How to brief a builder on a home renovation project

Before you start your build, lay the foundations with a strong brief to your builder. Here's how...

By Hugh Metcalf | 14 April 2020

Ready to start a home renovation project? If you’re armed with an idea, here’s how to approach and brief a builder to take on the work.

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A good brief is putting your best foot forward with a build team. Take a look at these top 5 tips from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to ensure you both get the most out of this step of the process.

Have an idea

While you don’t need your plan of action to be fully developed at this point, having a clear idea of what you want the project to entail is key – as much detail as possible will help you have clear, concise conversations with prospective builders at this point. If you’re working with an architect, show these to your builder while briefing, as this will help their quote accuracy. Some building companies also offer a complete design and build service, which means they can start from the very beginning to bring your ideas to life.


Taking some time to research is always important at the start of a build project, especially if you’re less experienced in this arena. As well as researching any prospective build company to check reviews and whether they’re members of credible trade associations such as the Federation of Master Builders, you should also look into the responsibilities which fall to you as a homeowner that is commissioning building works.