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At Savvy Jo’s we cover everything from plumbing, electric, carpentry, gardening, roofing and decorating. We cover all levels from small refurbishments to multi million pound, super prime residential projects. With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry our expertise, quality, flexibility, and reliability is why clients trust us and come back to us time after time.

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Reviewed by Lydia on 13/9/2020

Excellent work. Professional, efficient and high quality. Would definitely recommend, and will be using Savvy Jo's for all our future renovations.

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

No job is too big or too small for our team to undertake, just give us a call to talk about your requirements and will get working on a competitive quotation for you to ensure your ideas become a reality for your home and your family. At authentic all of our work is fully guaranteed, we carry public liability insurance of £2m and we do not need a deposit, however we do require interim payments on larger jobs, speak to a member of our friendly team for more information. We use only the best quality building materials to get the job done professionally and efficiently every time and to your budget.

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Reviewed by Paul on 27/1/2021

Refit fiberboard weatherboard that had come loose. Came out same day and refitted. Reasonable price but excellent in terms of speed of call-out and work done. Felt confident he knew what he was doing.

pro-fix builders ltd, we are a one-stop building & property maintenance. we undertake all your needs, including: paving, fencing, roofing, painting & decorating, upvc facias & guttering, & general property maintenance.

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Reviewed by Colin on 15/10/2021

Efficient, punctual and did the job (despite difficult access, as had the necessary gear)

New Era Property Solutions are a small family business with more than thirty years experience in construction and hard landscaping. We provide a wide array of high quality services for home and garden throughout Somerset, Devon and Dorset allowing us to maintain quick response times and competitive pricing. We specialise in small scale property development and refurbishment, barn conversions, extensions, garage conversion, conservatories and general repairs. We also undertake all aspects of hard landscaping including fencing, decking, pergola's, feature and retaining walls, patios, block paving, pond construction and water features. We also install low maintenance garden features such as artificial grass and decorative gravelled areas. If you need additional help turning your ideas and dreams into reality we can introduce you to a highly regarded designer/draughtsman and an outstanding landscape garden design service. We pride ourselves on our reliability, quality workmanship and attention to detail, much of our work is from repeat customers or recommendation. So if your not happy neither are we! We provide free estimates, detailed transparent quotations and comprehensive advice with a no quibble twelve month guarantee on all work undertaken,with no job too big or too small.

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Reviewed by Mavis on 20/2/2021

Very pleased with all the work that was carried out by Jake. He listened to what I wanted, made suggestions, was polite at all times and left everything neat and tidy. Would be more than happy to recommend this company.

hi my name is Valentin I Renovate houses From demolition to finishing Walls, Ceilings, Wood floor,tiles,Kitchen, Fence, Doors, bathrooms

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Reviewed by Dr Marcio on 9/2/2021

Excellent professional, clean, fast and willing to make the difference. Job completed on time. I recommend him and we’ll hire again soon.

Specialists in all aspects of roofing, whether it be a pitched or flat roof we cover it all..... With over 40 years experience between us you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands. Competitive prices and free quotations also.

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Reviewed by Kuljinder on 25/1/2021

The process with Simon was fantastic from the start. His communication is clear and he explains his knowledge in a way that is honest and understandable. The quality of his work is exemplary and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

family business for over 25-year a quality job for an affordable price

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Reviewed by Cherry on 14/10/2021

The job was completed quickly and efficiently. Communication was clear and concise. I Will definitely use this company again should the situation arise.

My company does all types of roofing work, building work and lead work , general building work, rubbish removals , fencing ‘n’ decking etc.

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Reviewed by Craig on 19/10/2021

Dean and his team were polite, courteous and thoroughly professional throughout. He was more than happy to make small adjustments as required to make the job perfect, he even cleaned our gutters whilst on the roof. Would recommend without hesitation.

With over 30 years of experience in property renovation, We don't compete on price - If you want the job done right- give us a call.

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Reviewed by Kelly on 22/4/2020

Mark was prompt, worked efficiently and delivered the job to a high standard. I will definitely use Mark for future projects.

Morrison contractors covering all areas of painting and Home Improvements specialists in exterior roof and wall coatings all our work is guaranteed using best of materials finished at high standard friendly reliable family business

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Reviewed by Ian on 16/10/2021

Good prompt work, straightforward to deal with.

17 years of experience of construction industry.Educational training at Industrial High School.

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Reviewed by Abhijith on 23/1/2020

He was excellent and the only trade person who was able to confidently say that he could build this toilet and delivered it on time. Not only that he also helped us with other fittings around the house with minimal charges. He is definitely a go to person for any of our future building works

Garth Builders Ltd. for building and roofing services Building and roofing contractors provide a range of domestic and commercial building services. But we are not your average building and roofing contractor. Call us for a building or roofing service. We might just surprise you. We can undertake all kinds of building and roofing works. Building and roofing services are also known to charge exorbitant prices. However, our aim is to provide all customers with affordable building and roofing services. So if you are a homeowner or a commercial enterprise who needs a building or roofing work done, we are the company to call. We also work for the local authority so we understand the necessity of doing a good job. We are are fully compliant with safety and health regulations. Why Garth Builders Ltd. for these services? For more than 40 years, we’ve become a trusted and established name in building and roofing work around the city and nearby places. Rest assured we can meet your building and roofing needs with our safe work systems, use of superior materials and quality workmanship. We have the skills, expertise and the knowledge to work on any type of building and roofing project. We are always investing in and embracing new techniques so we are up to date with recent advancements in products and services. It also means we can provide a range of building and roofing services, all of which can meet your specific requirements. We also accept insurance for our building and roofing work, so please call us for the details. Our aim is to achieve great results and to ensure our customers requirements are reached with efficiency. Contact Garth Builders Ltd. today Thanks to our attention to detail and quality workmanship, we have a number of customers who rely on us for their building and roofing requirements. For any building or roofing work in this city, depend on Garth Builders to deliver quality services at very competitive rates. You can take our word for it. The services we offer are as follows All types of building works undertaken Extensions Conservatories All types of ground works Drainage Joinery works Plastering Flagging Roofing repairs Re-roofs Windows doors Pointing Dry verge systems Fascias & soffits All types of guttering works

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Reviewed by simon on 14/10/2021

Professional from start to finish. Provided a competitive and clear, itemised quote and good communication in the lead up to the job. Work was to a high standard carried out by friendly and careful workmen. The chaps cleared up all the construction debris, checked I was happy with everything before departing. First class from start to finish, and would not hesitate to use Garths again.

First Renderers is proud to be a family business, with quality expertise and experience. We have done jobs for celebrities like George Clarke and John Terry as well as the Tv show Grand Designs so you can be certain that our focus is Quality, Hardwork & Ultimately Customer Satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Ed on 21/10/2020

Focused on professional delivery

Platinum Roofing & Building Ltd offers a range of repairs carried out to an extremely high standard. Free qoutes & Inspections. Professional roofing team!

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Reviewed by graham on 16/6/2020

They were in contact quickly and the work was done . the unexpected cost was to remedy other work that was not done properly by the builder. I also have a 10 year guarantee which was the deciding factor in choosing them. Graham Evans

I'm the guy in the back, I made a name for myself in commercial construction but as times change i am now only doing domestic work due too corona virus

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 21/5/2021

Good job

Roof master are highly trained and professional, ready to face any new project handed to them. We will perform all the previously mentioned roofing work with expert precision, confidence, the up most professionalism and the highest levels of health and safety.

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Reviewed by Sam on 24/8/2021

Hard working, reliable and very honest. Phoned before arriving with a time. Completed all the work required. Would recommend to family, friends and strangers alike. Thanks again John, top job!

Demaj construction ltd has over 20 years of experience, we work hard to provide a high quality service and keep a good relationship with the clients. Our company is based on providing the highest standard of work to gain full trust and full understanding so we can give the best work to fully satisfy our clients.

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Reviewed by jessica on 11/9/2021

Edmond and his team were fantastic, work very quickly and efficiently. Extremely tidy, and honest. Very good pricing and goes above and beyond. Our job was a large extension, not for the faint hearted but we are really please with the result. Very sad to see him leave, I will have you back when the garden needs sorting Edmond haha!

Banks Roofing Solutions specialises in new natural slate and tiled roofs; new rubber, fibreglass and felt roofs; Velux windows; new facia, soffits and gutters; repairs; inspections and reports, and assessments and consultation after house survey reports. Covering the London area, Banks has been in the building trade for over 20 years, specialising in roofing over 12 years ago. Quality and efficiency are what Banks and his team pride themselves on, ensuring every customer has an excellent experience - whatever the issue that needs addressing. Upselling services you do not need is not our way, we will always provide an honest assessment of the situation and put your needs (and the needs of your building) first. That’s why we’re rated 5-stars on ratedpeople.com. Commissioning any kind of work on your home can be daunting and it’s not always easy to know exactly what you need. Banks Roofing Solutions work with you to carry out an initial assessment to understand the exact nature of what’s needed and then discuss the options with you to find the best solution. All work is completed to timescales that fit around you and we always leave the site tidy so you don’t have to worry about disposing of building materials. We cover: * New natural slate and tiled roofs * New Rubberbond fleece back EPDM roofing systems * Fibreglass roofs * 3 Layer built up torch on felt roofs * Chimney restorations * Lead work * Velux windows * Bespoke flat rooflights * New facia, soffits and gutters * Roof repairs * Roof inspections and reports *Roof assessments and consultation after house survey reports Banks Roofing Solutions always carry out high quality, efficient work on your roofs. Take a look at our services or get in touch for more information.

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Reviewed by Simon on 20/10/2021

Banks is very professional, knowledgeable, has strong communications and does what he says he will do. Sadly the scaffolder he used on our job wasn't as careful, that being sad Banks put right the wrongs at his own cost and for that I was both impressed and grateful

I am a small company specialising in roofing problems, new re roofs , refurbishment of older roofs and general maintenance, no job is to small. I am a relatively new company on this site , and my work is above standard, I would also add that liaising With new customers is vital and throughout the work schedule, regards to all james, Jamesfredrickroofing

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Reviewed by John on 29/7/2021

Very professional plus quick to respond.

Specialist Roofing are a full service, maintenance and restoration company with remarkable customer satisfaction and high client retention rate. Specialist Roofing has had a track record of providing reliable and superior roofing services to both residential and commercial properties. Our company has done roofing for local authorities, letting agents and major building contractors in Edinburgh, West Lothian and throughout Scotland, we have expertise in Slating, Tiling, Leadwork, Built up Felt roofing and Single Ply membrane.  At the core of Specialist Roofing is client satisfaction and flexibility, we work with the highest possible ethical and professional standards.

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Reviewed by Martin on 25/9/2020

Graham was great, got a good quote and explained everything well. Scaffold was up quickly, unfortunately weather was not permitting so job took longer than expected, but can't be helped. Roof looks great, happy with the work.

We are a long established company and pride ourselves on job satisfaction, we can also provide references from previous customers and also photographs of previous work all are work is fully guaranteed

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Reviewed by Helen on 22/3/2018

James did a fantastic job. He refitted an existing bathroom and created two new ensuites, and also built wardrobes and panelling in our hallway. He is reliable, trustworthy, friendly and his work is of great quality. I fully endorse and recommend him- he turns up as expected every day, communicates well and delivers brilliantly. We are quite happy for anyone to come and see his work .

We are a family run business we have been trading for over 30 years we are honest reliable and able to work to guarantee your satisfaction and do your work for your deadline ???

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Reviewed by Alan on 14/5/2021

Although he lost his temper he did apologise later

If you have any inquiries please feel free to contact me. I do plumbing, electrical, Carpentry, laminated flooring, decking, painting & decorating, driveways.

