When money is tight and your dream property is just out of reach, extensions, loft conversions and converting your garage are a good alternative to moving house especially if you need extra space. The kind of builders Manchester finds in most demand in this time of rising house prices are the ones who can ready have value added to them through upgrading, extending or refurbishing them.


Rising Property Values

Many builders have never been so busy with enquiries coming in every day and a client diary fully booked for the next three months.

The city has seen prices rise steeply in the last decade and builders in Manchester report brisk business as people look to improve where they are rather than move.

Of course there are many advantages to staying put and improving your current house by caring out such work as installing a new bathroom and/or fitted kitchen.

There is no disruption, stamp duty, lawyers fees or estate agent’s bills and you may well add massive value to your home.


Add Value to Your Property

But how can you do this without paying over the going rate? We asked builders Manchester city council has used on local government contracts to get the inside information on how to keep prices under control.

One advised us to speak to several companies to get a feel for what is reasonable and to get everything in writing at each stage of the process.

The CAB insist that word of mouth will always win over advertising so ask family and friends for recommendations.



Ask them what would they do differently next time round and also what might they hope they had been aware of before starting the process?

It is always very sensible to view completed work and see if you are suitably impressed by it.

If you don’t know anyone who has had work done or if you have recently moved to the area, try a trade list recommended companies. You can also look on local websites or contact businesses who use similar tradespeople to the ones you will need.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate, builders always expect to haggle a bit and will often adjust their prices for cash or if they think you may go elsewhere. Remember they want your money so get as much value as you can for it.

Good luck and go find a builder in Manchester who is fully qualified for exactly the kind of work that you need to be done.