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How to find a reliable, local builder

If you’re thinking of hiring a builder, there are a few things you need to consider before you request a quote. We recommend you take the time to research a builder who will make sure work is carried out safely and professionally.  

Why hiring a local building contractor is important 

If you can, it’s always a good idea to hire a builder who works locally. The benefits of this include: 

  1. Getting a speedy response for urgent renovations or projects that span multiple days 
  2. Builders near you are familiar with your area’s climate, and will be able to recommend materials and methods that are well suited to your region  
  3. Local builders will be familiar with your area’s building regulations and the permits you’ll need to get before building work can begin 

Find a local builder by posting a job today. 

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What is the cost of typical building projects? 

Your builder can help you with a range of different projects, from bricklaying to refurbishments. They work on existing properties as well as new builds. Below, we cover a few of the top jobs builders frequently carry out, alongside their average cost: 

Type of job Average cost  
Conservatory £30,000 – £40,000 
House extension £45,000 – £142,000 
Garage conversion £18,000 – £28,300 
Basement conversion £120,000 – £160,000 
Loft conversion £40,000 – £150,000 
Cavity wall insulation £700 – £6,100 

Your building company will likely use a team of specialists to complete your project, so make sure to include plenty of details about your job when you request a quote.  

Some projects call for specific tradespeople. For example, you’ll need a bathroom fitter for a new bathroom refurbishment, or a kitchen specialist for a kitchen renovation. Driveway replacements are carried out by driveway specialists. 

How much you end up spending on a building job will depend on a range of factors, including the size and scope of your project and where you live in the UK. 

For more information on costs and other considerations involved in getting these projects done in 2023, check out our home improvement cost guides: 

For landscaping projects, read our garden landscaping cost guide or speak to a garden landscaper. Or, if you’re hoping to get a wooden structure built, then speak to a carpentry specialist. 

Planning permission for building jobs 

Whether or not you’ll need to apply for planning permission will depend on the scope of your project.  

Your builders will be able to advise you on what approval you’ll need, so make sure you ask during the hiring process. For more information on building regulations, read our planning permission guide or visit the Planning Portal website. 

Factors to consider when choosing a local builder 

Choosing a reliable building company to carry out work on your home is very important. Failing to do this can result in stress and expensive repairs.   

Before you hire, you should do your research to ensure that your tradespeople: 

  1. Are a skilled company with a strong history of high standard projects  
  2. Have all the necessary licenses and insurance needed to protect you and their workers 
  3. Have a good range of positive reviews from previous customers vouching for their reliability  
  4. Are offering the building services you need, and are available to carry out the work in the timeframe you need it to be completed by 
  5. Are quoting a price and payment option that you are happy with, having compared the quote with other building companies  


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Questions to ask a building contractor 

Do you have public liability insurance and what does this cover? 

While it’s not a requirement for them to have it, it’s a good idea for your builders to have public liability insurance to cover you and them against any accidental damage done to your home or personal injuries. Make sure to always ask your builder what insurance they have before you hire them. This will guarantee protection for both parties and ensure your builder is legally compliant. 

How many years of experience do you have? 

Knowing how many years of experience your builder has will allow you to pick a tradesperson who you are confident has enough experience to carry out a high-quality job. When you’re finding a builder through Rated People, head over to their profile to check out the pictures on their work gallery and their ratings and reviews. 

Do you use subcontractors? If so, are they licensed and insured? 

If your builder is planning on using subcontractors, then it’s a good idea to confirm the qualifications and insurance coverage of everyone who will be working on the project. Your builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialists, whether they’re subcontractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone installing electrics (in England and Wales) needs to be Part P certified to be able to self-certify their work. These tradespeople will have valid documentation that you can ask to check. 

What is your estimated timeline for completing the project? 

Knowing what the estimated timeline for completing the project is will help you set realistic expectations about how long your renovation will take to complete. 

How much will the job cost? 

Asking how much the job will cost will help you budget for your project and will ensure price transparency before you hire. How much you’ll end up spending depends on the scope of your project, and where you live in the UK, so make sure you add plenty of details when you post a job. 

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Tips for working with a local builder 

  1. Be crystal clear about what you want and how much you’re willing to spend. Clear communication is key to ensuring you and your builder are on the same page about your project’s requirements and your budget constraints 
  1. Stay in the loop and ask for updates as the project unfolds. This will allow you to address any potential issues before they escalate 
  1. Make sure you document agreements or changes to the original plan. Keeping a written record of all modifications to your project, including timelines and costs, will serve as a valuable reference point to prevent misunderstandings and ensure work is carried out to a high standard 
  1. If you have any concerns, talk to your builder straight away. Open discussion is more likely to lead to a swift resolution, and will help you maintain a positive working relationship with your builders 

Find a skilled builder in your local area 

Well trained Locksmith with over 10 years of experience. All sorts of locks fixed or replaced, Aluminium windows and doors, Upvc windows and doors, Timber windows and doors, Bi-Fold doors, Sliding doors, Patio doors, French doors and more.

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Reviewed by Jean on 24/2/2024

Chris was very professional, on time and very reasonable priced. I would definitely recommend this locksmith.

