The initiative is the result of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) teaming up with the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA).
Self-builders can now find an FMB member firm through NaCSBA’s online resource, the self-build portal.
The FMB’s ‘Find a Self-Build Contractor’ service is free to use and draws on a database of over 1,500 local contractors.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “Interest in self-build solutions is growing stronger every day and the government is now putting in place policies which should help more people to realise the vision of building their own home. As this happens, self-builders will need a pool of capable and experienced contractors and a trusted means of finding the right one. That’s why the FMB has created this service and we’re very pleased to have been able to team up with NaCSBA to deliver this through the self-build portal. This is the product of the building industry and self-build representatives working together to facilitate the growth of self and custom build, which will improve the choice available to customers in the new homes market.”
NaCSBA chairman Michael Holmes added: “Around half of all self-builds in the UK are carried out by main contractors on behalf of a private client. This service is the first of its kind to enable self-builders to get in touch with those contractors who can offer them the specialist service they require. It should save self-builders time and effort, is more likely to result in a better 'match' and, of course, it is a great way for FMB members to find the right clients.”