If you’re thinking about starting a building project, you’ll likely be in the research phase. These five tips will tell you what to look for and how to narrow down your options in order to find a building company that’s a good fit for you.
- Value for money
It’s well known that a cheap deal doesn’t always guarantee a good deal. Investigate your options with quotes from a few different companies. Be as specific as you can when outlining what you want, so you can compare ‘apples to apples’ and make an informed decision. Don’t be scared to quiz the company if you don’t understand how they have priced the job and what components are included, or any building industry jargon. If you’re confused about any of the terminology, our Glossary may come in handy.
- Quality and strength of products
A new building should be designed to stand the test of time and be ready for anything that’s thrown at within its region, from earthquakes, to wind, snow, salt air and scorching sun. A quality structure which has been engineered correctly will play a large part in this. Due to the unique structural building systems used and the heavy-duty, bolted connections, Coresteel structures are known for being stronger and longer-lasting than those of competitors.
- Flexibility of design
Companies will vary greatly in the amount of flexibility they allow you to have with your building’s design. While some may have a standard list of pre-designed buildings for you to choose from, others like Coresteel, design each and every building to the exact specifications of the owner. Coresteel can incorporate soffits, canopies, mezzanine floors and more.
Just like you would research hotel reviews online before booking, it pays to make enquiries before choosing a company to build with. Start with the company’s website and look for any testimonial pages or videos. You can also look up previous projects on the company website to see what they are capable of and ask the company if you can visit any that are of interest. In addition – ask around – word of mouth recommendations are often the best source of information.
If something doesn’t go to plan, you need the peace of mind that you’re covered. Ask to see the relevant documentation before signing the contract and make sure you understand the limitations of any guarantees or warranties offered. Most companies, including Coresteel, have conditions, such as a maintenance programme which must be adhered to for the guarantee to be valid. Read more about Coresteel’s 50-year durability statement here.