How do I find a good builder?

This can be a single contractor, who takes over the whole project, or a series of subcontractors – groundworkers, bricklayers, roofers etc, or companies providing those services – hired on an ongoing basis.

But who will supervise all these tradesmen? How will you know if they’re doing things properly? Remember self build is all about taking control. You decide how much or how little you exercise, but generally the more you give up, the more expensive it is.

Word of mouth is the best and most common way to find good contractors in your area. There are also organisations which guarantee the quality of their members’ work such as the

Federation of Master Builders, Fensa, and Heatas. Specialist websites also offer Trip Adviser-style listings of recommended contractors in your area.