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FAQ from Touchwood Builders at your Service!

Where do I start, I'm considering having building work carried out but don't know where to start?
FAQ from touchwood builders
When you are considering having building work carried out at your home or business premises you will need to find out if planning permission is required. At this point you can either call Touchwood Builders and arrange a no obligation survey of the property or land in question, or alternatively you can contact your local Co. Council Planning office. If you are a residential home owner  then please find out more about the The Building Process

What Grants are available? 
Grants are available for a combination of items:  
  • BER
 
What is a 'BER' or 'Building Energy Rating'?  
The Building Energy Rating is designed to inform property owners on the cost of running their homes and it applies to new homes built after  1st Jan. 2007.  The BER scheme was brought in as a part of an EU wide initiative and is governed here in Ireland by Sustainable Energy Ireland (www.sei.ie). The principle of the BER scheme is that every building receives an energy efficiency rating, by which prospective homeowners  can determine how efficient it will be to run.  BER ratings  now  apply when you sell or rent  your home since 1st Jan. 2009
 
What is the best way for me to raise funds to finance the project? 
Should you not have sufficent resources then there are several ways to raise finance : 
• remortgage your own property ( with your existing lender )
bank
 
( Remember to shop around for the best deals ! )
 
When Can You Start?

We aim to start most projects within 4-8 weeks from confirmation of your order to proceed with the project. This does vary from time to time and we can sometimes accommodate earlier start dates. This is mainly dependent on our current work load at any given time and also the size of a project.

How long will the project take?
Each quotation we submit is accompanied by an estimated project duration. Following an instruction to proceed with any given project we will then produce a schedule/ programme of works. This will provide you with a guide to follow and monitor the progress on site and also enables you to plan your life around alongside the building works.

How much will my project cost?
Prices are dependent upon the size of the job, you can rest assured that our prices  are very  competitive.

Can you provide references?
Yes! Now just a click away; please see our testimonials page, these are all genuine quotes taken from testimonials sent to us from real people we have worked for.

Do you work to a form of contract?

Absolutely, for all domestic projects we use a specific homeowners' contract, for all commercial projects, we use which ever  contract is suitable, depending on the value of work.

Do you have insurance to carry out the work?
Yes, Touchwood  is a limited company with €6.5 million public liability insurance,  €13 million employers and liability insurance and €6.5 million products liability coverage to protect all parties in nearly every eventuality.

When will tradesmen be attending site and who will be on site managing the project to make sure it is completed on time?
Everyday one of our experienced supervisors will be on site checking the quality of workmanship and planning for the next stage of your project to ensure practical completion is achieved in accordance with the programme of works.

What about matching bricks to my existing bricks, can you achieve a good enough match?
We have specialist suppliers that match bricks and we always achieve the very best possible match.

What building services do you offer at Touchwood ?
Touchwood Builders provide the complete building service,  within both the Domestic and Commercial sectors. We have a wealth of experience in completing projects on time and on budget. Our portfolio of work carried out to date range's from Property extensions through to complete complex new build Projects.

I require additional information?
Should you require any further information, then  please  contact us  as we are only too pleased to help.