The cost of hiring a builder will vary depending on different factors, including the scope of the job and your location. Your professional builder will be able to advise you on the full range of options available. Use Bark to get free quotes and get in touch with a home improvement specialist today.
How do I choose the best Builder for my project?
Make sure you do your research before hiring a builder, no matter how big or small your project is. Don’t be afraid to ask for examples of previous projects, references from past clients, and any professional accreditations that you’d like to review.
Always make sure you agree on a contract before you begin the project. This should include a detailed quote for the work that will be carried out, a full breakdown of the project, timelines, insurance, pricing, and a payment schedule.
You should also check if the builder will carry out the work themselves, or if they will use subcontractors. Make sure you agree on the deposit (generally about 20% of the total project cost) and if the builder offers any guarantees on the work, and for how long. Make sure you have this agreed and documented, in case you need to make a claim further down the line.
How do I check my Builder’s credentials?
Trusted building tradespeople belong to The Federation of Master Builders which is a well-regarded building industry association.
Before you choose a builder, you could also look at their profile page on Bark where you can view images of past work (great for some planning inspiration!) as well as reviews from previous customers.
Keith Simpson General Builders employ a small team of experienced contractors to serve homes, small businesses, and industrial clients. We’ve got over 25 years of experience.
Hear from a professional
What led you to become a professional builder?
I started working as a day labourer when I finished school. At first, it was simply to tide me over. Soon, I realised what goes into every building you pass on the street. After a few years, I began taking on more and more responsibility. From there it was a matter of time before I branched out independently. I’ve learnt that employees respect someone who's done the hard work and got their hands dirty.
How do you guarantee the best possible service?
We're able to handle nearly every construction project you can think of. We take a lot of pride in craftsmanship, as it gives our customers the best value for money. I’ll never excuse work that’s less than perfect, even if a customer is putting pressure on us to get the job finished ahead of time.
What additional services do you offer your customers?
Our company offers mainly homebuilding and renovation services. Recently I’ve taken on more commercial building contractors. People in this line of work tend to think big, so we’ve been able to carry out renovations for whole blocks of flats. I’ve got a Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical Services, specialising in installations. This means I’m usually the one who’ll fit power systems, lighting, and any fire protection systems.