About our fees
We charge a shortlist fee each time a customer shares their verified contact number with you. Because the customer has chosen you, most shortlists should result in a positive contact. Despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee you will always make contact, get to quote or win the job. In these situations, we don’t refund shortlist fees.
Success on MyBuilder is judged against your overall spend on fees. We’re confident that over time, the income from jobs you win will cover all your shortlist fees including any which are unsuccessful.
When you can dispute a shortlist fee
There are certain situations in which you can apply for a refund. If you experience one of the situations below and want to dispute the fee, get in touch. Be sure to include the job title and reason for disputing the fee when you contact us.
The customer’s phone number doesn’t work
Customers are required to verify their phone number before shortlisting. If the customer’s number is faulty, contact us. We don’t issue refunds if the customer’s number has been verified and you can't reach them.
The customer shortlists you for a job in a completely different location
Customers sometimes post their job using an incorrect postcode. If you’re shortlisted for a job that falls way outside your working area, send us the details.
You’re shortlisted more than once for an identical job
If a customer shortlists you again for a duplicate job, contact us. The job description and location must be identical to qualify for a refund.
The customer shortlists you to immediately decline your interest
The customer must have messaged you through MyBuilder at the same time they shortlisted you to qualify.
The small print
- We don’t contact customers in order to verify disputed fees. Claims are reviewed using information from our system.
- We can’t promise to approve every claim but we will do our best to be fair.
- Refunds go to your account as credits to be used against future shortlist fees. We don’t offer cash refunds.
We review and price every job lead posted on the site. Each lead is priced according to the expected job value which is based on the description of the work and the location. The fee is clearly visible on the lead before you show interest in the job. Remember, there is no fee for expressing interest - the fee only applies if you are shortlisted.
Shortlist fees vary depending on the type of job. Larger jobs incur a higher fee than smaller jobs and fees typically range from £2.50 to £37.50.
No. We believe that many genuine customers would not use MyBuilder if we were to tell them that tradespeople pay a fee to be shortlisted. Most shortlists lead to a customer contact but we can’t guarantee that tradespeople will get an opportunity to quote for every job.
Applying for a MyBuilder trade account is quick and easy. To get your application for a trade account underway, register here.
When you apply, we will ask you to:
- Provide information about you and your company
- Complete an evaluation for each trade you apply for
- Verify your identity
We aim to approve trade applications within 48 hours (Monday to Friday).
We need a verified ID check before you can start showing interest in jobs through MyBuilder. To complete the process we require a Government issued photo ID document and a profile photo.
To verify your identity, you will need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach a picture of a photo ID and a headshot for your MyBuilder profile. We aim to verify your ID within 24 hours. It may take longer if you submit your ID over the weekend or if we need to contact you for more information.
Profile Photo tips
A picture speaks a thousand words, so it's vital that your profile photo is saying all the right things.
We know that tradesmen who have a good profile picture are more likely to be shortlisted, so we've compiled a quick guide to taking a great photo that shows off you, and your business, in the best possible light.
Get a friend to help
Trying to get a good angle with a selfie can be difficult, no matter how long your arms are!
Take your picture outdoors
Make sure there is light on your face, and not behind you - try to avoid shady silhouettes.
Get in the frame
Make sure you're front and centre - get your head and shoulders in shot, a few paces away from the camera.
In most cases, we need to verify the identity of the primary point of contact for your customers.
If you are a limited company, registered with Companies House, then we will also need to verify the identity of a registered director if different from the primary account contact.
Please note that we cannot accept group photos or logos as your profile picture.
How to win more work
If your application to join MyBuilder has been successful, then we already know you are great tradesperson and your work will speak for itself. Getting your foot in the door can be difficult so a great introduction message is an essential part of success.
Your message should let the customer know you are keen on the work and give a reason for them to choose you over the competition. An effective message should include:
- An introduction to you / your company
- Your key selling points (experience, qualifications, insurance, etc.)
- Your level of service (satisfaction guarantees, reliability, cleanliness, quality of work)
- Your availability to quote and commence work, if accepted
- A direct and friendly request to be shortlisted for the work
Cover the above, be friendly and professional, and you should have plenty of opportunities come your way.
You can save your message as a template so you don’t have to type it out each time; just remember to update details such as your availability before sending it to the customer.
You can have as many different templates as you like, so if you offer more than one trade you can have specific messages for each service you offer, or separate messages for different types of customer.
If you would like some bespoke advice on creating a message just right for your business, please contact our Support team, who will be happy to assist.
Your trade profile is essentially your shop window, so it’s important to take the time to complete this as fully as possible. There are five main sections to complete:
Introduce yourself and your company and include information about your experience, service levels, and what separates you from the competition. Keep this part short and sweet; you can go into more detail later.
This is an ideal opportunity to list the types of work you undertake, mention any particularly interesting projects you have completed, and to really sell the service you offer.
In your gallery you can show off the jobs you are most proud of and represent all the services you provide. Try and include photos of different project types, and always write a caption below to let the customer know what they are looking at.
Photos of completed projects work best with all finishing touches done. Other tradespeople are interested in seeing the nuts and bolts, but homeowners prefer to see the end results.
Easy one this - list your trade qualifications, accreditations and length of experience. Mention any relevant courses you may have attended, and membership of any trade bodies.
