Choose a builder

Choosing a builder or tradespeople to work on your home can be a daunting task and you want to ensure you're picking the best people to bring your dreams to life. We've rounded up our top tips the help you ensure you're getting everything you need before agreeing on any work. 

Useful tips when choosing builders:

  • Get personal recommendations from friends and neighbours
  • Get a quotation from more than one builder
  • Decide exactly what you want before asking for a quote
  • Ask the builder for references from other clients
  • Don't be hurried into a decision
  • Agree on payment terms
  • Avoid paying the total amount upfront (we recommend you avoid paying the total amount upfront if possible, however, your builder may require stage payments depending on the length of the contract and amount of work involved)
  • Consider using a building contract that sets out precise arrangements for the work to be done and what is expected from you and your builder

Further reading from LABC

How to avoid cowboy builders (and how LABC can help)