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:
D & S Building2 2 507840 15548926 Tyler Grove, Great Barr, Birmingham, B436DL
Friendly & Reliable Building Services in BirminghamMore Info
Wayne Patterson4 4 50161 401 163437 Wrenbury Drive, Rochdale, OL164PJ
North Manchester's Premier Builder.More Info
R.R.Roofing & Building Of Musselburgh2 2 50131 610 014526 Pinkie Ter, Musselburgh, EH217NE
Flat Roofing SpecialistsMore Info
Handford Construction Ltd1 1 501252 72452998 Chase Road, Bordon, GU350RR
The Higher Standard in Construction.More Info
PP Builders & Son Ltd1 1 501236 4900838 Souterhouse Road, Coatbridge, ML54AA
Quality Builders for Lanarkshire & Surrounding AreasMore Info
Mogford Prescott Ltd2 2 50117 950 871712 High Street, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS93DU
Maintaining your home or businessMore Info
Atlantic Builders UK Ltd5 5 507774 15665574 Meads Lane, Ilford, IG38QN
Your Local Authority Approved Contractors and Which? Trusted Trader.More Info
B & D Roofing & Building1 1 501875 82107112/Ashbank/Vogrie Rd, Gorebridge, EH234NH
Roofing On A Whole New LevelMore Info
TJW Carpentry & Building Ltd2 2 507557 9935517 Cleveland Grove, Newbury, RG141XF
Quality Building Services In NewburyMore Info
Direct Building Contractors5 5 5029 2021 76682 Twyn-y-Fedwen Road, Cardiff, CF141HU
WILL YOUR HOUSE BE READY FOR WINTER...More Info
Sittibuilders Ltd1 1 501795 252660Unit D2A Bonham Drive Eurolink Ind Pk, Sittingbourne, ME103RY
Reliable Renovation Contractors & Builders in Maidstone, KentMore Info
A B Building Services2 2 501278 784256100 Burnham Road, Highbridge, TA93EG
Specialising in Building Work From Extensions to RenovationsMore Info
Albany Design & Build3 3 501922 50007510 Broadmeadow Lane Great Wyrley, Walsall, WS66EJ
Long Established Expert BuildersMore Info
K G Croft Building Contractors1 1 5020 8886 0832144 Morton Way, London, N147AL
Mob: 07831 244725 - All Aspects Of Building Work Undertaken.More 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 507860 6566535 South Meade Timperley, Altrincham, WA156QL
The One-Stop Solution For All of Your Building NeedsMore Info
S G 6 Construction Ltd1 1 501462 67059110 Howard Drive, Letchworth Garden City, SG62BW
Highly Recommended Throughout Hertfordshire.More Info
J A Maxwell1 1 501474 358165370 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, DA117PE
For All Your Building Needs Since 1959More Info
R J E Build & Construct1 1 507590 38410872 Westmorlands Road, Coventry, CV25BT
For All Your General Building Needs!More Info
Downs Bros5 5 501275 75918816 Atkins Cl, Bristol, BS148JS
Professional Bathroom Fitters & Bathroom Design in BristolMore Info
Coast to Coast Construction1 1 507496 19835496A Billacombe Road, Plymouth, PL97EZ
Expert Building & Refurbishment in DevonMore Info
Nigel Gaskell Builders2 2 507966 158343Langdon, The Green, Lawshall, Bury St. Edmunds, IP294QJ
Nigel Gaskell BuildersMore Info
Gre-eco Design & Build5 5 501924 842463Unit 4/Mallard Industrial Park/Charles Street, Horbury, Wakefield, WF45FD
Design and Build - Tailored to your Individual NeedsMore Info
KPBD Ltd5 5 507739 9016569 Bellina Mews, London, NW51BD
KPBD LtdMore Info
Keith Hinsley & Sons2 2 501204 391797218 Brodick Drive, Bolton, BL26UF
Don't Move! Improve! The Affordable Way, Builders In BoltonMore 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.