If you hold public liability or professional indemnity insurance, add the details and potential clients will see you are covered. To add details of your Public Liability or Professional Indemnity cover simply visit your insurance page to add the details of your policy.
Ask a Tradesman
‘Ask a Tradesman’ allows homeowners to get great advice directly from expert tradesmen. Any questions you answer will be shown on your profile page which is a great way demonstrate your knowledge to potential customers, especially if you’re new to MyBuilder and don’t have much feedback.
Job leads & shortlisting
You express interest in leads by sending the job poster an introduction message. It’s free to express interest. The job poster can then either decline your interest or add you to their shortlist. Being added to a shortlist means the job poster likes the sound of your message and the look of your profile and they’re giving you permission to contact them directly to discuss their job.
Contact details are automatically shared with every shortlist; you will receive the job poster’s telephone number. Our fee is only applied once you are shortlisted.
Job posters won’t always be available to take your calls or immediately respond to your messages. Don’t give up too soon though; they may be busy. If you are having trouble getting in contact by phone or text, always send a follow-up message through MyBuilder and try calling again at a different time of day. Avoid calling too many times as it might put them off. If you still can’t make contact, send them a final text or message through the website and ask them to save your number in case they need you in future.
When a job poster adds you to their shortlist, you will receive a notification containing their name and telephone number along with the job details. Notifications are sent via email and text message, if you have opted to receive SMS alerts. The job poster will also get your telephone number but you should call them as soon as you can - don’t rely on them making the first move.
Contact details cannot be shared before shortlisting and the job poster can only respond to your introduction message if they shortlist you first.
Job posters can search for tradespeople in their area and send invitations to those they would like to get in touch with. If a customer sends you an invitation you will receive an email notification and a text message, if you have opted to receive SMS alerts. You have three options when you are invited:
- No thanks: Choose your reason for declining from a list of options and we will notify the job poster.
- Shortlist me: Accept the invitation and the shortlist fee will be automatically applied. You will get the job poster’s details straight away and you can send the job poster a message with your acceptance of their invitation. Call them as soon as possible for the best chance of success.
- Express interest in this job like a normal lead: Send the job poster a message and the fee won’t be applied or contact details exchanged unless they add you to their shortlist.
When a job is approved we send it out to an initial pool of local tradespeople. If the job doesn’t receive enough interest we widen the pool after 24 hours. You may find these jobs are further away than usual or for trades ranked lower in your list.
Billing & Settings
You can update your card details in the payment settings on your account.
We accept payment online via credit or debit card. Your card details will be securely stored for future use. To save time, you can set up automated payments where your invoices will be paid on the due date with your saved card.
Yes - your details are securely stored by WorldPay, a trusted payment processor for many UK-based merchants, accounting for approximately 42% of UK card payments.
We invoice on Mondays for any shortlist fees incurred during the previous week. Our payment terms are 7 days.
If an invoice is more than two weeks overdue:
- Your account will be restricted. You will be unable to express interest in jobs or send messages.
- We will stop sending leads to you.
It is important that you pay any very overdue invoices as soon as possible. If you are having trouble paying or have any queries about your invoice, you should contact us as soon as possible.
Feedback is an evaluation of a job poster's experience with the tradesperson they hire through MyBuilder. Job posters can read previous feedback comments on each tradesperson's profile, before they decide who to hire.
Your feedback score shows the percentage of the total number of reviews that have been marked as positive by your customers. Neutral reviews do not count towards your feedback score.
A negative review can feel like the end of the world but don't panic. Most tradesmen can expect to receive negative or neutral feedback during their time with MyBuilder and go on to win plenty more work. No one likes reading bad reviews of their business but the key to successfully overcoming negative feedback is to handle it in a polite and professional manner.
Once you have made an agreement with a customer to carry out their job, they’re entitled to leave you a review and we can’t take their feedback down unless they ask us to. Your first step should be to contact the customer and try to reach a resolution where you are both satisfied with the outcome. We know that won’t be possible in every situation as working relationships sometimes break down. If that’s the case, you have the right to post a public reply to their review.
It can be tempting to fire back a response blaming them, but that won’t look good to potential customers who see your reply. If the review has left you angry or upset it’s better to take some time to calm down so you can respond in a more considered way.
You might want to address every point the customer makes in their review but you should refrain from doing this. Instead, keep your response concise and make sure you highlight the steps you took to try and resolve the issue. A well written response should inform future customers about how well you handle service issues.
If you have received a negative review and you would like to talk to us about how to reply, please get in touch with our Trade Support team who will be happy to help.
If the customer has already marked you as hired, go to your Jobs Won list and hit the green "Ask for feedback" button on the completed job. This will send the customer an email with instructions on how to leave feedback for you. If they haven't marked you as hired, find them in your shortlisted leads list and hit the blue "I've been hired" button. We will send an email asking them to confirm you won the job so they can leave a review.
There are a number of reasons you may not be receiving our emails. Email providers sometimes mark our emails as spam so take a look in your junk mail folder. If any of our messages are in there you should mark them as safe. To help stop this from happening in future you should add email@example.com and/or @mybuilder.com to your list of safe senders or contacts. If you have done all of this and you are still having problems, get in touch and we will try to help you get the issue resolved.
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