Your house is too small. Or you need one more room because you work at home. Maybe you think about insulating your old house. Buying another house is too expensive. You can think about a lot more reasons, but you need a contractor. A very good and capable one. But how do you find a good contractor in the Netherlands?
Your own wishes
To make a good fit, between you and a contractor, you need to know what you want. Do you really need a contractor, or is a handyman enough? The questions you can ask yourself is:
– What is your budget?
– When do I want to start?
– Which things can I do myself?
– Visualize what you want. This you can do by making a mood board or drawing. Or walk through the neighbourhood and take pictures of what you like.
– How much light do I want?
– How about finishing? Floors, walls, ceiling, heating?
– Think in detail. For example: how many electrical outlets do I need? What kind of heating do I prefer?
In the Netherlands, every municipality has its own rules regarding permits. There are a few basic rules:
– If you want to change something on the front of your house, you need a permit.
– If you can see the extension from the main road, you need a permit too.
– If you need a breakthrough in a supporting wall, you need a permit.
– In other cases: check this website and fill in the form.
If a permit is required, you also need to take care of drawings and construction calculations. This process can take up to a few months, so be prepared.
Searching a contractor
Finding a good contractor in the Netherlands can take a while. Every contractor has his specialism. Do you want a dormer, extra room or veranda?
What I normally do is take a look at this website, for contractors who work with a guarantee period. Then I take a look at their website, read reviews and decide if it fits. Asking around will also help you. Maybe, your neighbour builds also an extension to their house. What is their experience?
Next step: asking for an offer
My own experiences this week
This process can be complicated. This week I called 6 contractors, and only 2 of them wanted to make an offer. The reason: working from home. People need more space to combine living with working. And contractors have a lot of work to do. Don’t give up. Just be clear and ask if they know other contractors.
In a normal situation, you ask for offers from 2 to 3 companies. So you can compare prices and quality. First, call the company to explain your situation. Normally, before a company gives an offer they make an appointment for a viewing. This process can take 3 weeks.
Differences in quotations
A difference in the different quotations of €20.000 is not an exception. When the difference is so large, you can ask yourself the next questions:
– Are the permits, drawings and construction calculations included?
– How many “stelposten” or provisional items are in the quotation?
– What is the time schedule?
– What are the terms of the quotation?
– The quality of the materials.
– Is there a click with the contractor?
– Is the quotation complete?
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Accepting an offer
Before you accept an offer, you can ask more questions. It is common to have 2 or 3 versions for a quotation before it is accepted. That is a good thing because every quotation will be more precise. So you limit risks. Accepting an offer you do by signing the offer or send an e-mail that the offer is accepted.
Finding a contractor in the Netherlands will take some time. If you do your preparation well, it prevents surprises. Take your time. Call the contractor for an appointment and be direct in what you want.
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