Once you have your plans in place and the necessary approvals from the Local Authority, making sure you have the right loft conversion builders will be the most important choice for you to make to ensure your dream is turned into the right reality. Our suggestion is that you choose a builder who are specialists in loft conversions as they will be experts in project managing and finding the right contractors for each stage of the build. Remember, the shape of the loft conversion is one thing, you still also need to consider the electrics, any plumbing work and/or decorating.
The easiest way to judge the credentials of the prospective loft conversion specialist is from some of he work they have completed recently. An specialist worth their salt will have a portfolio of work which they have completed for clients in the area. If they are unable to provide this, you should consider finding someone else.
Connected to the “previous work” - reviews are an important aspect in judging the credentials of your loft conversion specialists. Of course the higher the reviews the better, but also you must be careful with immediately discrediting specialists who have one or two bad reviews. When meeting the prospective conversion specialist, it would be beneficial if you could ask them what the issue was and how/if it was resolved. Ultimately, as these projects are expensive you want to make sure you are dealing with credible tradesmen who are able to tackle problems that arise successfully.
Naturally, as consumers, we want to go for the cheapest option. Sometimes this make sense, for commoditised items such as fruits and vegetables. With loft conversions, sometimes cheapest doesn't mean the best. A good litmus test is if you were able to get three quotes and one of the quotes was 20% cheaper than the other two, this looks suspect and alarm bells should be ringing! It is important that you recieve a line by line itemised list of cost including labour and VAT where appropriate, so you are able to compare your quotes with more confidence.
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