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What to Look For in a Trusted Garden Building Supplier

What to Look For in a Trusted Garden Building Supplier

So, you’ve finally decided to invest in a beautiful garden building – congratulations! Now that you’ve decided to enhance your garden with a gorgeous building and you have some design ideas in mind (there are many brilliant ways to make use of your garden building!), it’s time to focus on the practicalities of installing a new shed. First things first, you need to find a great garden building supplier that you can trust to deliver exceptional results. This will make the entire process much less stressful for you and ensure that your new custom garden building is of the highest quality. 

At Northern Log Cabins, we recognise that looking for a trusted garden building supplier can be daunting. That’s why we’re here to help. As the UK’s favourite log cabin installers, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about what makes a great company! With this in mind, we’ve put together some of the key factors and qualities to look for in a trusted garden building supplier. 

Recommendations from people you trust

When you’re searching for any new company, it’s always important to utilise the power of word of mouth. Many companies rely on recommendations and great reviews from their previous customers to attract new clients, and those that do will always go above and beyond to offer a brilliant service. After all, the future of their company depends on it. With this in mind, getting recommendations for companies from people you trust is a great first step to take when finding a garden building supplier.

Today, lots of people have bespoke sheds in their garden. From summerhouses to pool enclosures, it’s not uncommon to see homeowners making the most of their outdoor space with a custom building. Ask your friends, family and colleagues if they have one – or know anyone who does – and find out which company they worked with. If they had a positive experience, they’ll likely be happy to share the contact details of the manufacturer responsible!

Examples of the log cabin manufacturer’s work

Even if you trust the opinion of your family or friends wholeheartedly, it’s important to remember that different people have different tastes. Just because your mum loves her garden shed, it doesn’t mean you’ll want the exact same style! With this in mind, we’d recommend finding examples of the manufacturer’s work to gauge the style of garden building they specialise in. After all, some companies specialise in ultra-modern buildings with contemporary materials, such as glass and steel, whereas others design more traditional timber sheds. 

Some manufacturers also offer completely custom solutions, so this is worth bearing in mind. They may have the resources and expertise required to design a shed according to your exact specifications, so get in touch to ask what options are available. 

Solutions to suit your expectations

As we’ve mentioned, there are many companies that offer custom garden building solutions. Others will only supply and install pre-existing designs. When finding the right company for you, think about the solution you are looking for. Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a garden shed and you’re happy for the company to build it in your garden exactly as it is. Or, maybe you require a bespoke solution and a company that can offer this. Figuring out which option is right for you can help you find a great garden building supplier.

No matter which route you decide to go down, our recommendations for finding a trusted company still apply! However, when finding a company to design a custom solution, actively search for case studies and examples of their previous work. You should also find customer reviews to make sure previous clients were supported effectively while designing their new garden building. This leads us nicely onto the next thing you need to look for when sourcing a trusted building supplier!

Positive reviews and testimonials from previous clients

No matter what type of service you’re looking for, finding positive reviews from previous clients is vital. This is especially important when you’re hiring a company to build on your property. Designing and building a garden shed or log cabin is a significant investment, so you need to be confident in your chosen manufacturer’s ability to deliver exceptional results. One way to do this is to make sure their previous clients have been happy with the work delivered.

You can often find reviews and testimonials quite easily by searching for the company in question online or checking their social media channels. You can also look for reviews on the company’s website, but remember that these will have been cherry-picked to show only the best of the best. 

It’s not uncommon for companies to have a few reviews which are less than positive, so don’t be put off by one or two negative comments. However, if the overwhelming majority of reviews point to issues like unprofessionalism, safety threats or poor quality workmanship, it may be time to look elsewhere.

Accreditation from the Guild of Master Craftsmen

Checking that a garden building supplier is registered with the Guild of Master Craftsmen is a vital step. This is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you’re working with a trusted company with the accreditation and qualifications necessary to complete the job at hand safely. To become registered with the Guild of Master Craftsmen, a company must be assessed by a Regional Assessor. Looking for suppliers with proof of this assessment can give you the peace of mind you need. 

To check whether the company you’re hoping to work with is part of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, look for the logo on their website. Alternatively, visit the Guild’s website to double-check. Here, you can also find company reviews and contact information, if you haven’t found these already. 

Reasonable prices and free, no-obligation quotes

There’s no denying that bespoke garden buildings and log cabins are investments. If you find a company offering to design, manufacture and install a timber garden shed at prices that look too be good to be true, they probably are. However, that’s not to say that you can’t find brilliant companies with great services and reasonable prices. To find a trusted supplier that isn’t going to overcharge you, we’d recommend getting quotes from a selection of different companies. This way, you will be able to compare and contrast prices to find reasonable and affordable costs.

When it comes to collecting quotes, make sure they are free. Be wary of any company that charges you for an initial quote and any garden building installers who pressure you to make a decision quickly. Trusted companies recognise how important it is for clients to find a business that meets their needs exactly.

Personalised service and friendly employees

Finding a company with great customer service is more important than you might initially think! Even if the standard of work a company produces is of the highest quality, poor customer service should make you think twice about hiring them. After all, you want to feel comfortable that the manufacturers you’ve chosen to design and install your garden building will listen to your ideas and concerns. If the people responsible for building your garden shed are rude and impolite, you may not feel confident enough to ask important questions or push queries forward. For this reason, finding a team of polite, friendly and professional manufacturers is vital. 

To make sure your chosen installers offer a personalised service, it’s worth giving them a call to discuss your requirements. This will give you the opportunity to gauge their standard of customer service. It will also give you the chance to ask any questions you may have. Remember – if the team member you speak to can’t answer your questions with confidence, it may be time to look elsewhere. You only want the best of the best to design and install your bespoke garden shed.

Looking for a trusted log cabin company with worldwide delivery? Northern Log Cabins is here for you!

As one of the leading log cabin design and installation companies in the UK, we’re proud to offer an unbeatable service to our valued clients across the world. In addition to beautiful log cabin homes, we also specialise in the design, manufacture and fitting of bespoke garden buildings, including timber sheds, summerhouses and pool enclosures. Whether you require a gorgeous wooden log cabin delivered and installed in Driffield or a cosy garden building designed to enhance your home elsewhere in the UK, our team of experts is here for you. As part of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, exceptional service comes as standard when you choose Northern Log Cabins.

For more information about our design and installation services or to discuss our options for cabin delivery, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to helping you find your dream log cabin home or timber garden building. 

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