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How to find a good builder

Discover what to look out for when choosing a builder for your new kitchen or your next home project, and how to make the right choice for you.

What type of tradesperson do you need?

To know how to find a good builder, it is important to understand the roles of each tradesperson. In many cases, your builder will lead a project and will call on other trusted tradespeople to carry out more specialist jobs.

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Tradespeople for bigger projects

If you are planning an extension, your builder may find a tradesperson with specialist skills to complete your project. This may include a qualified architect to oversee the design and drawing phase, as well as bricklayers, window fitters and roofers, who take care of fascias, soffits and guttering.
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Planning permission

For any type of extension to your property, either up or out, your builder should check building regulations and contact your local authority to see whether you need planning permission. The Planning Portal website has information about the planning process and regulations, and accepts applications.

What to look out for in a tradesperson

It is important to check the credentials of the tradespeople working in your property. Here are some examples, including accreditations and qualifications, to be aware of.

How to find a builder you can trust

Follow this simple guide to help you find a local builder where you live. There are many ways of doing this but our top tips are below.

Working with your builder

These tips will help you establish a strong rapport and good working relationship with your builder throughout your project.

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Find a builder in your area

Get in touch with your nearest Howdens, who will be able to help you get started in your search for a local builder to complete your job.