“Ben and his team at Smart Choice have recently completed a large renovation project on our house. This consisted of a kitchen extension, remodeling of the internal rooms, remodeling of the garage into a bedroom/bathroom, general updating of windows, plumbing, and electrics amongst other things!. We have been delighted with the results. Smart Choice are hard-working, reliable and a pleasure to deal with. Nothing is a problem and they have a really positive attitude. All work was carried out as per the initial quote and communication throughout the project was excellent. We would wholeheartedly recommend using Smart Choice to anyone looking for a reasonably priced and excellent quality contractor.”

Rachael and Nigel Fox

“Smartchoice Contractors built our extension earlier this year. My wife and I are over the moon that we chose Ben and his team to do the work. Fairly priced, quality craftsmanship, easy to talk to, and with a fantastic work ethic, Smartchoice exceeded expectations. Their aftercare too has been wonderful. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them, and, in fact, have done numerous times to friends and family since the end of the build. Incidentally, we’re having additional work done on a different part of the house next year and Smartchoice will be our first port of call. Truly, they’re fantastic.”

Nick Harvey

“We were very happy with the work Ben and the team did renovating the downstairs of our house, which included new kitchen/utility, new flooring and woodwork, replastering and some structural alterations. The work was done in line with the estimate and we were kept informed throughout the project. We’re so happy with the end result we will be asking Ben to come back to work on the upstairs of the house”

Nicola, Crowborough

"Ben and Josh built a gabion retaining wall to protect our eroding garden. I really can't recommend them highly enough. They did a fantastic job which we are very pleased with, they were polite and tidy a pleasure to have working with us. They kept us informed about all steps of the work and completed the job to a really high standard to the agreed cost and in great time. Book them for your next job!"

Richard and Karen

"We were really anxious regarding the extension. We were worried about the build itself, running over budget and also having to live in the house whilst the build took place. From our first meeting, Ben put as at ease and reassured us. Throughout the build Ben and his team were really friendly, reliable and worked to a high standard. Ben patiently answered our questions or concerns and willingly accommodated any requests. He was also mindful of our budget and ensured there were no ‘surprises’ . We were also able to live whilst the build was going on – losing the washing machine for 2 days only – we were expecting much more disruption. We would not hesitate to use Ben again or recommend him to others."

Stuart and Sarah

"We employed SmartChoice Contractors to do the building work for our En-Suite Bathroom in the period Oct – Dec 2017. We chose them because they were on a short list of recommended builders from our chosen plumber.

We were very pleased with the contribution Ben Simmonds and his team made to the project. They supplied the following services:

  • breaking into an internal load-bearing wall, fitting a lintel and new stud walls
  • connecting an effluent pipe to the main sewer
  • providing electrical & plastering services for the new En-suite
  • providing carpentry services, including the fitting of three new doors
  • liaising with Wealden DC to achieve building regulations approval
  • providing a skip and waste materials removal

We particularly appreciated the following provided by SmartChoice:

  • clear estimate with adherence to agreed charges; extras were discussed in advance and reasonable
  • good project management of sub-contractors and his own work
  • good quality workmanship with no corners cut
  • Ben and his team were very pleasant to work with and helpful with working around our family arrangements
  • Ben and his team protected the rest of the house from dust etc and cleaned up well after each operation

We would use SmartChoice in future for building projects and have no hesitation in recommending them."

Jim & Sue Thomson

"We'd had a bad experience in the past with a builder and took 18 months to find a suitable builder for our extension. Ben was working on one of our neighbours properties so we were able to witness his workmanship on a daily basis before asking him to do the work for us. He gave good advice from the start and was happy to explain what he was doing and why as the build progressed (I have an enquiring mind and he has the patience of a saint!) He's reliable , cheerful, punctual and hard working. He always left the site clean and tidy. He kept us informed both in person and by e-mail throughout the build, completed on time and kept to budget. We are really pleased with our extension and its received several compliments from friends. We would definately use Ben again, in fact i'd be reluctant to use anyone else."

Sheila and Gordon

"We are very happy with Ben and all his contractors. The quality of the work is exceptional and everyone was helpful, polite, and professional, nothing was too much trouble. We were always kept informed so we knew when to expect trades and who would be in our house at certain times. The price quoted was the price we paid. We are so pleased with the final result and we would have no hesitation in recommending Smartchoice Contractors.Thank you once again! "


"Ben and his team re-roofed our very old house and completed some other minor building works over a period of 5 weeks. We selected Ben based on several recommendations from friends and looking at the excellent quality of his other work. We wanted somebody who knew his stuff and whom we could trust. He never let us down. The quality of the workmanship, tiling and general building was superb. The team delivered to time, cost and quality. Any inadvertent damage (inevitable on such a large job) was repaired/replaced without question. The team always arrived on the dates and times agreed and left the works site clean and tidy. We had a minimal snagging list which was completed within a few days. Ben also worked hard to retrieve all the old Kent peg tiles for re-sale and then helped negotiate the transaction. This helped off-set the costs a great deal. Ben’s attention to detail and ideas improved on our own plans. The chimney re-build and re-pointing he completed really improved the property and looked totally within the character of the building. We have already decided to use Ben and his team for the repair and re-pointing of the old external walls in the spring. The photos show the excellent outcome achieved. Ben proved excellent at liaising with other supplies who were fitting windows, iron gates etc. which meant we kept to a very tight overall plan to time, cost and quality. I would highly recommend Ben and his team for any re-roofing, extension or general building work. 10 out of 10 from us for an excellent job."