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Reviewed by Stacy on 2/8/2021

Great job

RJG Carpentry offers a professional , friendly, reliable service at very competitive prices all in one package to improve your home or business, WHY MOVE? JUST IMPROVE! All aspects of carpentry and building works undertaken

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Reviewed by Amber on 26/7/2017

Rob and his team were fantastic. Rob's pricing and quote was completely transparent and fair. Whenever he came up against unexpected issues, he was quick to problem solve and we really valued his guidance. We are delighted with our new playroom, utility room and shower room.

if you are looking for a new or one roof tile replacing then you have certainly come to the right place we seek to deliver excellence Time After Time and with the experience we have from working in a competitive industry, you can be sure that the finished article will be one to admire whether you need a complete new roof or your leaking guttering repaired, , don't hesitate to get in contact with BPM,Bill's property maintenance for a free quotation

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Reviewed by Adrian on 14/9/2021

very efficient

We are a groundwork’s and building company with 20 years experience

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Reviewed by Audrey on 8/12/2020

Jay and his team connected our garden house to the water supply and sewer network. They worked fast and did a very good job. Our terrace looks better now than before! The quote was honest for the amount of work. I really recommend them.

I’ve been working in the roofing industry for 18 years now doing domestic and site work . The work includes all aspects of roofing from tiling and slating to lead work and flat roofing .

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Reviewed by Lynne on 14/10/2021

Would recommend Simon, very knowledgeable and helpful. Reasonable rates too. We would definitely use him again.

About L AND SONS UPVC FASCIAS : SOFFITS : GUTTERING . WE ARE A RELIABLE HONEST AND HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM OF ROOFERS AND HOME RENOVATION SPECIALIST we pride ourselves on an efficient and friendly service. We strive to achieve 100% customer satisfaction on every job and maintaining a high standard of professionalism, giving you complete peace of mind at all times. Taking care of your guttering can save you time and money in the long run by helping to prevent staining and damage to the exterior of your building and structural damage caused by damp. Based in Orpington, L and Sons UPVC is a trusted and reliable fascias, soffits and guttering specialist. We offer excellent value for money on every job that we complete and won't be beaten on any quote. Our skilled traders have over 10 years' experience in the repair, maintenance and installation of fascias, soffits and guttering. We guarantee a friendly, clean and tidy service and pride ourselves on our reputation for being prompt, punctual and professional. We are still working during lockdown and strictly following government guidelines regarding sanitizing, safe working distances and PPE We also are currently offering 20% discount to all NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Valid NHS ID Required). Fascias, soffits and guttering are frequently overlooked. However, their purpose is much more than cosmetic. Guttering is vital to redirect run-off from your roof which is an average of 500 gallons per inch of rainfall! Without effective guttering this water can run down the exterior of your property damaging the walls, windows and doors and causing staining. If water isn’t properly drained away it can sit at the base of your property, seeping into the foundations and causing damp. L and Sons UPVC is on hand to clean, repair and install new guttering to make sure your property looks good and is protected from rain. All new installations of fascia's, soffits & guttering come with a 2 year guarantee and a cooling off period of 7 days from completion of the job. Services we provide: • New UPVC Fascia, Soffit's & Guttering. • Existing Repairs to Fascia, Soffit's & Guttering • Gutter Cleaning & Repairs • New & Existing Flat Roofs & Repairs • All Tiling and Slate Work Undertaken • All Pointing Work Such as Chimney Stacks • New Ridges & Gable End Repairs L and sons UPVC aim to make any job big or small, as easy as possible for you, with as little disruption to your life.

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Reviewed by Mike on 18/5/2021

Lee and his men were fantastic. Turned up on time and were very hard working, clean, polite and professional. Excellent job and value for money. Would highly recommend. Will definitely use again.

