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What's the best way to find a reliable builder?

I am looking to do some work on my property, re-rendering, a kitchen extension and a loft conversion, but as it's a lot of money to spend, I obviously want to make sure to find someone who isn't going to do a shoddy job. Is there a website to look where people have recommended construction companies, or any other tips? Or can you even recommend a company - I live in Torbay in Devon. Thanks I don't know of anyone who has had any work done nearby, so suggesting word of mouth is really not of much use to me... I was rather looking for some other channel.

Asked By: tamagotya - 2/15/2007
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unfortunately the only reliable way is the word of mouth. I know you say its not not option but it is, it just needs leg work. Get a few architects in to see if they want the drawing job......ask them do they know any good local builders, ask in the pub, ask in the builders merchants ( not B&Q ! ), walk around and see... More
Answered By: Michael H - 2/15/2007
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word of mouth is definately the best way. ask someone who recently got work done. this is the only way for it to be totally honest and reliable feedback
Answered By: maraesa1000 - 2/15/2007
 
Most Council Websites - Trading Standards Websites have a list of known reliable builders and thay also know the dodgy ones, which is a bonus... More
Answered By: jamand - 2/15/2007
 
don't pay up front , wait till works finished , but normally if some body is BSI APPROVED ITS A GOOD BET, and you have somebody to complain if its not right
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Answered By: ufo18 - 2/15/2007
 
I have the answer: D.I.Y Reliable, hard working, turns up on time,and won't charge you an arm and a leg!
Answered By: chris c - 2/15/2007
 
Try getting estimates from local builders found in Yellow Pages, or local adverts, and ask them to give you examples of other work they have completed, with references, or names and numbers, so that you can phone recent customers and ask their opinion. In my experience, people don't mind this and are happy to give... More
Answered By: Sammy - 2/15/2007
 
go to the following website www.askthetrades.co.uk they have a find a tradesmen facility all the best steve
Answered By: stephen j - 2/18/2007
 
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