DIAL A CONTRACTOR ®
Qualifications are required for architectural plans, new builds, plumbing and electrical work but not for building alterations, additions, extensions and renovations. Fair enough the tasks performed require skill and safety, but their contract values are usually considerably smaller than the expense of employing building contractors. Where does this leave the client when it comes to selecting a reliable contractor for their extensions, alterations, additions or new build?
It is amazing how many home building contracts are awarded based on personality alone. The second most common being a professional and comprehensive quotation layout. Although both are valid factors, there are far more pressing questions with regard to trusting a builder with your construction project, that is set to cost tens, or hundreds of thousands of Rands. eg. What is the financial status of the builder? How did their last few jobs turn out? How are the payments structured to minimise your exposure? These factors are all covered when you utilise Dial A Contractor’s Building construction contractors. If you intend to employ the building services of a contractor that has not been accredited by Dial A Contractor, please, go the extra mile and check them out thoroughly, also check with us that they are not historically problematic. We recommend you request at least three quotes.
NEW BUILDS, ALTERATIONS, RENOVATIONS & ADDITIONS
For all your building alterations, renovations, additions, extentions and new house construction then TopBuilder has the right builder for you. A builder that has the experience and manpower and that is tried and tested.
OFFICE & FACTORY REFURBISHMENTS
If you are setting up a business in new premises and need your factory space or office space to be altered or built from scratch then we are the right people for the job. We offer a complete solution for your office and factory requirements.
PAINTING, ROOFING & WATERPROOFING SERVICES
We provide full waterproofing and painting services to all residential and commercial buildings. Each of our teams has a team leader who is on site from day one through to completion.
HANDYMAN & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
We can handle all jobs irrespective of size around the home, in the office, shop or business premises, and we do so with a professional attitude and a friendly approach.
FULL RANGE OF SERVICES
Brick & mortar teams
Dry Wall Partitions
Wall & floor tiling
GIVE US A TRY OUR PRICES ARE FAIR & OUR QUALITY IS GOOD
OUR BUILDERS HAVE AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD
OUR BUILDERS ARE SKILLED & EXPERIENCED
OUR BUILDERS ARE APPROPRIATELY REGISTERED
OUR BUILDERS ARE REFERENCE CHECKED
Dial a Contractor Building Contractors
TRUSTED BY OVER 84,000 HOMEOWNERS!
"James was amazing, he understood what we wanted or rather helped us understand what we wanted and then he brought it to life. The project was well managed by James and it finished on time" - Charles Zimbali
"I have used Garath and his team for all our company needs for the last 4 years and I couldn't be more satisfied with how quickly they attend to us and the way they manage the process of having plans approved at council level. They continuously surpass our expectations!" - Peter Smith
HOW WE WORK
COMPLETE SIMPLE FORM & TELL US WHAT YOU NEED
WE IDENTIFY 3 SKILLED PROFESSIONALS
PROFESSIONAL ARRANGES VISIT TO DO ASSESSMENT
COMPARE QUOTES & HIRE THE RIGHT PROFESSIONAL
TYPES OF PROJECTS
Office Renovations & Alterations
Home Remodelling & Renovating
Single home & Residential projects
Apartment Blocks, Flats & Complexes
Community & Municipal Contracts
Use one of our contractors and you
will receive up to R300 000 in
free builders insurance....
HOW WE REDUCE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH BUILDING
RENOVATIONS AND EXTENSIONS
In our view a home renovation or extension is far more complicated than a new build. Because you are at home and can see what is going on you tend to be more involved than in a new build. This leads to concerns and tension that aren’t typical of a new build. The small things matter as they will impact you every day; is the site left clean and tidy (you will be amazed how much dust is generated each day), what time to the builders arrive on site, are they properly supervised, etc. You tend to be less objective and because your there all the time you will change your mind and ask for variations, move things around, add things on, change building materials, and so on. For these reasons choosing the right builder is critical. The teams on our panel are tried and tested and we represent some of the top building contractors in the country.
NEW BUILDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
We have the inhouse skill sets available to supply turnkey solutions to a wide range of building requirements. From architecture & design to structural engineering we represent the best. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients and delivering an exceptional and personal service from start to end. We expect all the building companies on our panel to have staff that are properly trained, professional and supervised. We have in-house expertise and encourage clients to use our project management services to guarantee swift and efficient solutions, meaning projects stay on track.
