How to become a General Builder

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

General builders typically carry out property repairs, refurbishments, renovations and improvements and also new house builds for homeowners. They also carry out repairs to and refurbishments of commercial properties such as shops, pubs, hotels, buy-to-let properties and small industrial buildings. Other general builders specialise in loft conversions and kitchen and bathroom renovations. Some builders also carry out contract work, for example for local authorities, housing associations, architects, larger building firms and work on behalf of loss assessors, for example to renovate properties following major floods.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a builder. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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