Alan Jenkinson

"I had two main concerns before embarking on our building project. Firstly, I feared working with a contractor who was unreliable, did not communicate, was not thorough, did not appreciate that we had to continue living in the house, and whose work was not up to scratch. The second was that the contractor would not understand the importance of working to our tight budget. I am very happy to report those concerns soon evaporated. Ben Simmonds of Smartchoice proved to be an excellent choice of building contractor. He was polite, efficient, respectful of our home, friendly, turned up every day on time, kept us informed of every step in the process, always made himself available to explain or answer questions, and was extremely accommodating. I cannot praise him, his attitude, or the quality of his work enough. He was so on top of the project and in such close touch with us that we had none of the stress we feared. He was also very mindful of our available funds and ensured the project kept to that budget as it progressed. I would wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend Ben to anyone considering building work."

Iain Luxford, Crowborough.

"Ben and his team were fantastic and we are absolutely thrilled with the finished extension. Smartchoice built a second floor master bedroom and bathroom above existing single storey rooms. It was started on the exact date quoted, was exactly to the original budget, inspite of us making some minor changes. It was completed within the time of 8 weeks quoted. Ben and his team were always here working very hard, we were kept informed of progress throughout and great consideration was given to us and our home. We have already recommended Smartchoice and will continue to do so. We already have further projects lined up for Ben. "

Jim & Carolyn Cro, Crowborough.

"Ben replaced a dormer window for me was fantastic worked until the job was done and even hoovered the room when finished..... Above all my expectations. I also rang him with blocked drains 20 mins later he was there and the problem was dealt with. I cannot recommend Ben enough and would never use another builder."

Lisa Thorne, Crowborough.

"I was very pleased with the work Ben did for me. He was always on time, and always kept in the picture on the progress of the build. I have now asked him to quote for further building work as he is somebody you can trust to ensure the job gets done properly."

Geoff, Tunbridge Wells.

"We are an estate agents and will use the services of Smartchoice Contractors on a very regular basis.
We have found them to be reliable, approchable and honest. I have no problem in reccomending them."

Gino Cinganelli, Swanley.

"I was very pleased with the work Ben did on my own property - building a driveway, repairing a chimney and replacing a ceiling. I recommended him to my mother who was delighted with the paint job he did on the exterior of her bungalow. I can certainly recommend Smartchoice."

Linda Hardy, Crowborough.

"We first used Ben who blocked paved our front drive. We were very pleased with not only the workmanship but also his reliability.
We then got Ben to build a large two storey rear extension. This was also built to a high standard, on cost and passed all building control inspections first time.
I would have no hesitation of using Ben in the future."

Chris Wollen, Uckfield.

"Mr Simmonds carried out several jobs on our property over a period of six months. Workmanship is to an excellent standard. He and his team are reliable, trustworthy and mr Simmonds keeps clients informed at all stages of the job. It is not always easy to recommend a builder but I have been pleased to provide his details to family and friends which 3 have engaged his services."

Kevin Saunders, Crowborough.

"Fitted 4 passifier vents and extractor fans, regrouted our shower room and fitted a new shower enclosure and fitted an insulated ceiling with spot lights and a new radiator and decorated. All work completed to a high standard and within timescale. Completely trustworthy will recommend to others."

Karen Styles, Crowborough.

"I would thoroughly recommend Smart Choice as they did a very good job in replacing the roof and door of our outside store. Ben and his team are very friendly, efficient and tidy workers."

Peter Morris, Crowborough.

"We were really pleased with the work done and Ben went that extra mile. Ben was very reliable and we highly recommend him"


"We have been very impressed with the work we received from Ben and his crew, he was always very punctual and friendly. The end results were exactly what we were looking for and what made the service great is that he was always willing to accommodate any last minute changes we asked for. His work is very professional and over all I would certainly recommend him to anybody looking for top quality work!"


We have been very pleased with the work Ben and his team have carried out for us. The quality of workmanship is very good but we were also impressed by how quickly it was done. Ben and his team were reliable, very easy to get on with and very respectful of the fact they were in our home. The site was kept tidy at all times and the job was finished on time and within the budget we had agreed. We would happily recommend Smart Choice Contractors.