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It may seem obvious, but what is good practice?
We pride ourselves on remaining impartial in our dealings with any builder or client, and for this reason we are unable to recommended particular builders. However, we are able to offer guidance on what we think you should consider when making your choice.
One of the most important things is to not employ anyone who offers to carry out work without planning permission and / or Building Regulation approval, if these are required. The owner of a property is ultimately responsible for any building work carried out and may be liable to prosecution.
Deciding on a builder to carry out your building work can be a daunting task. We have put together a few suggestions that may help you choose the right builder for the job.
Make a list of possible builders
Making your choice
Remember, good quality builders will be happy to answer any of your questions and queries as they have nothing to hide. A reputable company is proud of its reputation and should always be willing to prove it.
Only a very small builder can avoid registration. Even unregistered builders still have to pay VAT on materials, tools and equipment, vehicles and their running costs.
The difference in price between a VAT-registered builder and a non-registered builder is much less than you would expect. If the builder is not registered, he will be passing the VAT on as a cost. VAT-free is a myth.
Cash in hand
It may be worth thinking about the following:
Peace of mind is worth a little extra cost.
You should ask for written details of the work to be carried out and the price you will have to pay.
For larger jobs, a written legal contract is strongly recommended, as this gives you the written consent of the builder to cancel the work if it is not being done to the correct specification or within the agreed timescale.
Agree a start and planned finish date. Remember, however, that completion may be delayed due to bad weather or unforeseen problems.
Making changes to your requirements once work has started may cause delays and possibly increase the risk of mistakes. Costs for the work may also change. If changes are essential, agree the cost and length of extra time needed before the changes start.
For further information on choosing a builder, please consult: