your area. Unlicensed and untrained builders are illegal and unsafe. Verandah Builders Melbourne are fully trained, licensed and insured.
Ask each contractor you interview whether they have experience building the type of verandah you desire. Check how long they have been in the industry and whether they have any negative reports against their license or claims against their professional insurance. Verandah Builders Melbourne has been in the business for over 13 years with many satisfied customers.
4. Reputation in the Building Trade
Ask for contacts with the contractors trading partners and suppliers. Professional builders like Verandah Builders Melbourne should be happy to provide you with contacts for the suppliers they use regularly. These people can give valuable information about what sort of reputation the potential contractor has among other professionals in the industry. You want to know that your builder is trustworthy and well-respected. Builders with good reputations can often help you get the most for your money, as well.
5. Workmanship and Work Ethic
Good builders and contractors go to great lengths to understand their customers’ unique preferences and needs. They also ensure they take these into account at every step of the verandah planning and building process.
6. Local Knowledge
We recommend choosing a contractor with a positive reputation in your area. Local contractors like Verandah Builders Melbourne know the local building codes and regulations, as well as the terrain and weather conditions that influence the design and construction of your verandah.
Always get a warranty on your verandah. It is an investment, and your contractor should not hesitate to stand behind their products. Verandah Builders Melbourne provides warranties on both the products we install as well as on our workmanship.
8. Take Your Time Deciding
Because a verandah is a big investment as well as a very visible addition to your home, you owe it to yourself to find the right builder for your project. Ask the right questions and do your due diligence checking references, licenses and the rest. With the necessary information at hand, you will be in a good position to choose a builder you can trust to meet your needs.
Lastly, hire a contract that works well with you. They will be in your life for a few weeks at least, depending on the size of your project. We believe you will greatly enjoy working with Verandah Builders Melbourne!