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    Howdy All, a little while ago I posted a thread about a dodgy builder showing up at my dads house and I got a lot of good advice and support from many on here. Happily, I'm now in a position to get some of the work that needs doing done - so I need to get some folks in for quotes. We need a lot of work in the kitchen and bathroom specifically as well as some roof tiling and re-plastering of a ceiling or two. If anybody on here is involved in these trades, please drop me an IM and we'll arrange a day for you to take a look and provide a quote.

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      Thanks for the responses so far, if anybody else is able to help with any of the above, please IM me.
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      Make sure you are clear about what you want and what to include in the quote.

      I'm sure nobody you get through here will puposely mislead you, but often things like tiles can either be included, excluded or stated at a particular supply price. It's good to make sure you get the quotes on the same basis so that it's easier for you to compare. Finishing materials can vary considerably in both quality and cost and you may wish to have a greater input in their choice.

      Glad to hear it seems to be concluding well for you.
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      Just remember, be very wary of any requests for payment in advance. Only ever pay for work that has been completed, and for goods that are on site preferably fixed in position.

      In most circumstances a reputable builder will have all their materials on account with the merchants, so any request for a deposit to get them started, or an up front payment should be treated firstly as something you won't agree to, and secondly question whether you wish to proceed with this person / company at all.

      You will be expected to pay as works progress, so if half the rendering is done, then it is fair that half the rendering is paid for if requested.

      I would also advise you hold back 5% retention on each payment so that at the end of the job you owe 5% of the cost still. This should be held back for a min 3 months after completion so that any defects such as cracks etc. can be repaired. Once they are complete the 5% retention should be paid.

      For £20 you can purchase a JCT Home Owner Building Contract that can cover small maintenance projects to larger extension works to a home. It is simply written and will set out all the terms you need between yourself and the builder. In my experience any competent builder will be happy to sign this as it protects them as much as you. It covers things like working hours, insurance, retention as set out above, programme etc.
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      Thanks for the responses so far, if anybody else is able to help with any of the above, please IM me.
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      Just remember, be very wary of any requests for payment in advance. Only ever pay for work that has been completed, and for goods that are on site preferably fixed in position.

      In most circumstances a reputable builder will have all their materials on account with the merchants, so any request for a deposit to get them started, or an up front payment should be treated firstly as something you won't agree to, and secondly question whether you wish to proceed with this person / company at all.

      You will be expected to pay as works progress, so if half the rendering is done, then it is fair that half the rendering is paid for if requested.

      I would also advise you hold back 5% retention on each payment so that at the end of the job you owe 5% of the cost still. This should be held back for a min 3 months after completion so that any defects such as cracks etc. can be repaired. Once they are complete the 5% retention should be paid.

      For £20 you can purchase a JCT Home Owner Building Contract that can cover small maintenance projects to larger extension works to a home. It is simply written and will set out all the terms you need between yourself and the builder. In my experience any competent builder will be happy to sign this as it protects them as much as you. It covers things like working hours, insurance, retention as set out above, programme etc.
      Had account - trade card with travis perkins for 20 years scott the wont let me have materials with out payment??
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      Quote Originally Posted by CAPTAIN GREALISH View Post
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      Had account - trade card with travis perkins for 20 years scott the wont let me have materials with out payment??
      Really? I thought all building accounts were invoiced at 4 week intervals?! Anyway, I guess the point stands about not paying up front though...I know you didn't ask me for anything until you finished.

      By the way @Ninja Elephant, I would have no hesitation about recommending @CAPTAIN GREALISH!
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      Really? I thought all building accounts were invoiced at 4 week intervals?! Anyway, I guess the point stands about not paying up front though...I know you didn't ask me for anything until you finished.

      By the way @Ninja Elephant, I would have no hesitation about recommending @CAPTAIN GREALISH!
      cheers mate
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      Quote Originally Posted by Bold Seagull View Post
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      Just remember, be very wary of any requests for payment in advance. Only ever pay for work that has been completed, and for goods that are on site preferably fixed in position.

      In most circumstances a reputable builder will have all their materials on account with the merchants, so any request for a deposit to get them started, or an up front payment should be treated firstly as something you won't agree to, and secondly question whether you wish to proceed with this person / company at all.

      You will be expected to pay as works progress, so if half the rendering is done, then it is fair that half the rendering is paid for if requested.

      I would also advise you hold back 5% retention on each payment so that at the end of the job you owe 5% of the cost still. This should be held back for a min 3 months after completion so that any defects such as cracks etc. can be repaired. Once they are complete the 5% retention should be paid.

      For £20 you can purchase a JCT Home Owner Building Contract that can cover small maintenance projects to larger extension works to a home. It is simply written and will set out all the terms you need between yourself and the builder. In my experience any competent builder will be happy to sign this as it protects them as much as you. It covers things like working hours, insurance, retention as set out above, programme etc.
      pfftt..good luck getting anyone agreeing to all that.

      No aspersions cast on Ninja Elephant with this, but too many out there who try the old ' Money's on the way/Just a bit of a hold up/Just need to sell some shares (!)' so we will never proceed on a project without some money upfront.
      We expect £200 non-returnable deposit with signed contract upon verbal/written confirmation of job (to ensure clients are committed, not take any designs and idea's to another installer, and to make sure our time ahead is inked in) and that can be 4 months in advance.

      Upon start date, we get 30% transferred, with further 30% beginning of tiling, 30% end of tiling, and balance of 10% within 14 days completion, and unless agreed in writing, all sanitaryware/big purchases are paid in advance separately.

      A JCT doesnt always cover exactly what you need, but a good start - Overall, recommendations are the way to go; if they happen to belong to an independent trade body, so much the better, but just because someone has a shiny sticker might mean they've just payed for it with little or no checks. The FMB for example..!
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      cheers mate
      My mate Aron was please with what you did at his too.

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