I live in UK. Since I have decided to buy house, I would need a mortgage lender, conveyancing solicitors and property surveyor. However, this is not all in the long term. I also need to find reliable and competent builders for any decoration or repair work.
My friend had an experience with a builder, this builder did the job partially and then one day asked for a huge sum of money saying that he had to buy more materials. He took the money and never showed up again. My friend found this builder through some website where the builder had a lot of good reviews. This was obviously a huge problem for my friend.
Are builders generally unreliable like this?
If we can't find a reliable builder through our connections, what options do we have?
What is the best way to find a reliable builder?
Should we make deal with large organizations that take on contracts rather than a one man band to do all the work?