During the process of building your home you will have the pleasure of finding the right professionals to do the work for you. Whether you are looking for an architect or engineer, or a building contractor, or a plumber, or an electrician or,or,or and the list goes on, there are a few things that you will have to consider.
Always try and do business with the people that have been recommended to you through a satisfied job done or someone that can show you their previous work.
Always check the qualifications of the person you are employing and make sure that they are experienced for the field that they are being employed to deal with. For example, do not employ an agriculture engineer to do the job of a construction engineer.
Make sure that you have a proper and legal contract is done and specify exactly on what is required of them by you and the agreed fee. Spend extra time and go through everything that you require otherwise you will find that it might cost you in the future if it was not as part of the initial agreement.
In the contract to specify the timetable for doing the job, but do consider the reasonable delay due to severe bad weather or unforeseen circumstances
Always pay contractors on time as agreed with them, do remember this is their living and they have to pay their bills too.
An unhappy workman would not do a very happy job for you.
The most important thing you need to do is to check and make sure that they have liability insurance for their work incase something does go wrong and that they are covered by their own insurance for Health & Safety on the site.
Make sure that they are registered through organisations like HomeBond or similar. Do remember, just because you see the name of the organisation on the van it does not mean that they are members.