Step 3: finding a builder or contractor

If you choose to hire a contractor or builder to carry out your building work, it's important to find a good/reliable tradespeople.

There are lots of things you can do to ensure you hire the right person for the job:

Make a short list

Our partner My Builder, helps you find great builders and tradespeople and review feedback for work they've done. All you need to do is post your job on for free and choose from local tradespeople interested in your job.

Feedback rewards tradesmen for good work and holds them accountable for any problems.

Visit your local branch

Our Travis Perkins branch staff can provide you with details of local tradesmen that they work with.

Although they will not be able to recommend or advise you of a tradesperson to choose, they can give you contact information so you can speak to them independently for a quote.

Get references

Once you've got two or three acceptable quotes, ask for local references you can independently contact to check on the tradespeople's previous work.

Get a contract

Most builders will be happy to sign something that clarifies payment terms, schedules and the work expected to be carried out by them.