Choosing a builder is often the most important part of your home renovation project, so don’t be left in the dark about what to look for. It’s important to do your research but with so many options, just where is the best place to start? Click the button below to watch our latest TV advert, which shows the dilemma homeowners face.
Should you go with a recommendation from friends or family? Search one of the many trade checking websites that are available (even if you’re not quite sure what they check)? Or perhaps you should go with a local builder who pushed a leaflet through your door?
You can find great tradespeople in all of these ways. But you need to make sure you do your research and carefully consider your options before quotes, contracts and start dates are on the table.
At the FMB, we put a spotlight on quality builders so you can build with confidence. All our members are vetted and their work is independently inspected to ensure they meet high standards of workmanship. If you’re looking for a quality builder you can trust, use our free Find a Builder search to find local trades. Now that’s a bright idea!
Ready to make your choice?
Our guide on how to choose a builder takes you through everything you need to know about finding a builder or tradesperson, plus how to get good quotes, tips on your contract, and what are fair and reasonable payment terms.
Don’t just take our word for it
We always recommend taking a look at builder reviews and speaking to your prospective builder’s previous clients wherever possible. Here’s what some of our members’ clients have to say about working with our Master Builder members:
… the site manager, at the end, felt like a trusted friend. The team were a really hard working and fun bunch and the directors, fair, helpful and effective. We are thrilled with the result. The house is beautiful.”
Our ground floor renovation and extension has exceeded our young family's expectations, we are so happy that we invested in the project. The on-site team were hard-working, polite, dressed professionally and just generally so lovely that we quite miss having them around!”
The team were exceptional and consistently made extra effort to improve the process from both a build and a site and relationship point of view”
You can find a Master Builder at the FMB
If you’re ready to start looking for a builder to work on your next home improvement project, you can search for local builders near you with our online Find a Builder tool. If you have a particular type of work in mind, you can filter your search by trade to find anything from plasterers to house builders.