The Famous 7 year plan!
One of the most worrying aspects of a self build is making sure that the tradespeople you take on, turn up and finish on time and do a good job at a reasonable price. In fairness, there are some terrific people looking for work and now its become easier to find them. Over the last few years a number of web sites have appeared, offering services across all manual trades. We have listed what we consider to be the best here but there are more. Its important to select one, register and follow the expert guidance given.
Established over 70 years ago, the FMB is the UK's largest trade association in the building sector, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices. On line you can find a builder and check a member.
Applicants for the Guild are required to submit confidential references from satisfied customers and one of the first questions asked of all referees is whether or not they would be prepared to recommend the applicant to a relative or close friend. The Guild's council of management include a review of the references when considering the application for membership as well as ensuring all other criteria are met. Only when they are satisfied that the applicant really does deserve to be called a master craftsmen is the application approved.
Since 1998 they have collected over 600,000 customer reports which give you the facts about the strengths and weaknesses of their listed companies. You know what you are getting. Recommendation, reputation, and a standard you can trust.
TrustMark is a not for profit organisation, licensed by Government and supported by consumer protection groups.
Assists you in finding the best tradesmen local to where you live. All listed tradesmen provide quality services and live locally in your area. They provide full details of each tradesman’s business so you can appreciate the skills and services provided.
The tradesman application process involves reference and insurance checks. More importantly, tradesmen build their reputations on MyBuilder with reviews from genuine clients. You see what a tradesman is really like, warts and all.
Founded in 2005, Rated People are the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service and its mission is to connect homeowners with the very best local tradesmen.
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