How do I find a good builder?

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How do I find a good builder? When looking for a good builder you need to follow these 10 golden rules:

  1. Ask family, friends and/or work colleagues for recommendations.
  2. Don’t hire anyone that makes you feel uneasy.
  3. Ensure the contractor is a member of a reputable trade association.
  4. Do not let sales people pressure you, let your no mean no and your yes mean yes.
  5. Always get at least three estimates.
  6. Never pay cash in hand.
  7. When work is agreed, get it in writing and ask for a warranty where you can.
  8. Never pay up until you are completely satisfied.
  9. Never use a contractor who cold calls you or turns up outside your home unannounced.
  10. Check the website and reviews of the builder.  A good builder will have a website with the address of the company clearly in the contacts section and good reviews!

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