Completing any home renovation project relies on getting the right people to carry out the work, so you’ll want to make sure your render contractor is qualified, professional and has a track record of great work behind them.
We’ve listed out our top areas to focus on when deciding which render contractor you should go for when carrying out a façade renovation or new build project.
Referencing and reviews
You might have heard of your render contractor from good word of mouth — a really great place to start — but other forms of referencing are great ways to do your own due diligence.
You’ll want to start by looking to see if they have a portfolio of past projects they’ve worked on. This could be on a Facebook or Instagram page, or even a website which shows clearly the level of finish on the project and testimonials from customers.
Websites likes Rated People and Check a Trade are also a great place to find reviews, and some of them will have qualifying criteria to be listed on, so this is an extra layer of confidence.
Are they qualified?
You might want to check to see if they have any of the typical qualifications from governing bodies such as NVQ, City & Guilds, CITB, or CHAS. You can also check to see if they are members of any Trade Associations.
If the contractor is going to be carrying out work which you’ll be funding with a grant, they’ll need qualifications such as PAS2030 or PAS 2035.
Finally, our list of Weber Recognised and Weber Recommended contractors is a great directory to start with. We regularly check the standard of work carried out by the contractors we endorse, so you have our seal of approval here – get in touch with us to find out more.
Professionalism & availability
It’s the little things that make a big difference, and professionalism is a great sign of how they’ll be carrying out work on the project. For example, do they present a quote jotted down on paper or do they send an electronic quote with contact information and lists to extra resources you can peruse? Remember, a quote is a legal and binding document!
You might find that a contractor with a long waiting list is a bad thing, but what that means if they’re in high demand – this can be a great indicator that they are trusted for regular work in the industry and good to rely on, so the wait is likely worth it!
Do your own research
There are more things you can do yourself such as looking at business cards advertised in builders’ merchants as they’ll likely be quality checked before agreeing to put them up. You can also ask the staff there who buys certain materials regularly and if there are any that they personally recommend.
Plasterer and Render Forums aren’t usually welcome to homeowners signing up and asking for reviews, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a look through and search for the contractor name to see what kind of discussions they are involved in online.
If you are working with an architect, they’ll often have a preferred contractor or two that they’ll put forward, so this is worth considering.
Get in touch
For any more information or if you’d like to get information about any render contractors we can recommend to you, please feel free to get in touch with us: