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I have now been in the construction buissiness for 40 years. We have carried out works for many of the local councils & housing associations. We also provided an excellent service for extensions, loft conversions and bathroom fitting over the years

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

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Reviewed by Stephen on 23/9/2017

Dave's team were friendly, skilled and did exactly what they said they would when they said they would do it. I would recommend them and wouldn't hesitate to call them again.

We pride ourselves in providing a first class service with a professional but friendly manner.We can provide all of your structural, architectural and bespoke steelwork needs.Our excellent reputation and long list of satisfied clients speak volumes.

Trades serviced: Metal staircases, Metal kitchen worktops, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Security Fencing, Security Gates & Bollard, Security Grill

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Reviewed by James on 23/9/2017

Good job!

Sole trader, with 6 years work experience in the UK in : plastering, rendering, plasterboard,tiling and carpentry. I have a positive attitude and a like to bring the job to a high standard, to satisfy the customer and his demands.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Laminate Flooring, Screeding, Solid wood flooring, Internal Rendering

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Reviewed by John on 23/9/2017

A very professional job I will definitely use Arsene next time!

groundworks 10 years exp

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

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Reviewed by Robert on 23/9/2017

Onsite next day and looks great

Most types of work undertaken. Bathrooms kitchens plastering decorating. Local electrics e.g light fittings switches ect. Complete bathroom suites supplied and fitted from £499.00.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Conservatory, Home improvements, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by Tony on 23/9/2017

Henry was always helpful and trustworthy. Has completed some excellent work by redocorating living room hallway and fitted new kitchen to a high standard.also laid new wooden flooring. Nothing was to much trouble I would recommend Henry without hesitation

We Specialise in Plumbing, Bathroom repairs and Installation, Building Maintenance, Conversions.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Internal lighting, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Ben on 23/9/2017

Darren done a really good job turned up on time explained the problem and done the job really quick.

We offer a wide range of services from landscaping,decorating,building works and more please ask what other services we provide

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

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Reviewed by Bikhram on 23/9/2017

came to quote, agreed a deposit for materials and day to start, never came on the day as had a family death and would come the following day. Following day never turned up. Arranged to start in a further 2 days time as he assured me he would be able to start despite the death. 2 days later never turned up again and said he was sorry and would give my deposit back, 3 weeks later no deposit refund and not contacted me again. Thankfully small deposit. Stay away. Unreliable

Tailored quality service for garden and outdoor projects. Structures, Soils & Plants. Over 20 years experience, technically qualified. Design, construction, planting, remedy and upkeep. 'A garden is a place to be, to be with peace and beauty.'

Trades serviced: Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Shutter, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/9/2017

Excellent service. Quick, clean and tidy super job also came in under buget will definitely be using his services again. David and his crew are nice people as well !

"Here at LT Construction we pride ourselves on delivering high quality building projects on time and within budget. Contact us today and see how we can help you to complete your projects as you imagine, regardless of size big or small"

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

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Reviewed by Adam on 23/9/2017

Oliver responded quickly, completed work as expected and left the job with no mess. Will be using again!

At top of the ladder roofing we pride our self's on being on time and doing a cleaner and professional job at competitive rates

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

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Reviewed by Nicola on 23/9/2017

It's been a pleasure doing business with William. He contacted me within a very short time of my job being posted. Came round the next day to see exactly what needed doing. He gave me an extremely reasonable and fair price for the work and arranged to come back within 2 days (on a Saturday) and do the work. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and should I have an issue with my roof again in the future - I know who to contact.

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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