CM MORAY ROOFING SERVICE IS A FAMILY BUSINESS OF BROTHERS ROOFING SERVICE GENERAL ROOFING CHACKS-VITAL BEFORE WINTER SET IN. ROOF SURVEYS EMERGENCY CALL OUTS AVAILABLE SLATING - TRADITIONAL SLATING A SPECIALITY TILING-REPAIRS AND ROOF REPLACEMENT GUTTERING REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENT-CAST AND PVCU FLAT ROOFING REPLACEMENT-VERSA SINGLE PLY FLEECED BACK 6 YEAR PRODUCT AND WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEE FIRESTONE RUBBER COVER EPDN,GRP SYSTEMS RIDGE AND VERGE END- REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PVCU FASCIAS AND SOFFITS- REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT ROOF AND GUTTERING CLEANING- ANNUAL GUTTER CLEANING SERVICE AVAILABLE LEAD WORK - REPAIR AND NEW ROOFS EXTENSIONS AND GARGE ROOF REPLACEMENT BOX PROFILE METAL SHEETING SUPPLIED AND FITTED VELUX WINDOW INSTALLATION ROUGH CASTING

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Reviewed by Christine on 14/9/2021

Connor is quick and pleasant. Nothing is to much bother for him. Thank you Connor

DK HOME is a professional building company with over 25 years experience. We offer full home refurbishment, help design your dream place and finish the project to the highest standards. We cover North West and Central London areas Builder handyman. Loft conversion, House extensions and full Refurbishment . Full package including an architect, council application, structural engineering and Building control.

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Reviewed by Kate on 22/7/2020

Daniel turned up on time on the day agreed without fuss and got through a list of electrical, decorating and repairs jobs at speed and with great competence. The coving he put up is immaculate and the electrics are tidy and he clearly knows his stuff. Would ask him to work again.

We are a family run Business for 20 years we specialise in making good jobs for our customers all work is fully guaranteed all work is put in writing with a full written receipt and contract and don’t pay a penny till customers hundred percent happy with the work undertaken

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Reviewed by Peter on 20/9/2020

John and his colleague called within two hours of being contacted. They assessed the job, estimated the cost of repair and carried out the work within the next hour and a half. I have been unable to inspect the work due to its location, but it has certainly cured the problem, and I have been given a ten year guarantee that any further leak's will be repaired free of charge. Cost of the repair was rather high, but due to the speed and convenience with which it was carried out, I accepted it.

Skilled in painting, decorating, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tiling, fitted kitchens, wood & laminate flooring and any other jobs around the house.

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Reviewed by Ioannis on 6/10/2021

Great job well finished and quick. Would recommend.

East Anglian Services Ltd have been trading in the building industry since 1990 and has been the family trade for over 30 years, we are a family run company that combines both new and old techniques to form a superior level of bespoke construction skills. Throughout the years we have undertaken every aspect of construction across Norfolk. Our unique skills and elite project management services provide customers with a complete package, we provide fully detailed quotations listing every detail of the work to be undertaken, we also work consistently to one project at a time assuring our dedication to each customer. We guarantee all our work to the highest standard and work with a reputable group of trusted tradesmen to achieve our known expert status, we possess a generous list of former customers that would be more than happy to provide detailed references for potential customers within the future. We offer a free consultation and estimating service. So if you’re looking for an established, local and reliable Building Contractor to take on your dream project or just need a small job completed get in touch. From new builds and extensions to garage or loft conversions, including kitchens, bathrooms and much more.

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Reviewed by Ernie on 17/9/2020

Superb workmanship , cleanliness and value . Came in on budget and timescale and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. A big thank you to Andrew and his team !

For over 15 years we have developed an excellent reputation as building contractors all across the country. We are known for our friendly customer service, positive attitude, reliability and high standards of workmanship. We are trusted by individuals and our host of professional bodies to manage a wide range of property development projects, whatever the size complexity or budget.

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Reviewed by Eve on 4/9/2021

The guys were friendly, professional and turned up when they said they would. They built the shed quickly and efficiently and tidied up after themselves. Will definitely be using their services again.

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Reviewed by Cheng on 28/6/2018

Kestutis is very professional and friendly. He refurbished my flat throughout including plumbing, plastering, painting, flooring, heating, built-in wardrobes, tiling, etc. The finish of work is perfect. We highly recommend him to all of you.

