Costs Involved With Hiring a Builder

Builders are typically hired to complete long term and larger scale projects which involve higher overall costs than the typical tradesmen jobs. Builders are needed for many different jobs and hiring the wrong one can be disastrous. Larger costs mean more risk so hiring the right tradesman is vital.

A builder’s duties may include:

– Extensions
– Raising Foundations
– Chimney Builds and Repairs
– Structural Steelwork
– Building Garages
– Constructing Outbuildings and Conservatories
– Underpinning and Foundation Work
– Renovations and Internal Reconfiguration
– Constructing Steps
– Porch and Canopy Construction.

When hiring a builder, you need to make sure you seek someone with industry experience so that you know you’re not getting a rogue builder. This will ensure you hire a tradesman that’s up to date with laws, regulations and planning permits that may affect your job.

The rate your builder charges is going to rely hugely on the scale of the job at hand and your location. Each job is different but generally your costs accrued will be the cost of each tradesmen’s day rate plus the material costs and any planning costs encountered. So, the more trades you require for the job the higher your overall cost is going to be because you need to incorporate each builders day rate.

Be prepared that the material costs aren’t going to be the same as if you went to the builder’s yard and got them all yourself, this is because your tradesmen are not only fronting the cost they are also using their time to collect them so expect around 15% on top.

If your job requires a specialist builder you should expect higher day rates. A Foundation or steelwork specialist is likely to have a higher day rate than a builder who’s constructing steps to your front door because of the specialist training they have had.

Builders costs

The average day rate for a builder in the UK is between £120 and £220.

Below we have listed some of the most common jobs that our builders receive and the average price that they would charge. These figures are based on estimates and will vary. Variations depend on the region, scale and if any other costs will be involved.

Building a Lean-to Conservatory

The average cost to hire a builder to construct a Lean to Conservatory is between £7000-£10,000

Building a Detached Double Garage

Depending on if you opt to use single or double brick the average cost is between £20,000-£25,000.

Converting a Basement

This will vary largely depending on the state of your current basement. Converting an existing basement will average at around £1400 per square metre but if you need to dig and underpin an new basement you can expect these costs to raise to around £2500 per square metre.

Garage Conversion

The average cost of fully converting a garage is between £5000-£8000. This depends on the size and current state of your conversion.

Building a Single Storey Extension

The average cost of a 25m² Single Storey Extension is between £25,000-£30,000.

Building a Double Storey Extension

The average cost of a 60m² double extension is between £45,000-£65,000.

Constructing an Outbuilding

The average cost of constructing a outbuilding is between £7000-£9000.

Building Porch/Canopy

Depending on the size and type you should expect to see costs of around £2000-£3000.

These are just some guidelines as to the costs you can expect for the most common jobs that builders encounter. To get a more accurate figure you will need to get a quote and describe your job in detail so that a qualified builder can give you an accurate price. Above all this will prevent any surprises
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