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What to look for in a building company.

When you embark on the journey to your new home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices of building companies. To help you in the process of selecting a reliable builder, we’ve compiled a checklist of things to research and questions to ask.

Research your shortlist of building companies thoroughly, for example:

• Talk to recent customers. Don’t be afraid to ask companies for names of recent customers whom you can talk to.

 • Look at the track record of the company including who is behind it and how long they have been operating.

• Talk to tradespeople to determine whether the company is up to date on paying it’s bills.

Before signing your contract:

• Ask if the deposit is to be held in a trust account.

• Check for hidden costs. Confirm that the agreement includes a full specification, and that it is a true fixed price agreement.

• Ask for evidence of their building warranty. Determine how long the warranty covers and how maintenance issues will be handled during this time.

• Ask for a clear build timeline.

• Find out how experienced your project manager is, and how the build will be managed.

• Take independent advice.

If you are after some sound advice from a reputable builder, don’t hesitate to give the Horncastle Homes team a call.