Westscapes garden design construction and maitance. Professional Polite Courteous service at all times. With over 20 years experience

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Reviewed by Nuala on 28/11/2016

Very quick response to advert. Seemed to understand exactly what I was looking for and even gave me tips on how to save money. Job was carried out to a very high standard. Would definitely use again.

Explore the comprehensive services offered by CDL Building & Carpentry Ltd in the Swansea and Baglan areas. Our range includes: You’ll be amazed at the vast range of services available in the Swansea, Baglan area from CDL Building and Carpentry. These include: New builds Complete office refurbishments Complete shop fitting Extensions Conservatories Loft conversions Kitchens Bathrooms Tiling Garden walls Windows & doors Roofs Repointing Fascias Guttering Flooring Patios Driveways Paving Decking & fencing Plastering All interior carpentry Lime rendering Lime pointing Sand/shoot blasting Fiberglass roofing Fencing New build home / self builds Damp Proofing CDL Building & Carpentry Ltd delivers excellence in every project. Contact us to turn your vision into reality with our professional and reliable services.

the owner of j and I roofing also in partnership with pro spec plumbing. I have been in the roofing trade since learning of my grandfather as a young boy first climbing ladders I am a dedicated precise and trustworthy tradesmen with a group of five men working for me all polite with a great work ethic. I started my company back in 2015 and have been persistent with my jobs with customer satisfaction always kept at a high standard.

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Reviewed by Ben on 23/2/2024

Jordan at J&L replaced our garage roof, he was prompt, easy to deal with and got the job done quickly following damage caused by a storm. New roof looks great and is a big improvement.

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Reviewed by Judith on 5/8/2023

We are a family owned roofing and building company with 25 plus years of experience in the trade We specialise in all roofing work from a loose tile to complete renewal please have a read through our ratings to se customer satisfaction

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Reviewed by Katherine on 26/7/2023

Excellent service.

Hi at jays property maintenance we run a family run business that are specialists in flat roofing new roofs Chimley rebuilds lead work and all aspects of property maintenance.with a 5 million public liability insurance.

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Reviewed by Mark on 10/12/2023

Great job, wife's a happy lady with the colour match.

Harley home improvements is a full renovation company we supply joiners. Fitters. Plumbers. Electricians, landscapers. Gas engineers, builders We’re are also on face book my builder which has have loads of work photos and reviews for customers to see and to give them a piece of mind We are a company that takes on all jobs big or small a company that keeps in communication with there customers 100% committed we are a company you can rely on with timing’s and workmanship

At House of Glass, we are a genuine family run business, we believe in personalised, professional and affordable home improvements that get your property looking at its very best. We have years of experience and a lot of pride in what we do, which is why you can always depend on us. Being a family run business, we don’t use sales reps that charge high commissions and we don’t use external fitters. This maximises your savings and gives you the best possible price and service, right from the start. We also offer spread the cost options, please contact us for T's & C's We offer a wide range of services from replacement windows & doors, flat roofing, sky pods, solid conservatory roofing to new build orangery's and conservatories. Main work we undertake But are not limited to UPVC Windows in every colour and any style UPVC French and patio doors Bi-folding doors Composite doors Stable doors Flat roofing (with or without sky pod) Sky pods Conservatory roof replacements Solid insulated conservatory roofing Orangery styled conservatory roofing Light weight tiled roofing Glass & polycarbonate conservatory roofing New build conservatories and orangeries Thank you for taking the time to consider our profile, we look forward to hearing from you! House Of Glass Limited

Hi, Let me introduce myself. My name is Armin from Sula Construction & Building Ltd.I’m a carpenter by trade, with 13 years of experience on Construction . I have been working on Loft Conversion, Garage Conversion, Extension, Refurbishment and new buildings. I have mates who are experienced on Gardening, Decking , Paving, Drive way, Flooring, Painting and Decorating . I’m doing quality work with 100% responsibilities.

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Reviewed by Asal on 29/10/2021

Great job on building the brick wall, good communication and swift delivery. Armin was very responsive and offered solutions. Would definitely recommend

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Reviewed by Colin on 9/1/2024

UPVC Fascias soffits guttering Missing ridge tiles lost in winds Fascias and gutters cleaned and sealed Bird guards chimney capped Dry verge/dry ridge systems Repointing ridge tiles/eaves Apex Bird guards for solar panels Chimney repointing Moss removal Slipped tiles Leaks

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Reviewed by Mick on 28/2/2024

Prompt arrival, job done the same morning, video shown to prove work carried out.

I have been self employed for 7 1/2years now, I really enjoy the freedom it gives me to take on a wide variety of projects and the responsibility that comes with creating what customers want. I believe I have a good eye for detail, and i work hard with my customers to implement their ideas. I give alternative ideas and thoughts to give customers a better overview of what they could have and potentially achieve. I like to think I’m relaxed, easy going and approachable and i think the relationship between customer and tradesman is as crucial as the work itself. I have worked all over the country on a wide range of projects installing timber bridges, boardwalks, and jetties. This gave me great experience, dealing with customers and problem solving. I thoroughly enjoy my work and love working outdoors, helping to create great gardens for people to enjoy.

