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Looking for a recommended local builder? Whatever you may need, from a staircase to a swimming pool or a garage to a garden fence, an approved Plentific builder can get it done! Simply post your job to receive custom quotes from top builders near you.

Featured Pros for Builder

Our vision is to make it fast, easy and safe to get quotes when you need help. We'll introduce you to professionals who are ready to help.
Atlas Building Services Ltd
Builder in Malden, KT3 3SH
Athena Management Ltd
Builder in Sutton, SM1 4LS
Vision Con Ltd
Builder in London, HA8 0TD
Byko Ltd
Builder in Leicester, LE3 2JE
Eagle Plastering & Home Improvements Ltd
Builder in Checkendon, RG8 0NG
Belko Builders
Builder in Northwood, HA6 1QD
Tradepip!
Builder in Nottingham, NG5 1AB
Petroff And Son
Builder in Wallington, SM6 8DP
A&Mc Decorators And Services Ltd
Builder in Maidstone, ME15 8JQ
Mike Building Ltd
Builder in Norwich, NR3 3LA
Builder Decorator
Builder in London, SE28 0GD
Heaven Sent Construction
Builder in London, W12 9SJ

Latest Builder Reviews

Twenty Fifteen Handyman Services
15 Jun 2017
Completed the job on time and exactly as required. Very helpful
Mega Construct
1 Jun 2017
Very professional job .Highley recommend this company.
Xpressworkforce
30 May 2017
We received a very thorough and professional service from start to finish. The plumbing problems were quite complex, and the
quote was based on an extremely careful and detailed examination. Joe found better solutions than another plumber who'd been round to quote earlier. We literally could not have been happier. Highly recommended.
Costellino Limited
23 May 2017
Friendly professional person. Fitted a kitchen mixer tap and did a great job. Very tidy work. Will be happy to recommend.

Finding a builder

Whether you are planning an extension or a completely new construction project, finding the right builder can be a chore. Plentific’s database can generate a quick list for you of the best builders in your local area, each of which will have a Plentific profile where you can view their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. Hiring a 'verified' Pro also means that your project will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee, which will protect your job from start to finish. Plentific has over 75,000 registered tradesmen from all over the UK, so whatever your job might be, Plentific is ready to help you find your ideal Pro.

What do you need to know about finding a builder?

Before taking any action to hire a builder, you should have a very clear idea of what your project involves. Is it a simple job or will it require more specialised skills? How large is it? You need to consider all of this before comparing your choices. You will typically meet with a builder after you have spoken to an architect and obtained planning permission for your project. Consult with them and get a quote, making sure to get as many as you can to compare.

If you have been organising your project alongside an architect, or have worked with other tradespeople in the past, they will likely have a builder that they have worked with in the past who they can recommend to you. Regardless, be sure to do a background check on your choices before making a final decision. Examine customer reviews, or ask your choices if you can go to see an example of their previous work. There are a number of organisations that builders can join as a testament to their professionalism and expertise, such as the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB). These groups will have strict codes of context and standards for their members.

Particularly when discussing larger projects it is important to ask for a price breakdown. Smaller firms may need to bring in additional workers. Ask your choices whether they sub-contract certain aspects of the job, and if bringing in additional workers this way will affect your price. Will you have to pay more if the job requires certain materials, and what options do you have if you go over budget?

Your final choice should have solid guarantees and insurance policies. They should have a public liability insurance certificate, as well as policies relating to accidental damage. If there is an issue with their work, or if you are not satisfied with the end result, will they return and fix it? You should be able to get this in writing; especially with larger, long term jobs be sure to get a contract written up. Before hiring a builder you should also check your own home and contents insurance, as this may be affected by building work.

An experienced professional should be able to quickly provide all of this information. If they cannot or are hesitant to do so, it would be better to continue your search.

What does a builder do?

A builder is a contractor who can bring an entire construction project together. They can advise you at different stages, liaise with and manage other tradespeople, acquire materials and help you with planning permission. You may also hire a builder to oversee extensions, renovations or alterations. As well as having on-site skills, a builder has organisational capabilities that will help bring your project to fruition.

How much does it cost to hire a builder?

The cost of hiring a builder depends on the size and nature of the project. A smaller job where you can provide the materials yourself would have a relatively small cost. Larger jobs will require more planning and larger teams, and it is important to have a clear budget in place. There is no set payment structure for builders. Certain firms may have a daily rate, a fixed fee based on your project or a percentage cost relating to the value of the structure. A good thing to remember for larger projects is to see if you can arrange to pay in instalments. This will give you the freedom to scrutinise the project as you go along, and in the event that the end result is unsatisfactory you may wish to withhold the final payment. You should never hire a builder based on an ‘estimate’ they give you; discuss the project with them and get a fixed rate. If a builder expects to be paid in full up front, it may be smart to look elsewhere.

Latest Builder Jobs Posted

Darren K.
garage floor needs levelling urgently
Amit T.
Loft conversion and chimney removeal from first floor.
Patrick D.
Need two structural walls removed with load bearing beams inserted for which there are already approved structural drawings and calculations.
Risk assessment and phase plan needed with building control consent or CPS registration. Subsequently need a floor and new kitchen fitted. Flat is lower ground
Aleitha E.
knock out two walls, build extension preferably up to 6m long but may have to drop down to 3m. fit new kitchen, retile kitchen, underfloor heating, resite boiler, sink and gas stove
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