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Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Demolition, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Trisha on 25/4/2018

Brin has recently hung a door in my living. I found him to be very punctual. His work was excellent and very reasonably priced. Would recommend to anyone. Thanks Brin.

Aqua Roofing & Building are a specialist company ready to take on all matters of the building trade. Whether it be a single slate repair or a full home renovation we have the work force, skill and knowledge to deal with projects of all sizes and nature. We cover all aspects of works from plastering and painting to damp proofing and preservation. We welcome all domestic, commercial and industrial works covering Edinburgh, all Lothian regions, Fife, Glasgow and the borders. All our works come with a written guarantee to ensure peace of mind to our clients for completed works to keep to the highest standards for years to come.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Con on 25/4/2018

A very positive experience throughout - Lee arrived at the agreed time to look at the job and discussed his solution with me. His quote was very precise and detailed and the price was very competitive. The work was carried out when agreed and the guys cleaned up after themselves. The work comes with a written 10 year guarantee which also gives some peace of mind. I would certainly use this company again and would have no hesitation in recommending them. Con McGeady

With twenty years experience in the building trade we offer a highly professional service in all aspects of Roofing including slate and stone...fascias gutters and leadwork....we also offer a top level service in domestic plumbing with over ten years experience and qualifications...bathrooms are an area we specialise in but all aspects can be undertaken

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Granit on 25/4/2018

Mick was brilliant, he messaged me on Tuesday and got the job done the next day for a very competitive price. Would highly recommended Mick to anyone.

I am a fully insured general handyman covering all aspects from painting to roofing. I am qualified and accredited in most trades and happy to offer a free quote service on all jobs. I cover DD,AB,EH,KY,FK and PH postcodes.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Burglar Repairs, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation

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Reviewed by Anastasia on 25/4/2018

Barry did a great job and at a reasonable price too! I really appreciate the helpful advice as well.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by miss on 25/4/2018

Excellent communication and professionalism by Charlie Hibbs from start to completion of job,

We are a family run company, we have a reputation for excellence and attention to detail, not only in the quality of work we do, but also in the high standard of customer service we provide. You only have to read our ratings on rated people to know that we are competitively priced. But we don't cut any corners - quality and value are what we offer. We liaise with you every step of the way, are knowledgeable and willing to give advice, before, during and after your work. You will always find us willing to help and answer any questions you have.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Wanda on 25/4/2018

Maurice, Johnathon and boys did a great good for me. They fixed 3 broken gutters, several loose slates and they also took up part of the patio, dug a tench, put up willow fences and planted a Holm Oak hedge. They are really friendly, helpful and kept in touch with me to let me know when they were arriving and how the job was going. I’d recommend them for a job well done!! Thanks again

Well established builder/roofer 20 years experience from a slipped tile to a complete new build No job too big or small Building , extensions . Renovations . Garage and cellar conversations . Dorms extension

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Crown Reduction, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by Alison on 25/4/2018

I found Matt to be very helpful and skilled, and would recommend his services.

G hammond builders Specialise in all kinds of building work to a high spec,Joinery,basic plumbing And lots more

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Jax on 25/4/2018

Job completed to a high standard

I've been working in the maintenance Industry for the past 17 years and i've worked for 6 different councils in London, I've been trading since 2012 with this company.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by Hetty on 25/4/2018

Sebastien tended to my overgrown garden and did a very satisfactory job. Very pleased with it. He’s also very polite. Thought I’ll mention that too. He’s definitely your guy

SK Contracts is able to provide our clients with a wide variety of building services and maintenance. We have an experienced team of builders that allows us to take on the smallest of repairs as well as larger construction projects.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by Richard on 25/4/2018

Nino fitted this boiler. He communicated regularly between the order for a new boiler being placed to when it was fitted. There were a few delays along the way, but he kept me informed. Nino sourced and fitted a Grant combi oil boiler outside and I have to say I am very pleased with his work. The boiler itself is of the highest spec and he managed to source it for much less than what I have seen on the internet. I highly recommend this company to others.

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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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