Bradford woman left out of pocket by builder

The importance of employing a reputable company when carrying out home improvements has been underlined by a story in the Telegraph and Argus.

A homeowner has been left out of pocket after having to call in a second builder to demolish and rebuild a two-storey extension that was deemed to be unfit for purpose.

Bradford Council building control officers explained they had advised the first tradesman as to how the improvement should be carried out, but added he had failed to meet the regulations set out.

It ruled the extension had to be rebuilt, costing Julie Steed £10,000 in labour fees and £4,000 for material, according to the newspaper.

"Unfortunately he has not followed our advice and the building failed to meet the standards set down in building regulations," the council representative added.

Whether the improvement is an extension, a conservatory or a pool house, it is important that it is done correctly first time in order to ensure any further costs are avoided.

A recent HSBC study found building an extra room can add as much as £13,285 to the value of a home.