Advice & Tips
Undertaking any work in your home is a stressful time. Whether fitting a plug socket, installing a kitchen or building a new extension you need to feel safe and secure that the work is to the highest possible safety standards and meets all the necessary regulations. So how do you know if your tradesman’s work is up to scratch?
Understanding Building Regulations
The guidelines for all work completed on your house are the UK Building Regulations (Scottish Building Standards in Scotland) and depending on the work required, you (or your tradesman) may have to inform Local Building Control of the work and arrange an inspection on completion. The guidelines for all work completed in your home are the UK Building Regulations. To find out more about Building Regulations in England and Wales visit www.labc.uk.com or in Scotland - www.sbsa.gov.uk
Is it important to use tradesmen who comply with Building Regulations?
YES. Apart from being a legal requirement (if you fail to have work done in accordance with the regulations you may be compelled to have it re-done) it guarantees the work will be of a quality that is fit for purpose and, more importantly safe.
It is also very important when it comes to selling your home or making an insurance claim. Work that has not been done to the current standards could invalidate your insurance or affect the sale of your property.
Is all work covered by building regulations?
No. Building regulations covers structural work and areas concerned with the health and safety of the occupants as well as latest environmental standards. Work such as painting and decorating and general repairs do not fall under building regulations.
How do I know a tradesman is competent?
Finding a professional, competent tradesman that will carry out your work and meet current legislation is no easy task. That's why every tradesman who is part of a Trade Body register has a registered logo so you can easily understand what they can and cannot do.
How do I choose between tradesmen?
When choosing between tradesmen you can shortlist those in your area based on:
- The level of qualifications
- Insurance details
- Membership of registered schemes
- Past customer recommendations
Armed with this information you can then choose based on the price they quote you.
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