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Builder wanted recommendations

Posted by GMU29 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by wineoclock@1pm - 3 years ago

I can certainly highly recommend a good roofing specialist but not sure if he'd cover your area. He is however constantly booked BECAUSE he's good. Let me know if you want his details.

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Posted by AQ-417490 - 3 years ago

The french building industry is in general divided into their individual trades, with virtually no overlap.Indeed, it is rare to find two different trades on the site at the same time, even if you find a company that will oversee the whole project by subcontracting the different artisans needed. There are, of course, some English builders who are registered and insured, who would undertake such projects. However, there are also some English builders who only became builders on arrival in France. Whoever you approach, it would be wise to see examples of their work and speak to the clients to see how happy they are.

Posted by itinerant child-414831 - 3 years ago

John perry from near Baud is a very capable builder who could do most of what you ask and is a good honest bloke too. I do not know if he would travel that far up and there is often a waiting list to get hold of him. I believe that he still advertises on here,but if you can not find his ad,then his phone number is 0689 426 353 and his email is john-perry@orange.fr 

There will be many other people who would be happy to recommend him

Good luck with getting your project done well,in good time and under budget.

All the very best

Jamie x

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

Hopefully you'll get some suggestions now that's clarified!

When you said 'a builder, must be registered and insured' it sounded more as if you meant an individual artisan. A company that employs staff will project manage an entire project and supply all the various trades, is another thing altogether and I don't think you need worry about a company of that size not being registered and insured, they wouldn't dare, though obviously you should still check. The main thing to satisfy yourself about would be its financial stability to ensure it's not going to go bust half way through and leave you stranded. There have been too many instances of that recently. There are websites where you can check a company's financial evolution over the last few years.

Good luck.

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Posted by Itwasntme-998041 - 3 years ago

Perhaps there aren't any in your area or they are all busy, any good builders are usually fully booked up this time of year. Good luck.

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Posted by GMU29 - 3 years ago

We are looking for a building company who complete renovations, they usually have their own team of electricians, plumbers etc.

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

Perhaps it's 'renovation project' that's making people shy. 

If you asked for a good architect, or a good maçon, or a good roofer, or a good electrician, or a good joiner, etc, you would probably get recommendations for artisans who could come and give you a devis. But what type of artisan gives a devis for a 'renovation project'? There needs to be a project manager who splits it down into trades and coordinates it - and it sounds a bit as if there isn't. Maybe the OP needs to start by finding a good project manager.

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Posted by GMU29 - 3 years ago

Yes very strange, no builders that can be recommended?

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Posted by brimlad - 3 years ago

looks bad when nobody can recommend a builder...