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RAPH Ltd providing energy efficient plumbing and heating solutions to help you cut the cost of you energy bill.Our aim is to leave the customer fully satisfied and happy to engage our services in the future. Approve installer Vaillant,Glow.Worm,Worcester

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by Pauline on 22/9/2017

Raph is a very pleasant and collaborative person to deal with. He was professional and did his best to identify the problem and resolve the issue in a cost effective way. I will use Raph in the future as this was a very good experience!

ROOFING FROM A SINGIE TILE TO A NEW ROOF ALL TYPES TILE SLATE AND FLAT CHIMNEYS REPOINTED REBUILD AND REMOVED U P V C FASIAS SOFFITS AND GUTTERING ALL COLOURS AND STYLES FULL REPLACEMENT. DRY VERGE SYSTEMES PAINTING AND DECORATING. ALL WASTE REMOVED

Trades serviced: Tree Surgery / Consultancy, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Darren on 22/9/2017

Very friendly. Work was top notch. Sorted out one very minor issue prompty. Highly satisfied with work and already got 2nd job lined up.

We are a family run business who are devoted to supply the best possible service we can provide we specialise in roofing and guttering but we also have many years of experience in all types of property maintenance from furniture assembly to ground works

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Porch / Canopy, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Gail on 22/9/2017

Although I never actually met them all communication was prompt and friendly. Only time will tell on how water proof the roof is now but all looks fine. They even offered and took away some extra items away I had that were due to go to the tip!

We transform damaged and ordinary walls,ceilings and floors.We undertake all other plastering,decorating work to an exceptional level of quality and guarantee all coatings finishes.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Internal Painting & Decorating, External wall painting, Door / Window painting, Screeding

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Reviewed by Mary on 22/9/2017

I can't praise Calin's work too highly. We were very pleased indeed. The ceiling patch is invisible and he left our house spotless. He was quick, courteous, and very good at his work. We would certainly recommend him, and certainly use him again.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Loft Conversion, Laminate Flooring, Wooden Decking, Internal Painting & Decorating

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Reviewed by James on 22/9/2017

Cris did an excellent job. Very friendly, polite, diligent and calm. He was flexible and happy to take on extra jobs as the project went on. He was a joy to work with and I'd highly recommend him.

Forty years experience in the building trade, all types of repairs, alterations, updates, all our work is to the highest standard and guaranteed, punctual clean and tidy!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Iain on 22/9/2017

Excellent - the job done with a minimum of fuss; I would certainly use them again.

Hello , i'm into my fifth year and have linked with other high standard members to offer an larger base of trades to compete for your work. I believe in high standards and work with only like minded builders for everyones peace of mind. Many thanks Mick.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Rosy on 22/9/2017

Mick was a friendly, reliable and a skilled workman. He turned up when he said he would and at the times he said he would. The quality of the render is excellent and the final painted wall looks really good. Mick delivered a very professional finish. I recommend him highly.

We have over 20 years of experience in ground work and landscape gardening and building services and our aim is to put our 20 year experience into your home so you can have a good experience using our service

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by MARIE on 22/9/2017

James and his son did an excellent job for me. They arrived when they said they would, worked hard and discussed my best options all the time. They are respectful and well mannered. I would definitely employ them again and would recommend them. My front garden has been transformed and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

I'm specialized in the field of civil and industrial electrical systems, with over 30 years of experience; in the building of conditioning, water and heating systems.As I live in Glasgow from September, my certifications are still waiting to be recognized

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Stonework / Stone Cladding

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Reviewed by Saleema on 22/9/2017

Very nice chatty man

WE ARE BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE COMPANY BASED IN SE LONDON CALLED MNF BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE. OUR SERVICE INCLEUDED KITCHEN AND BATHROOM INSTALLATION, PAINTING AND DECORATING, FLOORING, CARPENTRY, ELECTRICAL, PLASTERING, TILING AND REFURBISHMENT.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by simon on 22/9/2017

Very quick, reliable top work.

Builders - what you need to know

The term ‘builder’ covers a broad range of possible work in your home. In general, a builder will take on larger structural jobs like loft conversions, home extensions and full renovations. They’ll assess what needs to be done and arrange for various specialist tradespeople to complete the work, while managing the whole project. They’re crucial to making complicated jobs run smoothly.

What a builder can help with

  • Conservatories.
  • House extensions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Basement conversions.
  • Renovations.
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A builder won’t typically be very hands-on with tools. Instead, they’ll be arranging materials, submitting plans to councils, organising tradespeople, and communicating with you what’s happening and what decisions you need to make. They’ll also make sure that everything is being completed within your budget.

When undergoing a big job, there are bound to be issues discovered along the way, and a good builder will communicate these with you, as well as any effect on how long it’ll take to complete the whole project. Always factor in extra time and extra budget into your planning so that you’re not caught out.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a good way to give yourself extra space in your house, and as long as you stay within the (somewhat extensive) planning guidelines, you won’t need to get any planning permission. Conservatories are available in uPVC, timber and aluminium, which will give you plenty of options when thinking about design, build and durability. Depending on your budget and your tastes, you can either go for a standard or bespoke design.

The qualifications your builder needs

It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of any qualifications that a builder has listed on a profile page or elsewhere. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Trade bodies

The first thing you can do when considering a builder is to check they’re registered with an official trade body. There are several in the UK such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds.

You can see a full list of bodies on the British Associations site, or with TrustMark.

Gas Safe and Part P

Builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so that’s another thing you can check.

Competent person scheme

For any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for building jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - if you’re in a conservation area you you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you. You might also want to consider using an architect to help with the planning, design and necessary permissions.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for building work

Public liability insurance

Your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

 

 

Questions you should ask a builder

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking builders.

Building ideas

Check out how to create more space without moving house. Once the work is under way, make sure everything goes smoothly with our top tips for communicating effectively with your builder and how to make things as easy as possible. Last but not least, read advice from TV’s favourite property expert, and our brand ambassador, Phil Spencer – you and your builder.

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