House extension guarantee
There is no separate or individual house extension guarantee that the home owner can take out by them
selves as far as we are aware. Some house extension builders belonging to a recognised trade association or body
sometimes are able to offer a house extension guarantee but it will not come for free.
Most house extension guarantees offered by home extension builders are simply insurance
backed products that demand a fee. The builders professional body simply acts as an intermediary in setting
standards and controls for the builder to achieve that will reduce the risk of a potential claim to the
There is another way to meet most elements of your own house extension guarantee and that is to engage the
correct people from day one. Most professional home extension designers or architects will have considerable skills
in design, detailing and scheduling of the works required and like most things in life, the better the
documentation the better the performance of the final contractor will be.
Take time to approach long term professional builders who have been recommended and check them and their
previous clients out - go knocking on doors if you have to. Do your own due diligence. Paying for quality always
comes at a price so do not skimp on the designer or the builder selection. This could be one step further to
guaranteeing that you house extension will be built correctly without fault.
In our experience, most building claims of defects or failures and experiences from cowboy builders seem to
occur most when the home owner has tried to cut corners or skimped on employing the correct house extension team.
Those that employ part time ‘plans drawn’ people to save on professional fees and simply end up with a deficient
set of plans and specifications then end up applying that same thinking to the builder selection and employ someone
recommended down the pub of unknown origin working from a mobile phone number only. Then the home owner wonders why
the builder is claiming excessive extra costs for missed work schedules and detailing or the builder has thrown up
a basic shell of dubious quality and run off with all the house extension funding money.