Whether you want a new ceiling light fitted or a two-storey extension built, you should be able to expect a good job for the price agreed. But what if the workmanship is poor? The building work doesn’t match the specification? Snagging problems aren’t fixed? Builders walk away part-way through the job? Or costs get hiked up unexpectedly? Disputes over things like this can be tricky to resolve.
The law gives you the right to have the job carried out with reasonable care and skill. This applies to all traders, including builders, plumbers, roofers, decorators and electricians. If you’re unhappy, it’s usually best to give the trader the chance to put things right. But if they refuse, you may be able to claim the cost of a contractor coming in to fix the problem.
Our team of experts is standing by to advise you on all sorts of problems with home improvement work, from installing solar panels to fitting a new kitchen. We can send you letter templates to help you word a complaint. We’ll also explain your legal rights and the steps you can take to pursue them. These include claiming against a warranty, escalating your complaint to a trade association or, ultimately, taking your dispute to the small claims court. We’ll: