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How do I find a reputable builder near me?

You’ve searched for ‘builders near me’ or ‘building companies near me’ because you’re looking for local builders who are recommended, talented, and will provide a top service.

Whether planning a big construction project or renovating your home, knowing where to find the best builders near you is important. And knowing what to look out for is just as key.

With many options available, finding a reliable and trustworthy builder near you is a daunting task. This is especially true when you consider how many cowboys and unregulated companies there are in the world.

Choosing your builder or building contractor isn’t something you want to get wrong.

You can find the best builders around the corner from you in just a few clicks. Here’s how:

By using our handy request a quote feature

All you have to do is tell us what job you need a builder for. We’ll then contact your local builders on Checkatrade and ask them to contact you directly.

By looking through our website for your local builders

Just search your postcode below and we’ll give you a list of our top builders near you. You can view their profiles, check out photos of their work, and read their latest reviews.

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The best part about searching for your local builders on Checkatrade is that only builders who meet our high standards and pass our quality checks will appear for you.

And to top it off, we’re so confident in the quality of our trades on Checkatrade that if you book through us, we guarantee* their work up to £1,000.

*Guaranteed for 12 months – Eligibility and T&Cs apply.

Let’s start with your top question: ‘How do I find recommended builders near me?’

Some top search queries include ‘what building companies are near me?’ and ‘how do I find good local builders near me?’ So, to answer all these questions, we’ve put together a recommended process for the best way to choose a builder in your area.

Start with an online search

The internet is a powerful tool for finding local builders near you. Use search engines, review sites, or trusted online directories to look up trusted builders in your area, read reviews from previous customers, and compare prices.

It’s also good to check whether the builder you like the sound of has a website or social media presence. This gives you a better idea of their work and experience.

Get recommendations from friends and family

Ask friends and family members who’ve recently used good builders near you for recommendations. They’ll be able to give you an honest opinion of the builder’s work, reliability, and communication.

But before you reach out to the builder, check they’ve been approved by us and reviewed by customers.

Check their credentials

Before hiring a local builder, make sure they have the necessary qualifications and certifications. Ask for proof of their insurance, license, and any professional associations they belong to. This information can give you peace of mind knowing that the builder has met the minimum requirements for their profession.

For example, The National Federation of Builders (NFB) represents builders, contractors and house builders across the UK (excluding Scotland).

Ask for references

A reputable builder near you shouldn’t question giving you their references from previous customers. You can then contact these references and ask about their experience working with the builder. For example, did they complete the work on time? Were they responsive to questions and concerns? Was the work completed to a high standard?

Read our expert advice on what questions to ask your contractor.

Request a quote

Once you’ve identified a few builders, request detailed quotes for your project. These quotes should outline all the costs involved, including materials, labour, and any additional expenses. Compare the quotes you receive from different builders and make sure they include everything you need for your project.

Don’t base your decision solely on the price

While cost is an important factor to consider, don’t base your decision solely on price. For example, a low price might indicate poor quality work or the use of cheap materials. Likewise, a higher price doesn’t always guarantee excellent work. It’s best to look for a balance between cost and quality.

Sign a written contract

Before any work starts, make sure you have a written contract outlining the details of the project, payment terms, and timeline/milestones. This will protect you if any disputes or disagreements arise.

Read our guide on the importance of having a written contract for more information.

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How to check if a builder is licensed

In the UK, builders need to be registered with a competent person scheme or a government-approved third-party certification scheme to carry out certain types of work.

Check if a builder is licensed by asking for their registration number and checking it against the relevant database.

You can also ask to see their insurance certificates and any other relevant qualifications.

Your questions about builders, answered

How much does a builder cost in the UK?

For small projects such as bathroom or kitchen renovations, expect to pay between £5,000 to £15,000. For larger projects like house extensions or new builds, prices range from £50,000 all the way to £250,000 and above.

The cost of hiring a builder in the UK can vary depending on the type of project, the materials used, and the builder’s experience.

How much is a day rate for a builder?

Depending on the job, expect to pay £300 per day for a builder to work on your home renovation project.

Read more about builder’s day rates and how much different types of jobs might set you back.

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How much to pay a builder upfront

We don’t recommend paying a builder the full amount upfront. This is because it leaves you vulnerable to unfinished or poor-quality work, meaning you likely have to go through the courts to recoup any costs.

Standard practice when hiring reputable builders near you is to pay an initial deposit of around 10-20% of the total cost of the project. This deposit helps cover the cost of any initial materials or labour.

Make subsequent payments in instalments based on the progress of the work. These should be outlined in your payment contract as ‘milestones.’ Only make the final payment when you’re happy the work has been completed to your satisfaction.

NB: Be sure to include the payment terms in your written contract to avoid any misunderstandings.

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How do I find the cheapest builders near me?

We understand the desire to save pennies in a cost-of-living crisis. However, prioritising quality over cost when hiring a builder means you’re likely to pay more in the long run due to fixing poor workmanship.

Even so, finding a builder who fits your budget is easier when you:

  • Compare quotes from multiple builders
  • Consider hiring a builder during the offseason (prices are often lower when there’s less demand for construction work)
  • Save money by sourcing materials yourself or by agreeing to a cash payment

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