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How much will it cost for building work in my home?

A builder deals with the construction and maintenance of your home. Building projects are usually very stressful times and to ease some of that stress, HaMuch has put together information including questions to ask to keep your building project running efficiently and how much to budget as well as how to find the right builder for you.

Managing money and getting off on the right foot with your builder

When choosing a builder try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what level of building work is being offered at different prices. Insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project. As building work can involve scaffolding, discuss the quote to see if it has included any scaffolding hire charges and if this is something that will still need to be added on to the final bill. Another charge to consider is skip hire. If there will be demolition work taking place at your home, then hiring a skip is a good option to avoid a lot of small trips to the tip clearing away the building debris. Before making a decision on which builder to choose, ask what their payment terms are and if a big building project e.g. a house extension, can be paid in instalments in line with sections of the building work being completed. Unless you have specified for specific building materials that they don’t normally supply, you should not be asked to pay any money upfront.

If you are getting large scale building work completed, it would be wise ask to see a portfolio of similar work carried out. Try to drop in to do a site visit on a current building project so that you can see the level of organisation on site, quality of materials being used, number of builders on site. Check any associations the builder is part of e.g. The National Federation of Builders (NFB).

Lastly, check what insurances you need to have in place with your own personal building and contents insurance, check to see if you need to make your insurers aware of work being carried out. Ask the builder about their insurance and how much public liability insurance they have (there should be a certificate to show you).

Defining the quality and detail of the job

Before you search for builders you need to decide how large or small is your building project will be, whether you are needing a builder for a garage conversion, lounge extension or rather a smaller scale building project like to lay a patio or carry out a repair on your roof.

If you want to maximise your property size and have enough garden space, a conservatory is a great way to achieve more indoor space. Before talking to the builder regarding a conservatory extension, have an idea of the size you would like, the shape it should be built, if there is an existing driveway or patio that needs to be demolished first, any outside drains or outside bathroom pipe that might need to become inside drains or pipes and consider a style that will suit your home e.g. Edwardian or Victorian.

For conservatories, extensions, rebuilding external walls, window repairs… any building job involving windows, you can choose from standard double glazing to upgraded window options like self-cleaning glass or toughened glass. When choosing windows uPVC work with traditional and contemporary homes while sash windows or better suited to Victorian style homes.

If your project is to do with flooring, make sure when the builder arrives there is clear access to the rooms that will need the new flooring and have an idea already whether you are wanting tile, carpet, laminate or click clack flooring. Discuss any concerns you may have about old flooring being lifted and new flooring laid e.g. if skirting boards might get damaged in the process and what can be done to salvage them as well as if you are going from laminate to plush carpet, will the internal doors still open or do the need to be skimmed to allow for height adjustment.

As building work can involve changing the layout of a house, check if your project would require any planning permission before it goes ahead. Loft conversion means you may need to purchase the loft from the freeholder if you in a leasehold and some building works may require an architect to design the space and calculate the costings or a structural engineer to ensure the safety of the project.

Rough guide for how much basic building work in your home costs;

Job Job details Estimate
Conservatory Building a conservatory including foundation £2000
Conservatory Structure repair £800
Loft Conversion Converting a loft into a bedroom with en-suite £7000
Garage Conversion Converting a garage into a bedroom £4000
Damp proofing Damp protection for internal walls £280 per wall
Damp proofing Damp protection for external walls £300 per wall
Damp proofing Rising damp treatment £280 per wall
Demolition Demolition of a garage £1000
Demolition Demolition of a patio, driveway, shed, outside space £800
Driveway Building concrete, tarmac, block, etc driveway £750
Driveway Creating a dropped kerb £500
Extension One room extension £2000
Extension Multi room extension £2000 per room
Floor fitting Removal of old floor and laying a new floor £150 per room
Floor restoration Repairing floors by filling gaps, sanding, staining, sealing and securing loose floorboards £100 per room
Outside wall  Building a retaining wall £250
Outside wall Pointing and brick work repair £50 per m2
Roof - chimney Chimney flue installation £400
Roof - chimney Chimney repointing £500
Roof - chimney Chimney breast removal £700
Roof repairs Flat roof repairs and replacing slipped or cracked tiles £170 per 5x tiles
Roof replacement Upgrading old tiles or Cotswolds stone roofs

