Post your job for free, get up to 3 quotes

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Find a local builder

This page has everything you’ll need to know about finding and hiring a local builder. Learn about this trade and how they can help you around the home.

Browse Builders

Take a look at our Builders profiles, read reviews and request quotes directly.

C.L.P roofing LTD and property maintenance

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Hannah on 26/10/2018

I didn’t meet the guy but had good communication to organise for him to go whilst at work. Job looks a good one from where I’m standing! Followed up afterwards with call.

Qualified and experienced electrician offering free estimates, no minimum fee and no call out charge. Based in Glasgow and delivering excellent customer service throughout central Scotland in electrical installation, repair fault finding and modernisation. Fully insured. Disclosure Scotland. All work undertaken.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Jack on 30/8/2018

Great job

We offer complete construction and landscaping services.More of our work can be seen at:.cnconstructionscouk

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Anouk on 11/11/2018

Quick and effiencent. Great job. I would recommend.

Sole trader. Single parent. Fault finding Jedi. Apple expert.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Lola on 12/11/2018

Very quick and helpful!

Years of experience: 25 years. Specialities: Plumbing, Laminate Flooring, Plastering, Rendering, Brickwork & Blockwork and All Aspects of Decorating. We value our customers opinions. It is in our interest to make our clients happy, at all times.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Alan on 13/11/2018

Dan fitted coving around two ceilings. he did a nice neat job and tidied up afterwards

We have over thirty years experience in 1st & 2nd fix carpentry ,internal and external from wardrobes and shelving to fences and decks.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Aravind on 9/11/2018

John has done a brilliant and efficient and cost effective job for us.

I have been trading over 20 years and cover all of Essex Pride my self on value for money and carry out my work to a very high standard

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by aaron on 20/7/2018

Great job- quoted at short notice and did the job the next day within the quote.

RGM Roofing is a family run roofing service providing our customers with protection from the elements. For the last 25 years we have dealt with hundreds of satisfied customers with great ratings from them all .

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Neil on 1/10/2018

Good job done in a timely manner.

At Lockhart Roofing and Brickwork Services, we believe in high quality workmanship, provided at very competitive prices. We give a 10 year guarantee on all roofing repairs & maintenance, along with specialist skills in leadwork. All quotes are free & no-obligation.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Peter on 1/11/2018

We will have him back in the future. Explained every part of the work in detail. All good.

Construction and Building Services offered.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by KK on 17/2/2018

A professional service, I would recommend Sid.

Post your job for free and up to 3 tradesmen will be in contact to quote

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Builders - what you need to know

The term ‘builder’ covers a broad range of possible work in your home. In general, a builder will take on larger structural jobs like loft conversions, home extensions and full renovations. They’ll assess what needs to be done and arrange for various specialist tradespeople to complete the work, while managing the whole project. They’re crucial to making complicated jobs run smoothly.

What a builder can help with

  • Conservatories.
  • House extensions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Basement conversions.
  • Renovations.
builder illustration

A builder won’t typically be very hands-on with tools. Instead, they’ll be arranging materials, submitting plans to councils, organising tradespeople, and communicating with you what’s happening and what decisions you need to make. They’ll also make sure that everything is being completed within your budget.

When undergoing a big job, there are bound to be issues discovered along the way, and a good builder will communicate these with you, as well as any effect on how long it’ll take to complete the whole project. Always factor in extra time and extra budget into your planning so that you’re not caught out.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a good way to give yourself extra space in your house, and as long as you stay within the (somewhat extensive) planning guidelines, you won’t need to get any planning permission. Conservatories are available in uPVC, timber and aluminium, which will give you plenty of options when thinking about design, build and durability. Depending on your budget and your tastes, you can either go for a standard or bespoke design.

The qualifications your builder needs

It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of any qualifications that a builder has listed on a profile page or elsewhere. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Trade bodies

The first thing you can do when considering a builder is to check they’re registered with an official trade body. There are several in the UK such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds.

You can see a full list of bodies on the British Associations site, or with TrustMark.

Gas Safe and Part P

Builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so that’s another thing you can check.

Competent person scheme

For any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for building jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - if you’re in a conservation area you you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you. You might also want to consider using an architect to help with the planning, design and necessary permissions.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for building work

Public liability insurance

Your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

 

 

Questions you should ask a builder

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking builders.

Building ideas

Check out how to create more space without moving house. Once the work is under way, make sure everything goes smoothly with our top tips for communicating effectively with your builder and how to make things as easy as possible. Last but not least, read advice from TV’s favourite property expert, and our brand ambassador, Phil Spencer – you and your builder.

How our service works

  • Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesperson, from over 30 different trades.

  • Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradespeople can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  • Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile page to see their ratings and reviews.

  • Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  • Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliability and value.


Recently completed jobs

Here's what's been happening in and around your area

Size of extension: 2 rooms...

Size of extension: 2 rooms Height of extension: 1 floor Room(s) to be in the extension: dining room 4M x 5.8M bRICK PITCHED ROOF WITH...

The chimney and or the...

The chimney and or the rendering on the rear of the house is damaged and water is seeping into the rear bedroom. I need this leak repaired. The house...

There is currently a fairly...

*Updated Lead* Changed information:budget There is currently a fairly derelict garage (that hasn't been used for 10 years or so) at the bottom of the...

Firewall needed in loft to...

Firewall needed in loft to divide two terraced cottages

Size of extension: 3 rooms...

Size of extension: 3 rooms Height of extension: 1 floor Room(s) to be in the extension: kitchen, lounge/living room, utility room ground floor...

Type of conversion: Dormer...

Type of conversion: Dormer conversion Room(s) to be in the conversion: 1 x bathroom, 1 x bedroom also have a verandah which i need to convert to...

Reconfiguration / Renovation...

Reconfiguration / Renovation Services required: bathroom installation, construction, demolition and/or wall removal Work relates to the following...

Reconfiguration / Renovation...

*Updated Lead* Changed information:description Reconfiguration / Renovation Services required: demolition and/or wall removal, plastering /...

Reconfiguration / Renovation...

Reconfiguration / Renovation Services required: electrical, flooring, painting / decorating, plastering / plasterboarding, plumbing, tiling - floors,...

we are a hotel, we wish to...

we are a hotel, we wish to change a basement room into a gym - it would require changing the floor maybe removing a cupboard - making good

How our service works

  1. Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesmen, from over 30 different trades.

  2. Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradesmen can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  3. Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile to see their ratings and reviews.

  4. Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  5. Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliablity and value.