How To Choose The Right Contractor For Your Project

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How To Choose The Right Contractor For Your Project

When you have a project that includes or covers any of the following services: Demolition, Asbestos Removal, Earthworks or Site Clearance, then it is essential that you choose a legitimate contractor who can confidently deal with the task in hand.

It’s safe to say that any of the work listed above can be dangerous in its own right, therefore it requires a great deal of planning with a team who are well equipped and adverse. But how do you know that you have chosen the right contractors? Here at Thompsons of Prudhoe, we are proud to be a household name in the North East of England for all of the right reasons. So today we’re going to share our guide with you on how to choose the right contractors for your project.

What should I look for in a contractor?

There are a few main things to look for when it comes to choosing the right contractor:


When looking for the right contractor you want to choose one that has years of experience in the industry. They need to have knowledge and experience in every aspect related to the construction project – from the basic repairs to designing and building premises from the ground up.

One thing that you should always ask your contractor, before any paperwork is signed, is for them to share some past projects of theirs with you. If they are proud of their work – the proof will be in the pudding. If they are claiming to be great, but hesitant on showing you their portfolio – then doubts should be in mind.

Here at Thompsons, we are extremely proud of the clients we have worked with. Want to check them out for yourself? Head on over to Our Projects page on our website.

Good Reputation

A good reputation is a key quality to look out for and will fill you with confidence in their ability to do the job, as their reputation directly reflects their quality of work. So when you are seeking a contractor to tackle your construction project, it is important that you choose a transparent company. By transparent, we mean that they are honest, open and clear.

  • Honest – About the services and results they can deliver.
  • Open – They are happy to tell and show you about past projects, open you up to previous customers of theirs if you are in doubt and prove that they have nothing to hide.
  • Clear – If you Google them… what will show? Good comments demonstrate good deeds.


Reliability is another key quality to look for when choosing a contractor. From start to finish you want to be confident that they’ll do the job to the best of their ability whilst trying to stick as closely as possible to the established timeline.

Good Communication

Communication is key! You’ll be working alongside your building contractor, so it’s essential to have good communication from the outset. They’ll need to keep you updated and informed on the ongoing progress, updating you on any issues that may arise.

A Thorough Service

More than likely, when you hire a demolition contractor, they will specialise in the removal of asbestos too. And the same goes for Earthworks and Site Clearance. When you are looking for a contractor to commence on your project, you want to ensure that they can perform a thorough service, as this means as little hassle and involvement from you as possible. Leave it to the professionals! 

We are proud to be a specialist Demolition, Deconstruction, Decommissioning, Industrial Dismantling, Asbestos Removal, Site Reclamation, Earthmoving, Contaminated Land Remediation and Site Clearance Contractor operating throughout the UK. In tow, we offer a fully comprehensive turnkey service, allowing our customers to deal with ONE company throughout the entire site preparation and enabling process. From your initial consultation, to the handover of the site ready for the construction phase. We have you covered!

  • Find out if the contractor is a member of an appropriate trade association.
  • Look for the Trustmark – a scheme introduced by the Government 2010, this means that the traders passed the checks in order to become a member.
  • Word of mouth – get recommendations – but don’t just settle for these do your own research too.
  • Choose established contractors with premises that you can visit.

On Time Delivery

Delays are expensive. So make sure that your contractor, when providing a start and end date, is able to deliver. Consider doing a bit of research, have previous customers complained about missed deadlines? Do they offer an on time guarantee? If so, this will help add to your confidence that the project will keep on schedule.

What factors should be considered in selecting a building contractor?

Although it’s appealing to – don’t always go for the lowest quote! Good contractors who don’t cut corners will not be able to compete price wise with those that do. So be prepared to pay a bit more to ensure the job is done properly.

What questions should I ask a contractor?

It’s important to ask the right questions when hiring a contractor, this will allow you to plan out what you should expect during the process. Who will be the main point of contact during the project? What hours will they be working on the project? Do you have insurance? The answers to questions like these will give you some comfort, and help provide structure for the project ahead.

How can we help?

Thompsons of Prudhoe are a specialist Demolition, Deconstruction, Decommissioning, Industrial Dismantling, Asbestos Removal, Site Reclamation, Earthmoving, Contaminated Land Remediation and Site Clearance Contractor operating throughout the UK

Thompsons of Prudhoe remains a family owned business, operating for over 73 years and directly employing in excess of 330 employees. We strongly believe in the growth and development of both our loyal and long-serving workforce, as well as local communities.

Interested in learning more? Contact the team today!