Start-up Ideas: Property services and construction

There are lots of options for starting a business in the property services and construction sectors. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Estate Agent
Estate agents value, market and manage the sale of residential property on behalf of sellers. Their role includes valuing properties before placing them on the market, arranging viewings, negotiating sale prices and monitoring sales progress where there is a chain of properties. Find out more >

Residential Letting Agent
Residential letting agents typically provide various levels of service to residential landlords, ranging from ‘let only’ to full property management. Find out more >

Architects are qualified professionals who design new buildings and prepare plans for renovations or extensions to existing buildings. Find out more >

Gas and Central Heating Engineer
Gas and central heating engineers install, commission, service and repair gas appliances and gas-fired, oil-fired and electric central heating systems in domestic and commercial properties. Find out more >

Renewable Energy Installer
Renewable energy installers fit, service and repair microgeneration systems in domestic and commercial properties. Find out more >

Domestic Security Installer
Domestic security installers supply and fit security systems for homeowners, including intruder alarms, smoke or fire detectors, CCTV cameras, security lighting and access control panels. Find out more >

Locksmiths install, maintain, replace and repair locks and other security devices. They fit various types of mechanical locks, including cylinder and mortice, to doors and windows. Find out more >

Lighting Consutlant
Lighting consultants typically provide design, planning, and lighting specification and supply services for commercial property owners. Find out more >

Buy-to-let Landlord
Buy-to-let (BTL) landlords purchase, and often renovate, residential properties, which they then let to private tenants. Find out more >

Commercial Property Agent
Commercial property agents value, market and manage the sale, purchase and letting of commercial properties, including premises and land. Find out more >

Chartered Building Surveyor
Chartered building surveyors are qualified professionals who provide advice and specialist services, covering a range of property and construction-related projects. Find out more >

General Builder
General builders typically carry out property repairs, refurbishments, renovations and improvements and new house builds for homeowners. Find out more >

Carpet and Floor Fitter
Carpet and floor fitters install carpets, tiles, laminates and other floor coverings for homeowners and business traders such as shops, restaurants, offices, buy-to-let property owners and property developers. Find out more >

Glaziers are skilled tradespeople who install and replace conservatories, glass panes and other items of glazing such as sealed unit windows and doors in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Find out more >

Painter and Decorator
Painters and decorators provide interior and exterior decorating services for homeowners, residential landlords, and the owners of shops, offices, restaurants and other business premises. Find out more >

Blockpavers install modular paving, typically on driveways, patios and footpaths. Blockpavers generally work with moulded concrete blocks and kiln-fired clay bricks. Find out more >

Roofing Contractor
Roofing contractors build, repair and maintain roofs on existing and new-build homes and other properties. Find out more >