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.