Buy with Confidence website
You can search for builders who have been approved by Trading Standards on the Buy with Confidence website.
There are a number of basic precautions that you should take whenever you are choosing a builder.
Visit previous work
Try and visit three or four of the builder's recently completed jobs and if possible, speak to the owners about the builder's work.
Ask two or three builders for estimates in writing. Check that all work is included.
Do not automatically choose the lowest one. Having work done cheaply may result in shoddy workmanship and sub-standard materials being used.
Check their membership
Builders often claim to be members of trade associations. Contact you local builders association and ask for a list of registered members.
Ask to see your builder's public liability insurance certificate.
Contact your own insurance company to find out if the work might affect your home and contents insurance.
Agree the work and put it in writing
You should make an agreement or contract in writing with your builder. It should include:
all work to be done
date of completion
security and safety
catering and lavatory arrangements
disposal of waste materials
hours of working
Please bear in mind any extra requests during the works may incur a cost at the end of the project.
Ask questions now, do not wait until it is too late.