£2500 for a 2bed house

Roof waterproofing Chimney flashing or flashing around solar panels and roof lighting

£800

Window fitting Window fitting and replacing £300 for 4 windows
Window repairs Repairs on window frames and windowpanes including leaks

£100 per window

Rates for other trades

Builder Rates: Average Hourly and Daily Rates
Builder: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Builder near Aberdeen£25£250
Builder near Aberdeenshire£25£250
Builder near Amber Valley£27£200
Builder near Angus£24£195
Builder near Arun£31£219
Builder near Ashfield£28£212
Builder near Aylesbury Vale£35£211
Builder near Barnsley£31£246
Builder near Basildon£35£219
Builder near Basingstoke & Deane£41£210
Builder near Bassetlaw£21£178
Builder near Bath & North East Somerset£27£217
Builder near Bedford£54£282
Builder near Belfast£20£131
Builder near Birmingham£24£195
Builder near Blackburn£51£196
Builder near Blackpool£24£169
Builder near Bolton£25£189
Builder near Bournemouth£32£225
Builder near Bracknell Forest£41£244
Builder near Bradford£25£195
Builder near Braintree£26£195
Builder near Breckland£21£178
Builder near Bridgend£30£179
Builder near Brighton£29£219
Builder near Bristol£27£215
Builder near Broadland£21£170
Builder near Broxtowe£27£208
Builder near Bury£31£202
Builder near Caerphilly£26£174
Builder near Calderdale£23£178
Builder near Cambridge£30£236
Builder near Canterbury£23£180
Builder near Cardiff£26£171
Builder near Carmarthenshire£22£174
Builder near Charnwood£23£178
Builder near Chelmsford£31£214
Builder near Cheltenham£29£230
Builder near Cherwell£29£221
Builder near Chester£26£186
Builder near Colchester£30£210
Builder near Conway£23£185
Builder near Coventry£24£188
Builder near Crewe & Nantwich£28£223
Builder near Dacorum£57£235
Builder near Derby£27£199
Builder near Doncaster£26£189
Builder near Dover£23£188
Builder near Dudley£23£192
Builder near Dumfries & Galloway£20£160
Builder near Dundee£25£204
Builder near East Ayrshire£21£188
Builder near East Devon£19£162
Builder near East Dunbartonshire£27£207
Builder near East Hampshire£30£214
Builder near East Hertfordshire£40£252
Builder near East Lindsey£25£195
Builder near East Riding£23£201
Builder near Eastleigh£31£226
Builder near Edinburgh£32£236
Builder near Elmbridge£50£239
Builder near Epping Forest£36£228
Builder near Erewash£28£206
Builder near Exeter£20£170
Builder near Falkirk£29£198
Builder near Fife£31£214
Builder near Flintshire£23£186
Builder near Gateshead£30£228
Builder near Gedling£28£213
Builder near Glasgow£34£258
Builder near Gloucester£26£203
Builder near Guildford£42£254
Builder near Gwynedd£19£153
Builder near Halton£26£188
Builder near Harrogate£24£191
Builder near Havant & Waterloo£29£213
Builder near Highland£19£190
Builder near Horsham£27£210
Builder near Huntingdonshire£34£218
Builder near Ipswich£28£192
Builder near Isle of Wight£30£210
Builder near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£20£170
Builder near Kingston-upon-Hull£23£185
Builder near Kirklees£26£199
Builder near Knowsley£28£178
Builder near Lancaster£21£196
Builder near Leeds£26£192
Builder near Leicester£23£172
Builder near Lisburn£19£131
Builder near Liverpool£30£184
Builder near London£43£229
Builder near Luton£36£227
Builder near Macclesfield£32£197
Builder near Maidstone£39£239
Builder near Manchester£30£195
Builder near Mid Bedfordshire£44£253
