Why are we different? There are many data based companies offering builders and tradesmen to consumers. These companies are fanatical about feedback. Their whole business models are based on consumer feedback. It's possible for traders to be held to ransom by consumers in exchange for not leaving negative feedback. This is further compounded by some having poor vetting procedures, as revealed in the media and in a recent BBC TV documentary. We are different. findmybuilders do not use any form of feedback to measure builder performance. We have created the industry's most robust and stringent vetting processes, to reveal the industry's best career minded professionals. Enabling us to confidently introduce our members to consumers.
How was it created? 20% of all estimates produced by our sister company, Estimators Online Ltd, are from home owners/end users who are looking for an independent cost of their building project before inviting builders to quote.
Finding a reputable builder was a huge concern for many home-owners, but this problem created an opportunity. Most homeowners using Estimators Online ask us, do we know any builders? We have over 30,000 registered trade users, but no safe, assured way of introducing them to consumers. Until now. The opportunity was to create a platform that has both the builder's and consumer's interest at the heart of its operating procedure.
How does it work? Consumers enter their postcode on findmybuilders.com. If we have sufficient trade members in that location, we invite the user to upload their drawings and project information. Estimators Online estimate the works using local markets rates from Estimators Online labours and materials database. Using this data, findmybuilders provide the consumer with a guide price to complete the works.
Findmybuilders then send a text message to all the trade members nearest the site location. The text contains a brief description of the works, the customer guide price, intended start date and the first part of the location postcode. Trade members can buy an introduction online. The first three builders who buy will be introduced to the customer. Each builder's profile will be used to create their own unique estimate for the works, which can be customised online.
All builders who wish to register must meet our stringent terms and conditions. These conditions include;
All projects above £15,000 must be completed under a JCT building contract. This protects the builder against non-payment, and protects the consumer against poor workmanship. The transparency that these conditions offer makes findmybuilders the go to provider for consumers. Builders are safe in the knowledge that the vetting process has removed the cash cowboys and the uninsured, leaving professional builders to tender on a level playing field.