90% of builders say most homeowners fail to ask for written contract

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned that an “alarming” number of homeowners do not ask their builders for essentials such as a contract or references.

This follows research from the FMB which found that 90% of builders say that the majority of homeowners do not ask for a written contract.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, felt there were indications that homeowners were leaving themselves vulnerable to problems in terms of how they approached their building work.

“The vast majority of builders say that most clients fail to ask for references and even fewer ask for a written contract on their work.

“There is a similar trend when it comes to asking for critical things like an agreed payment schedule and key warranties on work, as well as checking whether the builder has any external accreditation or recognition from professional trade associations like the FMB.

“These protections really are essential to helping clients weed out the cowboys and mitigate against any issues that could crop up during the build.

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