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Choosing the right builder

If you are considering any building work you should choose a builder very carefully. As this is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make, you should thoroughly check any builder out before employing their services.

You should:

  • consider employing a professional to advise you. Surveyors and architects can help appoint builders and will monitor their work on your behalf
  • always obtain at least 3 written quotations and check them to ensure that all the work is quoted for
  • don’t automatically go for the cheapest quote especially if it is a lot cheaper than the others. Ask yourself why it is cheaper
  • try to visit 3 or 4 builder’s recently completed jobs. If possible speak to the owners about the builder’s work and ask about reliability, additional costs, quality and time taken
  • be wary of a builder who wants money before starting the work, although stage payments as work progresses are normal
  • builders often advertise that they are members of a trade association. You should check the validity of any claim and association quoted
  • if the builder is not local and is prepared to travel a long distance to undertake the work, ask yourself why he can’t get work in his own area
  • good builders will be happy to answer your questions and queries, as they have nothing to hide
  • do not make final payment until Building Control has issued a final certificate

We cannot recommend builders to you, but you may find these websites useful: