Brian Berry (External Affairs Director, FMB) gives expert video advice on: When would I need a specialist builder?; What kinds of specialist builders are there?; Are there specialist builder guilds?
When would I need a specialist builder?
Building workup, you need to do as much research as you possibly can when you're carrying out building work. You'll need a specialist builder if you're carrying out specialized work, maybe damp proofing. The best way to find those builders are looking on our website, findabuilder. Also, if you live in a conservation area, or listed building, you'll need to get a specialized builder in to do the work.
What kinds of specialist builders are there?
You need specialist builders if you live in a listed building. You need builders who can carry out specialized renovation work. Also if you need roof extensions or loft conversions, you need a specialized builder who understands the process and building regulations and health and safety, that you have to comply with.
Are there specialist builder guilds?
Yes there are. There's the guild of builders and contractors, there's also the federation of master builders which is the largest one with thirteen thousand members. There's the house builders federation and the national federation of builders.