A Guide to Hiring a Builder
Welcome to the ultimate A-Z guide for hiring a builder with everything you need to know about the services they offer. You can also find the contact details of the most highly rated builders and construction companies in the UK or search for a builder in your local area.
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Top rated builders in the UK
The following UK builders have received the highest ratings from their local communities:
Birch Contracting Services Ltd5 5 507940 46659423 Carr Lane, Southport, PR83EE
We pride ourselves in being a modern companyMore Info
Hardy's Building & Roofing Ltd1 1 507885 3622256 Judy Haigh Lane, Dewsbury, WF120QB
Reputable Building and Roofing Company Established Since 1983More Info
Paul Kaye Builders3 3 50161 973 96805 South Meade Timperley, Altrincham, WA156QL
The One-Stop Solution For All of Your Building NeedsMore Info
A B Building Services2 2 501278 784256100 Burnham Road, Highbridge, TA93EG
Specialising in Building Work From Extensions to RenovationsMore Info
ASB Property Services UK Ltd1 1 501480 8914142 Blacksmiths Lane, Ellington, Huntingdon, PE280AG
Family-Run Business Established 2004More Info
Colin Lynch Builders1 1 501992 717370106 Beaconsfield Rd, Enfield, EN36AX
MOB: 07836 515228 PROPERTY RENOVATION SPECIALISTS.More Info
R.R.Roofing & Building Of Musselburgh2 2 50131 610 014526 Pinkie Ter, Musselburgh, EH217NE
Flat Roofing SpecialistsMore Info
B & D Roofing & Building1 1 501875 82107112/Ashbank/Vogrie Rd, Gorebridge, EH234NH
Roofing On A Whole New LevelMore Info
Atlantic Builders UK Ltd5 5 507774 15665574 Meads Lane, Ilford, IG38QN
Your Local Authority Approved Contractors and Which? Trusted Trader.More Info
Handford Construction Limited3 3 501420 476606Handford House, 98 Chase Rd, Lindford, Bordon, GU350RR
The Higher Standard in Construction in SurreyMore Info
J A Maxwell & Son1 1 501474 358165370 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, DA117PE
For All Your Building Needs Since 1959More Info
Downs Bros5 5 501275 75918816 Atkins Cl, Bristol, BS148JS
Professional Bathroom Fitters & Bathroom Design in BristolMore Info
Thomas Stewart Builders Ltd2 2 50141 237 212017 Underwood Rd, Paisley, PA31TQ
Friendly Professional Quality Tradesmen In PaisleyMore Info
F W Builders5 5 5020 8449 603694 Northumberland Road, New Barnet, Barnet, EN51EE
MOB: 07469 206183 - Complete Building Solutions In Barnet.More Info
W Brown & Son5 5 5020 8890 298025 Kingsmead Avenue, Sunbury On Thames, TW165HW
Providing All Building & Roofing Work with over 32,000 jobs CompletedMore Info
DS Building Services (Doncaster) Ltd1 1 507515 2669633 Milne Grove, Bircotes, Doncaster, DN118AP
Qualified, Local, Reliable Builder with 12 years experienceMore Info
Chirton Building Co5 5 501380 739587Sir Ralph Trade Centre, Hopton Rd, Devizes, SN102FD
Professional Builders in Devizes, Wiltshire & Surrounding AreasMore Info
J Jolliffe Ltd5 5 5020 8989 00943 Gwynne House/High Street, London, E111QH
Family Est Business Since 1866 - Building, Decorating Specialists.More Info
Nottingham Building Company Limited3 3 50115-9297791Unit 20 Daybrook Business Centre, Nottingham, NG56AT
Professional Building & Roofing Services in NottinghamMore Info
Paul Johnson Roofing & Building2 2 501752 364466145 Lakeside Drive, Plymouth, PL52SJ
Serving a wide area throughout Plymouth and surroundsMore Info
O'Leary Construction1 1 501793 6121783 Barrington Close, Swindon, SN36HF
"Built to Perfection"More Info
Deacon & Sons Builders Ltd5 5 507973 68102113 Bradgate Rd, Hinckley, LE101LAMore Info
New City Developments (Derby) Ltd1 1 507973 77830124 Waldene Drive, Alvaston, Derby, DE240GZ
Property Renovations to Rely On in Alvaston, DerbyMore Info
R M Contracts5 5 501423 87396813 Mount Gardens, Harrogate, HG28BS
Roofing & Building Specialists In HarrogateMore Info
Jaden Building & Landscaping Ltd1 1 501223 83522427 Sunderlands Avenue, Sawston, Cambridge, CB223JUMore Info
What does a builder do?
