Are you a Domestic client?
Are you having some work done on your property?
Below is a list of useful information resources if you are having construction work carried out on your own home or the home of a family member.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
People who have construction work carried out on their own home or the home of a family member, that is not done in furtherance of a business, whether for profit or not.
Domestic clients are in scope of CDM 2015, but their duties as a client are normally transferred to:
the contractor, on a single contractor project, or
the principal contractor, on a project involving more than one contractor.
However, the domestic client can choose to have a written agreement with the principal designer to carry out the client duties.
Local Authority Building Control
Advice for homeowners on extensions and conversions
Finding a trader
Trading Standards Institute Consumer Codes Approval Scheme
Some Local Authorities may hold a list of Local Tradesmen. Check with your local Council.
Employing a builder by Stockport Council
Search for a trader:
HAE (Hire Association Europe)
The leading trade association for equipment hire companies
EHA (Event Hire Association)
The leading trade association for event equipment hire companies
See how long a company has been trading and if they are still trading verify address:
Health & Safety
Are they accredited by a reputable safety Scheme e.g. CHAS or other SSIP Scheme?
If you wanted to verify that a company is
Top tips on how to spot a cowboy builder
Finding a trustworthy trader:
Search for your local Trading Standards office:
Always get references from previous customers for the type of work you want to have done
Obtain quotations from at least three contractors
Check the terms of the contract carefully, including payment, timescales and any penalty clauses