If you are considering having building work done, you should choose your builder very carefully. This is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make, so you should check your builder out thoroughly before employing them.
This will apply especially for large projects.
Useful Addresses and Contact Numbers
Federation of Master Builders
72 King Street
Tel: 01704530201 / 01704537078
National Consumer Council
47 Newport Road
Cardiff, CF24 0WL
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
12 Parliament Square
London, SW1 3AD
Tel: 0207 222 7000
Fax: 0207 222 9430
Finally, reassure yourself by checking out the builder's work and references. When you talk to previous clients, don’t just ask about the quality of the work. If this is a big job, the builder will be in your house for a long time, so ask questions like: Were they punctual? Did they make a lot of noise? Did they clean up properly when they’d finished? It’s best to ask the questions now – don't wait until it's too late!