Top Tips

  1. 10 tops tip for finding the right builder

1. Check a builder is in a trade body – the Federation of Master Builders, the Guild of Builders and Contractors, or the National Federation of Builders;

2. Ask for references and check them out;

3. Ask about a builder’s experience and qualifications;

4. Check whether the builder uses sub-contractors;

5. Does the builder have insurance if something goes badly wrong?

6. Always ask for a detailed quote, checking how long the price is guaranteed for;

7. Draw up a contract if the work you require is substantial;
8. Agree phases of work and stage-payments;

9. Ask a council inspector to check the work meets building regulations;

10. Keep a final payment until the work is complete and snags rectified.

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