Building a new extension, conservatory or orangery is a big investment. There is a ton of competition and therefore it’s vital that you do your homework. But how do you know what to look for in a conservatory or orangery supplier?

We’ve compiled a few questions to help you weed out the cowboys so you can have confidence in your chosen supplier.

How Long Have You Been In Business?

Many companies go out of business in the first few years of trading so its important to know that your chosen supplier has stood the test of time.

How Long Are Your Guarantees & What Happens To My Deposit If You Stop Trading Before Completing My Project?

A reputable conservatory or orangery supplier should have insurance backed guarantees in place to protect your money. Their guarantee should also extend to after-care service to ensure that any potential problems that arise will be put right in a timely fashion.

Where Can I See Examples Of Your Work?

One of the best ways to satisfy yourself that a conservatory or orangery supplier is qualified to complete your project is by viewing their work. Suppliers who have satisfied, or delighted customers should be able to give you contact details of people you can speak with.

Can You Help With Planning Permission?

Not every project requires planning permission but for those that do, the idea of going through the process with the local authority can feel daunting. A reputable conservatory or orangery supplier should be familiar with regulations and be able to advise you and manage any permission required. Don’t forget to ask what costs might be associated with this service.

Can I See Examples Of The Products You Use?

Some conservatory or orangery suppliers have a showsite you can visit to view their products and discuss your project. But even if the supplier has not showsite, they should bring examples of their products for you to see.

Why Can’t You Tell Me What It Will Cost Right Now?

Every single project is unique and therefore until final measurements and design specifications are agreed, a final cost can’t be provided by your conservatory or orangery supplier. An experienced company should be able to give you a ballpark figure based on your estimate of size and style but it will be subject to final information.

These questions are a great place to start when it comes to selecting a conservatory or orangery supplier.

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