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How to find a trustworthy builder

Selecting a builder is a complicated process and the success of your project relies heavily upon it. To help, we've brought together our own advice and guidance and also highlighted useful national websites and other tools below. We hope that you'll find these resources valuable in making your decision. There are a number of resources you can take advantage of to ensure you locate the right builder for your project:

Protecting your investment

Your chosen builder will also need to understand their own responsibilities when carrying out your work. Serious breaches of health and safety on your project could lead to construction work being stopped and additional work being needed to put things right. You may even be prosecuted in the most serious circumstances. Here are some points to consider:

Notice of commencement and completion of work

It is the owner's responsibility to ensure we are informed at the various stages of the work. If you are employing a builder, please ensure you both agree who will be contacting us to arrange the site inspections. Alongside an acknowledgement of your application, we'll supply you with your own Inspection Plan. This will help ensure that you know exactly when you need to contact us.

Completion certificate

A completion certificate is issued at the end of the project, if we are satisfied that the works are in compliance with the Building Regulations. Please ensure that a completion inspection is carried out and a completion certificate is issued before you've made your final payment to the builder and they have left the site. The certificate will be provided as part of a final successful inspection, but further or replacement copies will be subject to a charge. Please retain and keep your certificate safe. Your solicitor will require it to be supplied if the property is to be sold at any point in the future.

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