When it comes to choosing the best groundworks contractors for your project, there are a few things to consider. In this article, we discuss some important things to keep in mind when making your decision.
What Does a Groundworker Do?
The best place to start!
Put simply, a groundwork contractor is in charge of preparing a site for the construction of a new home, building, or extension. It’s their job to clear the ground and lay the foundations. Plus, they will be responsible for connecting pipework, installing drainage, and later adding footpaths, paving and driveways.
Some contractors work primarily with residential properties and individual homeowners, while others, like us, also work with large commercial clients.
Choosing The Best Groundwork Contractors
When looking for a suitable contractor, remember these simple tips…
Know what you need and what they offer
Research exactly what you need from your groundworker. Different contractors might offer different services, so you’ll want to make sure you choose one that can do everything you need them to do.
It’s best to chat with your contractor and work this out before you hire them for the job. This will prevent any issues of miscommunication further down the line, and prevent you from being out-of-pocket if you need to hire another contractor to complete the job.
If you’re a developer looking to contract a groundworker, this applies to you too. If you’ll require a range of services from your groundwork contractors, make sure you choose a full-project team that is capable of handling a variety of works.
Experience and Reviews
If you want a high quality, professional job, it’s best to choose a contractor with plenty of experience. At J&A Groundworks, we have over 30 years of experience as groundworks contractors. Plus, we have worked on a huge variety of projects — both residential and commercial. When it comes to solving common problems on the job, the need for innovative thinking, and working on complex projects, we’ve seen it all — trust us!
These experiences have made us who we are today and given us the confidence and capabilities to tackle any job that comes our way. Qualifications and licenses are vital, but nothing beats years of experience and hard work in the field.
You should also take a look at your prospective contractor’s reviews. What are past clients saying about their service? Are they happy with their work or disappointed? While reviews aren’t always a completely accurate judge of service quality, they do give you a general indication at a glance.
Get a Detailed Quote
This goes without saying, but ensure you have a comprehensive quote from your contractor before they start work. All costs and services should be clearly stated (as well as any potential costs), plus the terms and conditions of payment. Take time to look over your agreement. If a contractor won’t acknowledge your concerns or talk you through their quote, this is a red flag. Any professional groundworks contractor will be happy to discuss the basis of all costs and fees with you.
At J&A Groundworks, we have over 30 years of experience within the building industry. As a professional, family-run business, we’ll work tirelessly to complete your groundwork project to the highest standards. Whether you’re a domestic or commercial client, we can help.
Our services range from raft foundations to hard landscaping and we are fully licensed and insured for all groundworks, civil engineering and demolition work.
Contact us today to learn more about our services. We operate within and around Berkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, and Wiltshire. If you live or run your business within these areas, we can help you with your project. To see some of our past work, take a look at our case studies.