Save money on your builder
Do it yourself!
If there’s a job you think you can manage yourself, check out homeimprovementadvice.co.uk for advice on making big and small home improvements. You can also take a look at letsfixit.co.uk which offers useful technical hints and tips and ultimatehandyman.co.uk has a helpful DIY forum.
Get at least three quotes
If you’re hiring a builder, make sure you shop around and obtain at least three quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Sites such as mybuilder.com, myHammer, problemsolved.co.uk and which? local are good places to find peer-to-peer recommended builders, or the Federation of Master Builders lists qualified tradesmen in your area. Read Avoid being ripped-off by a cowboy tradesman for more help.
Once you’ve got a range of quotes to hand, use the lowest quote as a bargaining tool to see whether other builders will lower their price further.