How to choose the right builder

How to choose the right builder Cheslyn Building Contractors

Choosing a builder for a new home, extension or refurbishment can be time-consuming, but it’s time well-spent considering the amount of money involved. It’s vital to get the right builder for your project who will deliver what you want, for the price you want, and with the level of service you need. How to choose the right builder can be daunting and there are several important factors you should take into account before making a decision.

Do your research

Your due diligence at this stage is imperative so that you hire the right builder in the first place. Asking friends and family to recommend building firms who have done work for them is a great starting point as a referral from a trusted source is always preferable.

Do some background research – If the builder claims to be a member of a trade association, contact the trade association and check that this is true. Ask for references and contact the people that provided them to check that they are accurate. It is very important to read reviews and speak to past or current clients before you sign. A good builder will have no issue with letting you speak to customers and they should be able to supply good, verifiable references.

Reputation – explore their website and social media accounts

A good, reputable company will have a strong social media presence with an up to date website to showcase previous work and also on going projects. It will demonstrate a professional, expertise to the business and give confidence to the consumer in the companies core values, with testimonials and governing body accreditations.

Obtain quotes

You should always get a minimum of three quotes from builders that have been recommended to you by a trusted source. You can then compare the 3 quotes in a like for like way and listen to 3 different ideas from experienced builders. They may point out things you never factored in, and advise and guide you on elements you may not of understood. And as in walks of life, remember the cheapest quote is not always the best option and all quotes should, of course, be in writing and not just verbal.


Establish at the outset a clear explanation of the actual work you want carried out, not only immediate work, but any future plans, as this can affect how the initial stages will be planned and executed. As much detail as possible from the onset will allow your builder to proceed with the first step correctly, leading to the larger vision, further down the line, if required. For example, if you want a two storey extension but can only afford a one story now, foundations need to be laid.

Payment terms

Talking and agreeing about payment arrangements early on in the negotiations before you commit to a contract is always advisable and having a clear and transparent payment schedule up front will save time and possible confusion later down the line. Always agree payment terms clearly in writing, whether that is a deposit and payment in full on completion, or for larger projects, the scheduled payments may apply. Avoid paying cash upfront or a cash deposit, as this should not be needed unless you request specialist building materials or the job is likely to take a long time to complete.


A building guarantee is designed to give customers peace of mind and assures them that they’re protected. Establish how long the guarantee is for and what is specifically covers, prior to any work commencing or decisions being made.


Always ask if the builder is insured, and ask to see certificates: a good builder won’t mind giving you copies of the paperwork. They should have cover to protect themselves against property damage and personal and public liability to protect you and the general public in the event of an accident or injury.

Obtain a contract

You should always enter into a written contract with your builder so that everybody involved in the project understands what has been agreed. A good contract can reduce the chance of confusion or disagreement, and provides peace of mind for you and your builder.

Why choose Cheslyn Building Contractors

Our projects range from small works refurbishments to major design and build developments including schools, public buildings, commercial, ecclesiastical, residential, leisure, retail and health facilities. We operate across the Midlands and Staffordshire, with no job too large or too small. We will oversee and manage your project but can help with design too and will give reliable and honest advice from the word go, and can offer:-

  • FREE detailed quotation, based on your plans
  • Pay in stages as work progresses.
  • All projects managed by us.
  • 20 years experience in the building industry.
  • We only use professional trades and craftsmen in all fields.
  • We have an excellent reputation for the quality of workmanship we provide and a portfolio to illustrate this.
  • All of our work is guaranteed with a full warranty to give you complete peace of mind.
  • We provide an excellent aftercare service once your building work has been completed.

We are also proud to be accredited with the following trade associations:-


CHAS is the UK’s Leading Provider of Risk Prevention, Compliance and Supply Chain Management Services for Clients and Contractors, who work in partnership with leading industry bodies and independent organisations to provide clients and contractors alike with a single solution for accreditation, risk assessment, supply chain management and industry training.


Constructionline is a register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants used by the construction industry of the United Kingdom, enabling the customer to simplify and speed up their search, validation and purchasing decision processes considerably, improving resource and cost efficiency.


Choosing the right builder is key to making any project a successful one, and entering into a partnership with a builder, or building company, takes honesty and an upfront approach from both the builder and you, the homeowner.

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