Builder near Mid Sussex£28£213
Builder near Middlesbrough£42£207
Builder near Milton Keynes£44£251
Builder near Neath Port Talbot£26£179
Builder near New Forest£32£232
Builder near Newbury£30£206
Builder near Newcastle-under-Lyme£24£188
Builder near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£31£233
Builder near Newport£26£184
Builder near North Ayrshire£25£209
Builder near North East Lincolnshire£26£208
Builder near North Hertfordshire£39£250
Builder near North Lanarkshire£26£196
Builder near North Lincolnshire£22£178
Builder near North Somerset£27£216
Builder near North Tyneside£32£247
Builder near North Wiltshire£27£194
Builder near Northampton£41£246
Builder near Norwich£22£176
Builder near Nottingham£28£214
Builder near Nuneaton & Bedworth£24£190
Builder near Oldham£30£198
Builder near Oxford£30£226
Builder near Pembrokeshire£16£140
Builder near Perth & Kinross£32£212
Builder near Peterborough£34£220
Builder near Plymouth£28£205
Builder near Poole£33£231
Builder near Portsmouth£29£211
Builder near Powys£20£190
Builder near Preston£59£207
Builder near Reading£40£238
Builder near Redcar & Cleveland£24£210
Builder near Reigate & Banstead£42£240
Builder near Renfrewshire£34£272
Builder near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£27£168
Builder near Rochdale£30£196
Builder near Rotherham£29£235
Builder near Salford£29£190
Builder near Salisbury£52£317
Builder near Sandwell£23£190
Builder near Scarborough£24£190
Builder near Scottish Borders£32£260
Builder near Sefton£29£185
Builder near Sevenoaks£41£225
Builder near Sheffield£31£248
Builder near Slough£55£244
Builder near Solihull£24£188
Builder near South Ayrshire£22£188
Builder near South Bedfordshire£54£282
Builder near South Cambridgeshire£32£254
Builder near South Gloucestershire£27£214
Builder near South Kesteven£22£173
Builder near South Lanarkshire£24£173
Builder near South Oxfordshire£33£227
Builder near South Somerset£27£258
Builder near South Tyneside£32£241
Builder near Southampton£31£221
Builder near Southend-on-Sea£36£197
Builder near St Albans£37£241
Builder near St Helens£25£175
Builder near Stafford£24£204
Builder near Stockport£32£203
Builder near Stockton-on-Tees£38£207
Builder near Stoke-on-Trent£24£190
Builder near Stratford-on-Avon£25£192
Builder near Stroud£26£202
Builder near Suffolk Coastal£20£169
Builder near Sunderland£29£229
Builder near Swale£41£196
Builder near Swansea£25£198
Builder near Tameside£32£203
Builder near Teignbridge£23£192
Builder near Tendring£27£197
Builder near Test Valley£29£197
Builder near Thamesdown£27£200
Builder near Thanet£20£167
Builder near The Wrekin£27£227
Builder near Thurrock£34£216
Builder near Torbay£25£209
Builder near Trafford£31£202
Builder near Vale of Glamorgan£29£177
Builder near Vale of White Horse£28£216
Builder near Vale Royal£24£187
Builder near Wakefield£25£190
Builder near Walsall£23£191
Builder near Warrington£27£197
Builder near Warwick£24£193
Builder near Waveney£23£178
Builder near Waverley£52£251
Builder near Wealden£25£207
Builder near West Lancashire£25£175
Builder near West Lothian£31£225
Builder near West Wiltshire£27£194
Builder near Wigan£25£183
Builder near Windsor & Maidenhead£57£245
Builder near Wirral£30£187
Builder near Wokingham£40£237
Builder near Wolverhampton£24£193
Builder near Wrexham Maelor£25£202
Builder near Wychavon£23£191
Builder near Wycombe£33£231
Builder near York£24£183