There are thousands of building and construction companies who design, build
and maintain Residential Property.
There are different types of
property and accommodation
that are built for people to reside in, such as Custom Homes and Modular and
Mobile Homes. Custom Homes are unique, bespoke houses that are built to a
personal specification according to the client’s wishes and demands. The client
has control over the size, location and the layout and may use plans submitted
by an architect he has contracted or may choose to enlist the services of a
professional Home Designer. The home is usually built on land that has already
been acquired by the client for the purpose of building a dwelling upon so it is
necessary to ensure that permission has been granted, and building regulations
have been approved before any building construction commences.
Whereas, a 'modular home' is factory built in sections and transported to the
building site. These can be slightly cheaper to build than a house built
on-site. Prospective Home Buyers can be put off by the idea that a modular home
is a cheap alternative, even though it has been proven that they last as long
and also increase in value.
The Building and Construction and Building Materials used in constructing houses
have to be approved and pass all kinds of stringent safety tests to ensure that
the materials that are used adhere to the latest safety regulations and also
that the sites where the work is carried out are as safe as possible to minimise
any potential accidents. Some site foremen cut corners in a bid to save money
and don’t ensure their ground workers and builders have the correct insurance or
safety equipment such as hard-hats, steel-capped boots and fluorescent
high-visibility vests. Because of this, it is always a good idea to check out
potential reviews against a listing of local builders and construction companies
on an online business directory.
Purpose-built and site houses are usually constructed from factory made bricks
and the interior walls are built using concrete bricks known as breeze blocks.
Years ago, bricks were individually made by hand, but as one can imagine this
process was very laborious and time-consuming, nowadays, it is still possible to
purchase hand-made bricks, but they are very expensive.
People wishing to invest in the services of an Interior Designer can find
listings of local and national companies and individuals offering this service
by accessing an online business directory (such as thebusinessindex.com) and
looking under the business category of ‘Interior Design’. The same applies to
people looking for a quirky individual type of house and fancy the idea of a
rustic hunting lodge built away from the city and hidden away from civilisation.
There are companies who deal specifically with this, and they can be found
online in a business directory under Log Homes Buildings and Cabins Dealers.
Similarly, most prospective buyers or seller go online to find the contact
details of local Estate Agents.
Prospective buyers, fed up with the bad weather and the lack of sunshine may
decide to purchase property overseas. To ensure that they have the necessary
information and are also given details on houses for sale abroad, they can
enlist the help of Overseas Property Agents and Realtors.
Property Appraisers determine the value of property and real estate and are used
when it is essential for buyers or sellers to know the market value of their
home. This is a widely-used term (although in the UK, they are more commonly
known as Valuation Agents or Surveyors). There are specific organisations such
as the Homeowners Associations who are a corporation responsible for the selling
of homes by direct means of marketing and managing the whole process.
Housing Authorities offer low rent properties to people who are unable or don’t
wish to purchase their own homes, and they build housing estates around the UK
which are specifically built for this purpose. They oversee the upkeep of the
properties and provide maintenance workers to deal with external and internal
faults and repairs within the estates.
Retirement Housing has seen a large building boom within the last few years and
many companies have purchased building plots and old houses with a few to making
new estates specifically geared towards people who are 55 years and above. Some
are sheltered housing, and they are warden controlled to ensure their safety but
also to maintain their independence as much as possible. Retirement houses and
flats are low maintenance to allow people that are getting older the chance to
enjoy life without having to regularly upkeep their garden or their property.
Businesses constructing residential properties have much pent up demand to meet
in future years. According to the Independent Newspaper, (November 2013) an
estimated 300,000 extra homes need to be built annually in order to alleviate
poor housing and to reduce council and housing authority waiting lists for newer
or bigger properties.