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Builders’ quotes: going out to tender

Unsure where to start when sourcing and comparing contractors’ quotes for your project? Tim Doherty offers his advice

When you’re undertaking a major building project you need to make sure that what you’re paying fairly reflects everything involved in the job. The best way to do this is to be certain you’ve got all the info in place to help contractors draw up reliable quotes before you decide to employ them. Taking an organised approach will give you the best possible chance for comparing like for- like on quality and price when you make your final choice of which contractors and trades to employ.

How you intend to manage your build programme will massively influence the kind of quotes you’ll be looking for from contractors and trades, so this is the first thing to consider. Where you are appointing just one main builder to manage the works for you, the successful firm will be overseeing health and safety, subcontractor appointments, material deliveries and overall accountability for the timely completion of the works as whole. But if you’re looking to project manage the scheme yourself then it’s up to you to understand the differences and choose the best trades for the job at hand. Regardless of the route you take, the accuracy of the quotes you receive will be directly proportionate to the quality of the information provided in the tender pack (ie the details of what works will be included within the price quoted).

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Build It is the UK's most practical magazine for self builders and renovators looking to create their dream home. Here's a sneak peak at what's inside this issue: - Vote for Britain's best home of 2018 - Energy saving windows - How to build your own home for under £200k - Getting the most from your builder - Smart kitchen tech - Front door cost guide ... and more!