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How to vet suppliers

Your project is likely to be one of the biggest investments you ever make, so be sure to use Mike Hardwick’s top tips to protect yourself when buying goods and services

Anyone building their own home or undertaking a major renovation project must put their faith into the competency of suppliers and trust that they will have the ability to deliver (and possibly install) the materials as ordered. If this process goes wrong, the financial and emotional impact on the client can be huge.

Mercifully, most of the time the system works. It’s fair to say that no legitimate supplier goes into business with the intention of failing to deliver what they have promised, but things can and do go wrong. So what can we do to make sure the companies we engage with won’t let us down and are the right ones to choose?

Always examine the product

If you’re specifying your project, you’ll have seen just how vast the choice is in all areas of a build. Making the right decisions can be a daunting prospect. Brochures are dazzling, websites enticing and a good photographer can make anything look amazing.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Installing underfloor heating - Flooring cost guide - New routes to self build - What are building surveys?