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Reviewed by Ray on 29/2/2024

Ben worked in all weathers. Ben and his team worked really hard and really happy with our fencing, which required the clearing of boundary trees and brambles, highly recommend and will definitely use again

LITA CONTRACTORS LTD We are a family owned construction company with over 10 years of successful commercial and residential building projects. Based in London, we help clients with all kinds of construction needs, with existing plans or brand-new designs and solutions. Some of our services include: - Ground work - Drainage - Basements - First Fix & Second Fix - Kitchen & Bathroom Fit Out - RC Frame & Steel Frame We are specialised in delivering reliable and best quality services that will last a generation.

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Reviewed by James on 24/1/2024

Excellent work from Haki - quick to respond, diligent getting the work done and for a reasonable price. Would certainly hire him again and recommend to others

Nick Welcomes you to Sycamore Property Maintenance. We are a Tameside based company that prides itself on quality of workmanship and working to customers deadlines. We pride ourselves on great levels of customer service and importantly client satisfaction, which we achieve by using the best professionals, ensuring an exceptional finish, delivering on time and importantly within budget. Our aim is nothing short of 100% client satisfaction from conception to completion It is inevitable that any building project can be a very stressful time for clients and their families, whether you are building yourself a new home, an extension or simply require some general maintenance things can be overwhelming. Here at Sycamore Property Maintenance. We will ensure your experience with us will be a comfortable one from start to finish. we pride ourselves on constant quality workmanship and set ourselves high standard throughout each project. We are a company that focuses on customer care. We guarantee that the work will be completed on-time, on-budget, and above all else to an excellent standard. With our dedicated team of friendly qualified tradesmen and our successful relationships with all our clients, you will have peace of mind that you are in safe hands, and you will receive no less than a top quality job that you can be proud of.

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Reviewed by Claire on 31/3/2019

Very fast service. Well within my budget.

We are a company with large experience in painting, plaster, laying laminate, tiling,brick work, fencing and much more. Over 20 years experience.

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Reviewed by Purnima on 13/1/2024

Ionel and his friend Alin provided a great service. They came promptly to fix a problem that another plumber created. Ionel regrouted the tiles in the shower to a good standard and cleaned up after himself. They gave good advice as well. I will use them again. Thank you

TradeTech, Top rated with Rated people, offer a full exterior/interior property maintenance and restoration service covering North Norfolk and Norwich. Between us we have many years experience and are established and experienced in a variety of trades. We can provide a full range of services (please see list) for our customers in which we take great pride. We have worked on new properties right through to period buildings from the 1600s, replacing and repairing pitched and flat roofs and leadwork, diagnosing water ingress issues, We are also adept in fitting rubber, EPDM roof coverings. Landscaping, restoration/ lime mortar work maintaining large gardens and trees, erecting fencing, turfing etc. We have access to machinery such as diggers and associated equipment so no job too big too manage. We can offer references and photos when required, please check our ratings, we always go the extra mile to ensure our customers get the best job possible. We also offer roof reports for insurance purposes and garden design. Fully insured, we offer a complete and professional service. All work guaranteed as appropriate.

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Reviewed by Chris on 28/2/2024

contacted them Monday site visit later that day which included checking inside as well as the chimney on the roof. Accepted their quote They asked if they could come Saturday as a supplier had let them down on another job I agreed and 3 people came and completed what I had asked by early afternoon. Very pleasant people and knowledgeable about what was required. I have no problem in recommending them to readers of this forum

Welcome to One Stop Roofing Specialists Ltd. We are a Family run business and we are very proud owners of One Stop Roofing specialist we are here for you to make the best of your property. I am a one to one person and you will deal directly with me. I have over 25 years in the building industry, we specialise in meeting your needs and we are here to help in every way. We are friendly and knowledgeable, and we offer a wide range of services. We take pride in our work and over the years our professionalism has resulted in a number of letters from satisfied customers. All our work is guaranteed and we are also able to provide guarantees for the larger scopes of works. No job is too BIG or SMALL all work is done to perfection always use the best products when we carry out work. ALL WORK IS GUARANTEED We are a 24hour Business We Specialise in all Types of: New Roofs Roof Repairs Dry Verge Systems UPVC Fascia & Soffits New Guttering & Downpipes Flat Roofs Chimneys Rebuilt or Re-Pointed Ridge Tiles Brick Work New Walls Exterior Painting Exterior Plastering. Jet / Pressure Washing Moss Removal Roof Cleaning & Gutter Cleaning Brings any surface back to LIFE after cleaning all surfaces is Treated and Protected. We provide high quality services, we make it very stress free for our clients and arrange everything if needed like Scaffolding and Skip hire etc if needed for the job we are here to help.

You can see the reviews on a other website I am on, it’s called Nextdoor. We are reliable, trustworthy and have great customer service. We always do a good job and have a great eye to detail. We do most garden work just to name a few weeding, hedges, edging, maintaining soil beds, slabbing, block paving ?( ground work), Pressure washing patios and driveways, removing rubbish and if you like your stripes we also do grass.

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Reviewed by Gul on 26/2/2024

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