How to choose the correct builder

Choosing the right builder for your project can be a challenge, especially if you have no experience of building or managing a building project.


So where do you start? The best option is always a referral from a friend or family member. If this isn't an option you can look around your local area for building work that is in progress, most builders will display a board when they are working on a site and the owners of the property will probably be more than happy to discuss their project and how it's going with you. Smiley building and construction Ltd are fortunate to receive a large number of recommendations as reputable Builders in Chislehurst from previous customers.

Social Media is also a good way to ask for recommendations. There are many 'selling' or 'community pages' available where you can ask for a recommendation. What you find is that one or two names start to appear more often than the others.

Trade Associations

Membership of a trade association is not a guarantee of finding a good builder, but what it does show is that they take their business seriously and are willing to pay a large fee for membership and are willing to comply with the association's rules and regulations. The FMB, for example, does check the references of its members to ensure there are no 'cowboys' on their list of members. Please feel free to check the references of Smiley building and construction Ltd by looking on the Federation of Master Builders website, or follow this link :


TrustMark is the only Government endorsed standards scheme for trades in and around the home. Registered Firms gain accreditation following thorough vetting and on-site inspections completed by independent, qualified inspectors

TrustMark is an umbrella organisation covering all the trades involved in the building and construction industry, and their relevant Association. These include, amongst others, The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), The National Federation of Roofing Contractors, (NFRC) and the NICEIC, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. TrustMark do carry out financial checks on its members, and offers an insurance scheme to members.

Search Online

There are two prominent websites available where you can search for a builder or tradesmen in your area and ask them to quote for your project, and You can input the details of your project and invite members to quote for your work. You will also be able to see recent testimonials regarding their work. You will receive a range of quotes and here is another mine field to be aware of. The cheapest quote is not always the best option and what often happens is that the price could rise during the course of the project. Equally the highest price is no guarantee that you will get a high-quality job. Once again recommendation is key. Ask for references and the contact details of some of their recent clients.

Please check the reviews online for Smiley building and construction Ltd:-

VAT Registered

All reputable builders will be VAT registered as once they exceed a turnover of £83,000 they are bound by law to be registered. You can imagine that it wouldn't take many building projects before they reached the allowable limit. Being VAT registered demonstrates that they are running their business correctly and accounting for all their work.

Who to choose

When you have narrowed down your search it is essential that you obtain references from the builders and details of their recent jobs. They will be more than happy to supply this and you should be able to make an appointment to visit the sites and talk to the owners.

Rely on your instinct

Your own gut instinct could be the deciding factor in the firm you choose to undertake the work. You will be relying on this firm to undertake work on probably your most precious asset, you must feel comfortable with them and that you can trust them to follow your instructions and keep you informed throughout the process.


Smiley building and construction Ltd are a TrustMark registered building Company and also members of the Federation of Master Builders. With more than ten years' experience in the Construction industry we take great pride in all our work. Word of mouth recommendation is our main marketing tool. All our projects are displayed on our website, with details of each job. This allows you to have a look at some of our past work and view what our previous customers have commented about our work and services.
Smiley building and construction Ltd would like to invite you to view some of our projects similar to your project and get the chance to have a chat with our clients face to face who were one day in the same position as you...

So if you are looking for a complete professional building company why not give us a call and find out how we can help you. 020 8654 7802