FACILITY MANAGEMENT, MAINTENANCE AND HOME REPAIRS
We have extensive experience in facility management and can undertake any project irrespective of size. We currently manage in excess of 1280 facilities around the country and we can provide a cost effective and professional service. We don’t encourage builders to undertake every project. Sometimes you need a handyman with general skills and other times you need a specialist. By example a carpenter to hang an expensive door, or a plumber to unblock a main line drain, or whatever.
WHAT WE DO TO ENSURE A SUCCESFUL PROJECT
It is critical to plan every phase of the project and put timelines in place. Together our team have worked on a number of challenging projects from heritage renovations to new home construction. We have experience managing complex construction projects and a proven ability to brainstorm any problem. Our team loves a challenge and build the finest homes and structures within our clients budgets and time frame without sacrificing quality and workmanship.
If it is important to you, then document it in a contract. Misunderstandings are common and we encourage customers to identify critical issues and expectations, document them properly and say what you expect and what the consequence will be if not done or achieved. By example (A) Timelines – If you need the project finished by a certain date then specify that date (B) Supervision – If you don’t accept a foreman on site as adequate supervision than define exactly what you expect (C) Working hours – If you expect contractors to work specific hours than define it upfront eg. In townhouse complexes
Our aim as a company is to make a positive difference in people's lives. We value our clients and never see their business as just a once off contract, but rather a relationship. We encourage involvement from the formative stages of a project right through until the end of the building process. This collaboration between owner, architects, project manager and builder is fundamental in achieving client satisfaction. By involving us in the process and utilizing one of our project managers we can ensure the contractor maintains the highest standard of finish and attention to detail. The end result being completed homes are immaculate and ready to be lived in and enjoyed. We are passionate about what we do..
CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR BUILDING CONTRACTOR
Building or renovating a home or commercial property is a massive undertaking. Horror stories about fly-by-night building contractors, who disappear halfway through a job, are plentiful. Before you invest a substantial amount of money on a project, we suggest that you pose the following questions to any potential building contractors to ensure that they are professionals of good repute.
Are you registered with and certified by the National Home Builders Registration Council?
According to The Housing Consumers Protection Measurers Act, any individual or company in the home building industry building a new home is required – by law – to be registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). Regulated industry criteria concerning construction, technical and financial capabilities need to be met by all building contractors. The NHBRC only certifies those who meet these requirements. Note that builders do not need to be registered for renovations to existing homes.
What certificates will I receive once the building has been completed?
Once the project is completed, building contractors are required to hand over certain legal documents to the property developer or owner. For example, all electrical wiring needs to be approved and then certified by the relevant municipality. A procedure that is often neglected, or alternatively is attempted by uncertified building contractors, is the poisoning of the property soil. This is done in order to create a chemical barrier which prevents sub-terranean wood destroying termites from getting into your house. This task must, by law, be performed by a registered Pest Control Operator. A list of all such operators are available from SAPCA (The South African Pest Control Association). This procedure is absolutely crucial as termites are prevalent throughout South Africa.
What type of industry experience does your company have?
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Many building contractors attempt to lure potential clients by bending the truth about their previous experience. Ask potential building contractors for testimonials and the contact details of their past clients. It is advisable to get in touch with previous clients in order to find out about their experience first-hand. In addition, you may want to visit some of the properties to inspect the quality of the workmanship.
What is your capacity at the moment?
It is useless going through the process of briefing your building contractors only to find out that they are busy for the next three months. Establish whether or not your builder has the time to take on your project. Many building contractors will burden themselves with too many jobs at once – make sure that yours is absolutely honest about what they can and cannot handle. No one wants their building project to be a job that is neglected nor do they want to wait six months for the completion of a project, due to their contractors having too many clients.
Do you have a detailed contract agreement in place?
In the event of anything going awry, the contract agreement between you and the building contractors will be your saving grace. The contract needs to explicitly state the agreed-upon budget, time-frame and job specifications. This should include methods of payment, labour costs and the cost of building materials. In addition, the contact numbers of the foreman in charge of the site is also of utmost importance. Before building commences, sit down with your building contractors and go through everything – in detail – in order to avoid any costly misunderstandings.
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