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The National Network of Local Builders

When you need a reputable and honest builder in your area, there are a number of things you should do in order to avoid any cowboys out there.

First of all, check that the builder who's quoted you is a member of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) which is an independent trade body with over 12,000 members across the UK.

The organisation has strict membership criteria and a code of practise that all members must adhere to, so FMB membership is a good indicator of quality workmanship.

If you're extending or improving your home then cost is a big consideration. Every year there are newspaper articles and TV programmes highlighting poor building work and detailing the costs to put it right. Your home is too important to cut corners with, so if a building quote seems too good to be true, it's wise to consider why.

Having building work done on your property is a big undertaking and it pays to take your time in finding the right builder for the job so that you get a quality result you can be proud of.

Search our UK network of builders online now to find one near you.

Consumer tip: As well as getting at least 3 quotes for any building project, ask your local builder if they can tell you about any projects they've done in your area so you can see the quality of their work for yourself.