I'm a builder and these are the questions to ask before hiring a tradesman

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Andy Stevens gives his advice on how to hire the right tradesman (Image credit: Andy Stevens)

Figuring out how to avoid using the wrong builder on your project can be a daunting task, especially if you're new to the process. We all know that having a positive relationship with your construction team is crucial for the success of your build (especially when you're putting the fate of your dream home into their hands).  

But not all builders are experienced in all kinds of construction, and some tradespeople might not be as qualified as they first seem. So, what are the tell-tale signs to know and what can you do about rogue trades? 

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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