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How to find a bricklayer

Bricklaying is an integral part of building work and bricklayers are literally laying the foundations for your building project. With that in mind, you want to be confident that you’re in good hands when you find a bricklayer to hire.

Bricklaying is an integral part of building work and bricklayers are literally laying the foundations for your building project. With that in mind, you want to be confident that you’re in good hands when you find a bricklayer to hire.

To help you separate the local cowboys from the good bricklayers in town, we’ve put together this guide. Keep this handy for when you need tips to find a bricklayer in your area and advice on how to choose a good bricklayer that you can rely on.

5 top tips to find the best bricklayer

1. Use our search

Our handy search is a quick and easy way to find good bricklayers who have been recommended by your neighbours and checked by us.

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2. Ask for recommendations from friends and family

Your personal network of friends and family is a great way to get initial bricklayer recommendations that you can then research later. By getting suggestions from people you trust, you’ll have first-hand feedback on good bricklayers in your area. But you mustn’t forget to do your own research on them too.

Always check if they’re a Checkatrade member. If they are, then do book them through us – it means you can qualify for our guarantee.

3. Ask other reliable tradespeople

If you already know or you’ve worked with other professional tradespeople who worked well (such as electricians, carpenters or plasterers), chances are they’ll be able to recommend good bricklayers locally.

Reliable tradespeople like to work with other reliable tradespeople, so speak to the good tradespeople who’ve done a good job for you in the past and make use of their networks to find a bricklayer to hire.

Whenever they recommend a tradesperson, always check if they’re a Checkatrade member. You can easily see if they come recommended from other locals and see pictures from their recent projects. Even better, their work will be guaranteed by us (read about our guarantee for more information).

4. Contact building trade associations

Most reputable bricklayers will be a member of a trade association, such as the Association of Brickwork Contractors, the Guild of Bricklayers or the Federation of Master Builders. Belonging to an association like these is typically a sign of a good quality bricklayer with a professional attitude and a dedication to their work.

5. Ask local community groups

Many local communities have active groups where people in your local area can ask for and share recommendations. And that goes for finding a bricklayer near you.

You could upload a post asking for recommendations. You’ll often find that the bricklayers who are recommended by multiple people tend to be the good ones. But it’s still always worth checking if they’re decent through Checkatrade.

Do make sure to see if we’ve checked if they’re legitimate and if hundreds of your neighbours rate their work on our website.

How do I choose a good bricklayer?

Finding local bricklayers is one thing, but choosing a good bricklayer to hire is quite another. You want to make sure you’re hiring a bricklayer who is skilled, experienced, has a good working attitude and will work to a high professional standard.

Here are some of our tips to help you choose a good bricklayer:

  • Choose a bricklayer with lots of local experience doing work that is similar to what you’ll be hiring them to do.
  • Always read their reviews to see what previous customers are saying about the bricklayer – the odd negative review is OK, as long as the majority are very positive.
  • Ask for multiple quotes to compare to make sure you’re being quoted fair and competitive prices for the work.
  • Ask to view examples of their previous work in your area to see the quality of their bricklaying in person.
  • Meet with them in person before hiring them to get a feel for their attitude and how well you get on.
  • Always ask for customer references and follow up on them to get a good feel for how the bricklayer works and the level of service you can expect.
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10 questions to ask to find a bricklayer

Before you hire a bricklayer, it’s a good idea to meet with them in person to discuss the work you need them to do. That way you can find out more about their experience and approach to their trade.

A good local bricklayer measuring level of brick wallIf you want to know how to find a bricklayer you can trust, ask potential candidates these questions:

  • How long have you been working as a bricklayer?
  • What qualifications and/or accreditations do you have?
  • Have you done many bricklaying projects like this before?
  • Can you show me examples of previous projects that you’ve worked on?
  • Do you have appropriate insurance, and can you provide valid certificates?
  • Could you provide me with references from previous customers for me to contact?
  • Do you offer a customer satisfaction guarantee?
  • How long will it take you to complete the work? And when can you start?
  • How much will it cost, and what are the payment terms?
  • What steps do you take to keep your work on schedule and within budget?

How much does a good bricklayer cost?

To help you plan your budget you can expect the average bricklayer day rate to cost around £150 – £200 per day, depending on the bricklayer, the type of work and the size of the job.

The material cost for bricklaying is roughly £800 per 1,000 bricks. The cost will vary depending on the type of brick, location, supply and demand, and the manufacturing process.

Here are also some of the average costs to build a brick wall that you could expect to pay:

  • Single skin (1m x 4m) – £825
  • Single skin (1m x 12m) – £1,450
  • Double skin (1m x 4m) – £1,200
  • Double skin (1m x 12m) – £1,850
  • Brick and block cavity wall – £180 per m2
  • Stone garden wall (1m x 4m) – £240 – £520
  • Stone garden wall (1m x 8m) – £830 – £1,540
  • Stone garden wall (1m x 12m) – £1,140 – £2,160

Get quotes from good bricklayers near you

Looking to get quotes now? Our handy request a quote feature makes finding multiple quotes from reliable bricklayers in your area super easy. You simply post details about the bricklaying work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it’s quick and easy!

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