Builders are often responsible for seeing a large project through from start to finish. For example, during a new house build, the builder is responsible for transforming the architects' blueprints into a physical reality. This includes surveying the land, organising permits, laying the foundations, erecting the framework of the house and overseeing the work of other tradesmen working on-site.
To be able to carry out all of the above tasks effectively, builders must have a working knowledge of all the various trades involved in the project, from carpentry and bricklaying to plumbing and electrics. This allows them to assess whether or not the work of other tradesmen is being completed to the correct standard and in the right order.
Why should you hire a builder?
A professional builder isn't just there to work, they are there to help you piece the entire project together. This includes helping you with everything, from the initial ideas and designs to the schedule of construction and the supply of all the necessary materials to transform your vision into a reality.
The experience and technical know-how of a professional builder is also invaluable when unexpected problems occur. When this happens, your builder can help you overcome these obstacles with practical solutions and helpful suggestions. You can also rely on your builder to have a network of professional contacts within the industry to secure the best possible prices from suppliers and subcontractors.
You can also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that a professional builders work is covered by a warranty. They will also hold liability insurance that protects you should an accident occur during your construction project.
How much do builders charge?
As with most trades, there is no universal rate for building services. So prices will vary based on your location and the type of project you need help with. The good news is that you can usually arrange a fixed price for the project rather than paying hourly or daily rates. This is an excellent way to keep costs under control and also inspire your builder to get the work completed on time!
As ever, the best thing to do is to search for a local builder on Thomson Local and reach out to several companies for a quote. You can then compare these quotes with other factors, such as the building services each company offers and the reviews they have received from previous customers. This will allow you to make an informed decision about which builder to hire for your project.
Do builders have to be qualified?
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a builder, so in many cases, a builder will be self-taught on the job or will have completed an apprenticeship. There are some training courses available from providers such as City and Guilds that cover the various aspects of the building trade. Some builders will also take part in specialist training programs to become a certified expert in a specific aspect of building such as loft conversions. Specific licenses must also be gained for the operation of construction vehicles such as diggers.
Many builders will also join respected trade associations such as the National Federation of Builders and the Federation of Master Builders. These trade bodies work with their members to uphold high standards within the building industry. If you would like to hire a builder with a trade association membership then simply filter your search by trade bodies when you search for a local builder on Thomson Local.
What services do builders offer?
Most builders offer a wide variety of services, ranging from simple home improvements to full-scale commercial projects. Here are the most common services that you can expect to find on offer.
General building work
This covers a wide range of things, from erecting a new brick wall in your garden to moving a doorway in your house. Generally, if it’s a job that requires some form of construction or deconstruction then a builder is the best person for the job.
A loft or attic conversion is a great way to add functional space and even value to your home. Many people opt for a loft conversion to add an additional bedroom, home office or even a gym to their house.
Adding an extension to your house is a wonderful way to gain additional space and even transform the entire flow of your home. Depending on the extension you go for, this could allow you to add additional bedrooms, bathrooms or even just extra space for existing rooms such as the kitchen.
Your builder will be able to advise you on the options available to you, including whether or not you are likely to be granted planning permission from your local council.
If you have an unused or dilapidated barn then a builder can transform it into a wonderful living space or practical commercial unit. This is often a cheaper alternative to building a new property from scratch.
Installing partition walls
Your builder can install a partition wall into a large bedroom to create two smaller bedrooms. They can also be used to create corridors through existing rooms, which is invaluable in some older properties where the bathroom can only be accessed via a bedroom.
Kitchen and bathroom fitting
If you need assistance fitting a new kitchen or bathroom, then your local builder will be able to help. This is particularly useful if you need assistance disposing off the old fixtures and fittings too.
Fire and flood damage repair
Fires and floods can be devastating to property and require specialist care to recover from fully. Your local builders will have experience in emergency repairs and can help you to get your property back in good condition again.
Adding a garage to your property is an excellent way to add value and functional space for your car. Many people will often transform their garage into office space or even a home gym, so it's well worth checking with your builder to see what your best options are.
Need to hire a builder?
If you need to hire a local builder, then please visit our builders page and search in your local area. You'll then be able to find contact details, reviews and a full list of the services that each building company provides.