Building work can be extremely stressful, disruptive and costly. An added worry is that we may fall prey to ‘Cowboy Builders’.
To minimize the nerve-wracking impact of building work and shoddy workmanship, it is important to find a good builder.
It is often best to find a good builder through a personal recommendation, although this is not always possible. Where this is not possible there are a number of useful steps which can be followed to choose a builder. These include:
- Consult professional bodies such as The Federation of Master Builders and the Construction Employers Federation to obtain lists of suitable builders from them.
- Get quotes for at least three builders to compare and ask for these in writing
- Get a contract drawn up for all works covered to include the extent of the works, the cost and a timeframe for it to be completed
- Ask to see a copy of the builder public liabilities insurance certificate.
For further information about choosing a good builder see the following:
The TrustMark Scheme is supported by the government to help people find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen.
Their online search tool may help you find a tradesman. In order to be approved for the scheme tradesmen have to meet a variety of standards the government sets relating to various issues such as quality of work and health and safety. Trustmark tradesmen are independently checked and undergo regular inspections.
Trading Standards also have lists of TrustMark tradesmen available in various areas.