Tips on Selecting a Local Builder
Tip One: recommendations from friends and family.
The absolute best way to find a builder is through someone you know recommending them.
Although not fool-proof this method gives you the security that you know another person has
experienced the builders craftsmanship, time-keeping and costs. If they have had a good
experience and passed on the builders details then you should still follow the following tips just
to be on the safe side.
Tip Two: finding a local builder.
If you live in a village then you probably receive a local newsletter perhaps provided by the
parish council or a group of volunteers. These newsletters usually carry a wide selection of
tradesman that operate in your area, these very local builders have the added benefit of knowing
the area so if you were planning an extension to your home or adding a conservatory then the
chances are the builder would have some experience of planning approval in the UK.
If you don't receive a local newsletter then you may choose to look though a business directory,
local newspaper or the internet to source a builder you require for a project.
Tip Three: initial contact.
Once you have selected a small number of builders the next step is to contact them. Most people
would go straight in with asking for an informal quote over the phone, however it’s much more
beneficial to find out if the builder has had some experience of the particular project you have in
mind. Ask if you could be sent details of previous similar projects, some builders have a list of
people that have agreed to be contacted by prospective clients to seek feedback on completed
If the builder in more than happy to pass on details of other happy customers then move on to tip
Four, if not then keep looking until you find a builder that is confident in their previous work.
Remember happy previous customers could be friends or family of the builder so ask for a few
Tip Four: the consultation and quote from the builder.
At this point we can assume you have invited a builder round to survey the work needed and
provide you with a written quote. Please remember all builders at this point will come across as
charming and friendly but you need to side-step this technique and ask some really gritty
Find out how many years the builder has been trading for and the number of builders working for
the company. Ask the builder for a detailed report on the work needed to be carried out with a
breakdown of all costs involved. Remember that you are trying to ascertain if there will be
additional costs when you receive the final bill, by getting the builder to write a detailed quote
then you can begin to militate against increased prices.
Tip Five: agreeing the quote and commencing work.
Once you have a written contract which has a detailed report covering all the necessary work
AND shows a fixed cost then you can be sure you have selected the right local builder.