Thinking why move when you can improve? Then you’re going to need the services of a professional builder if you want to update, extend or completely revamp your current home.
Building work can be disruptive at the best of times so making sure you choose the right builder for the job is imperative.
Whether you’re looking to completely renovate or add an extension to improve your home and add space and value, because of what’s involved, building work usually means laying out a considerable amount of time and money. And with so many builders to choose from, it can be difficult and time consuming just to find the right builder for your job.
Some building firms will be able to cater for all your requirements from a full-on extension to foundation and ground works, but there will also be more local-based traders who excel at one specific requirement like refurbishment, demolition or underpinning.
When it comes to selecting a builder, there are a number of things to consider. Recommendations and referrals, whether from family and friends or architects and surveyors, are a good place to start. Always make sure you obtain at least three quotes estimating the cost of the work involved, and get everything in writing.
Check also whether the builder is a member of a respected trade body – such as the National Federation of Builders (NFB) or the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) – and that they have public liability insurance.
Builders undertake a variety of jobs, big and small. These can include:
Builder Guide will help find the best option and price for you. We have building firms and local builders listed capable to cover all forms of building work who can offer their specialist workmanship to help improve your home.
So if it’s a loft conversion or a bricklayer you need, we’ll have them ready and waiting to quote you today. We have builders who specialise in garage conversions and cellar conversions, as well as those who can carry out general building work or handle a new build project.
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