I'm a builder and this is how to avoid paying too much for materials

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I've been in the building industry for years, and as someone who's navigated the ups and downs of home renovations and self-building, I know how daunting it can feel, especially for beginners.

Understanding how to negotiate prices and where to invest your money can make a huge difference to your build, and with recent material cost increases, getting the best deal is more important than ever.

Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens is a multiple award-winning builder who manages Surrey-based building company Eclipse Property Solutions; he specialises in new builds, extensions and loft conversions. 

While he is still on the tools, he is also widely involved in the construction industry. He presents a show on Fix Radio and hosts his own building podcast Build:It, as well as being a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. 

Andy has sat on the Board of the Federation of Master Builders (London region) and was previously Vice President. He also works with construction charities and is an advocate for mental health in the industry.

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