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GJ Dee

I bought loads of tea and sugar beforehand and they never let me make them any tea. Waste of money, as we don't drink tea!

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Jon Large

Good article, and totally agree with the suggestions offered. I would also suggest a big dollop of honesty into the mix too. We had a single story extension built and didn't really know how we were going to finish it. However, we shared this with the builder, who actually helped us with some decisions - together we compromised.

I would also say that clients should appreciate that project managment of not only your build, but that of other clients that the builder has, is a delicate jigsaw and us, as clients, need to be aware that (especially in the 2021 climate) prices will increase, and supplies will decrease and this will have an impact.

I ask that builders are also as honest, as it does not take much to lose trust when such costs are at stake.

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Robert Duirs

A contract is of no benefit at all if the builder has lied about being a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen while utilising their dedicated contract, as she did in my case. So always check up on the most basic elements of the builder’s credentials. And be suspicious if the contacts given you re. previous jobs fail to get back to you with feedback.

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