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Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Sophia on 17/9/2017

Janis completed the job to a high standard, kept to timescale and budget. I would highly recommend.

LG groundworks and paving we are a reliable company that do work to a very high standard every time.

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

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Reviewed by James on 17/9/2017

Very pleased with Liam's work. Quote was competitive. He was able to start quickly and completed the job with the complete satisfaction of my tenant. I'd recommend and use again for future work, James (Landlord)

We have over 10 years of hands on experience in trades of Carpentry, Tiling, Decorating, Kitchen installations and external work such as Fencing, Paving, Land Scaping and Brickwork. We pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time.

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

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Reviewed by Evan on 17/9/2017

excellent and very polite

We are your Joinery Experts All the tools to carry out any Carpentry&Joinery jobs+Just Phone arrange Quote

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Wooden staircases, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal

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Reviewed by Claire on 17/9/2017

Great advice given, work completed to a high standard.

We undertake a huge variety of work to a very high standard-I have over 7 years of experience as a multi skilled tradesman and have a high number of repeat customers. We are reliable, trustworthy, honest and reasonably priced to give you 100% satisfaction

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

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Reviewed by Jayne on 17/9/2017

The job was to erect an 8 x 10 plastic shed and eco deck flooring as a shed base. Ben was unable to lay the shed base membrane and flooring and I was asked to visit B&Q to purchase cable ties. The floor tiles could not be laid. The shed took a very long time to work out and was left unfinished until the following day. I paid Ben £60 the next day he returned and could not align the roof so tied it with cable ties. He did not return and I had to pay another builder to collapse the damaged shed.

Warner Builders are a family firm that have been offering Building services for three generation's. Based in North Broxtowe but cater for the whole of the East Midlands. We cover all aspects of Building. Brickwork Specialists, a clean and reliable service

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Rob on 17/9/2017

Darren and Bob have done a brilliant job of the barbecue I wanted building. They liaised with me at every step of the build process. Although they weren't the cheapest quote I had, I can't fault the work they did. I'd recommend them and would use them again if anymore work comes up.

We are family business doing roofing and building work for over 40years we always on time and look leave our customers happy for repeat business we have long list happy customers and always looking for more

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

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Reviewed by Natalie on 17/9/2017

great job, efficent and left area tidy

AQLTD is over 4 years old fully insured company. It's being built on client's trust, not on client's money. In our work we strive for transparency, before starting any job client gets a detailed contract, payment schedule and work schedule.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by Antonio on 17/9/2017

job was completed on budget to a very good standard , i am pleased with the quality of the work done...tradesmen were polite and hardworking.. Having got 3 quotes for the job, i was pleased with the quote i was given and all work carried out... I would recommend this company .. thank you ..

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

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Reviewed by Ian on 17/9/2017

Darren did an excellent job of laying our patio. He came to give a quote within an hour of posting the job on here. He responded to texts quickly and arrived when he said he would. He is friendly, works hard and tidies up afterwards. The works was carried out to a high standard and to the agreed price, despite my buying slightly too few of varying thickness slabs, when he had quoted for calibrated ones. Would use him again. Very impressed.

A skilled carpenter on both bench and site work, honest and reliable.I have experience in new construction, repair and refurbishment of furniture, and all wooden construction.Also I have experience in painting and tiles.

Trades serviced: Wooden staircases, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Laminate Flooring

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Reviewed by Bhaven on 17/9/2017

Amazing job in transforming our room. Highly recommend and would use again in the future.

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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