Over 30 years roofing and property maintenance experience. No job too big or too small. A good standard of workmanship and will guarantee all our work. Reliability is key. we have expanded the area's we will work to Monmouth and Herefordshire, has we want to give customers peace of mind when looking for a reliable roofer with a wealth of knowledge, experience and satisfaction knowing that a professional job is carried out . cpm roofing is the first name you should be looking for when choosing a reputable roofer.

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Reviewed by Carly on 21/10/2021

Needed chimney stack repaired ASAP phoned cpm roofing came out gave a quote, scaffolding was up and job completed in a week, all work was carried out too a high standard, employees were polite, friendly and helpful would highly recommend ??

Started over a decade ago with the princes trust T&a home improvements is a family run business offering a wide range of roofing and repairs and much more offering free quotes and advice please call Adam to discuss exactly what you need

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Reviewed by Peter on 21/10/2021

We found T&A Home Improvements arrived prompt on time, efficient , polite and friendly to deal with and highly recommend them.

Jmh Property maintenance is a family run buisness, with 30years experience , we specialise in a complete range of property repairs and improvements, from minor repairs to new roofs, all types of domestic and commercial clients, 1st class services,insured.

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Reviewed by alan on 4/9/2021

Excellent work by John and Andy. Thank you both. Alan

Hi my name is Lee i have been a joiner for over 20 years. I have a multitude of experience within the building sector, from shopfitting, flooring, joinery work, bathrooms, kitchens, I also build bespoke pieces. Based in Prestatyn.

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Reviewed by Peter on 17/3/2021

Highly recommended infact I've Lee to do more work in the house.

we are a family run company and have been trading for 22 years with in the building industry we cover anything from small jobs to full build extensions chas certified

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Reviewed by Matthew on 14/11/2020

Rex Construction offered and delivered a professional approach to all elements of the works. Rob was extremely approachable and knowledgeable. The lads on site where always on time, attentive and provided a high quality of workmanship, with Steve in particular setting and delivering high standards. I would have no hesitation in using Rex Construction on any future projects.

Just one call, we do it all

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Reviewed by Dennis on 10/1/2021

Least said soonest mended

A family run buisness with 10 year workmanship, helping others

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Reviewed by mark on 21/10/2021

Good communication throughout. Arranged a time and was there when they said they would be. Made a swift and effective repair. Happily recommend to anyone and will be my first choice if I’m in need of roofing repairs again.

Dcr Roofing specialises in all aspects of roofing. From slate roofs to tiles / flat roofing / GRP liquids / Lead work / Fascias / Soffits / Guttering and all repair work. With over 15 years experience, no job is too big or too small.

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Reviewed by Steven on 6/10/2021

Reasonable quote. Work completed promptly and good communication throughout.

Blueprint Conversions LTD is a loft conversion specialist covering the south east. We are a TrustMark registered business, a proud member of the Federation of Master Builders and are a partner of the LABC (local authority building control). This ensure's every conversion we undertake is built to the highest of standards. From concept to completion, we're with you every step of the way. We have built up a long list of happy clients over the years and would love you to be next!

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Reviewed by Cheryl on 21/1/2021

Highly recommend!! Tom and his team ( Jim in particular) at Blueprint Conversions were fantastic! They completed a beautiful loft conversion for us, on time and on budget, with impeccable customer service throughout! Without doubt some of the nicest tradesman we have worked with. Thanks so much for everything!

with 25 years of experience, we pride ourselves on producing quality work for a reasonable price. so for all your home maintenance requirements give roofing & building a call

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Reviewed by Brian on 4/10/2021

Work still not been done

We are a trust worthy roofing and home maintenance company specialising in the south London and Surrey areas with 15 yrs of experience in the roofing and building trades and I always do my up most best to achieve customer satisfaction with good work at competitive affordable prices

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Reviewed by James on 9/9/2021

Worked quickly and efficiently and were clear about the extra work requirements as they went along the job.

We do professional services and guarantees for our customers and seriousity on All the jobs we do.

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Reviewed by Luis on 19/10/2021

Such a great job, he was very informative and great work ethic! Definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed by Steve on 27/1/2021

Happy with the service received, Pete turned up on a Sunday to repair a leak to my roof

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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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