Advice for hiring a bricklayer

I’m thinking of hiring a bricklayer to remove the existing wall at the front of my garden and replace it with a new one. What sort of qualifications or experience should a bricklayer have before I hire one? Also, would they be able to arrange waste removal or would I likely need to hire a skip company separately for getting rid of the old wall? Any building regulations/planning permission rules to consider for any of this? Thanks!

Asked by Robert on 4th May 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi, you don't need to hire a skip that will be in price with materials, I usually do price for materials and one for labour. When materials arrive I then ask for payment for materials. When I have completed job then ask for payment for labour, only when you satisfied with work. As for qualifications CSCS card for competency and public liability to protect yourself from any accidents, regards Fred."
Answered on 4th May 2022 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
"Qualifications mean nothing experience is more important when it comes to bricklaying, As a bricklayer, my first thing is to find out why the existing wall has failed, Are the footings substantial enough? The next thing be are the bricks coming out of the ground engineering bricks (These don't absorb water) Was there a capping built on protecting the wall -If not advise about having one and go through options, There are no building regulations on Garden walls and 99.9 percent of the time no planning is needed for walls up to 6ft 6, Again when walls are of a certain height wind has to be factored in and additional pillar may be required or double up the thickness, Don't pick the cheapest quote pick someone who shows knowledge and follow your gut instinct-Make sure you get a detailed estimate stating exactly what work is included in the price, The builder should advise you to get a hardcore only skip or if mass amount of bricks a hardcore grab lorry if its just hardcore waste-The builder could arrange this for you and personally as a customer I would ask the builder to order it and pay cash on delivery directly to the skip company"
Answered on 4th May 2022 - Member since Nov 2018 - report
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