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To all prospective clients. Your local landscaping and tree care offer a competitive service and strive to achieve a high standard of work, no matter how big or small.I believe in keeping my clients involved in all aspects of the work being carried out.

Trades serviced: Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by Diane on 18/3/2018

Good clean job. All rubbish was cleared away & garden left tidy. Thank you.

We are a small firm, we have been doing roofing work for 30 years plus we have worked for big company's lacy roofing all around north west. Taking roof's off putting new roof's back on. Renew lead work, soffit's, facia, gutters, skylights. We also do all the dry hip ridge valley systems on old roof's and new, We do rubber firestone flat roof's, brilliant system 50 year guarantee. Check our web profile out and our ratings of customers.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, External Rendering, Flat roof- installation / repair, Garden Wall, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Richard on 18/3/2018

Mark and his team were incredibly professional and gave plenty of information needed on the job at hand! With both pictures of before and after and a thorough breakdown of work that's needed to be done. Mark was really polite and informative! Also a brave man climbing ladders in the high winds, cold and snow of the up north. Would highly recommend his services. M&S Construction 1 leaking roof 0.

We create everything from fitted furniture to sets for TV and commercials, all carpentry and decorating work is carried out to the highest standards, portfolio can be viewed at our website by searching for 'No Such Thing Studios' on your search engine.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by Mark on 18/3/2018

Fantastic Job !! Job completed before the deadline to a very high standard !! Will use again !!

We Do all trades From your Roof to your Drains . Have Built 7 Houses. But Will do all Small Jobs As well as the Larger Ones .

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by jean on 18/3/2018

Think because there was no man living here he charged excess. Just glad to get job done it was a loose waste pipe and he was here. No longer than 10 minutes

Inex designs was established in 1990 we have over 35 years experience in the building industry. We specialise in bespoke designs and idea's of the most current futuristic and modern technologies around the world to date. We guarantee all customers the most professional standards of work. our friendly close knit multi skilled group of individuals, that are dedicated to the job within our team at Inex. we have a unique catalogue of exclusive and interesting new ideas in furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, floor designs, exterior landscaping, gardening and many more. we really enjoy helping our clients create there perfect home design and features.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Noha on 18/3/2018

I liked that Alistair understood what I exactly wanted and helped me get the job done in good time. He used his experience and did things in a professional way. Very neat and handy. Strongly recommend him. He knoes what he is doing

My name is lee and i am a time served joiner with advance craft papers aswell. I love to fulfill the customers imagination and deliver a high class finish. I also have a small workshop at home can make furniture,beds,etc.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Alice on 18/3/2018

What a brilliant joiner! He basically turned a plain hole in a wall back into a Glasgow period feature. Picture railing was put up perfectly and even the gaps in the wooden floor were repaired. An excellent all round joiner who turned his hands as well to large projects as he did to small fixes. Our home looks 100% better for his visits!

Here at JM locksmith and glazing we offer a great value for money on all your locksmith and glazing needs, whether it be from shopfront maintenance, new glass cut to size, mirror installations, splashbacks, window filming, installation of upvc/ composite/ crittle or wooden windows and doors to lockouts (gain access) , fitting new locks / handles, closers, burglar repairs and much much more. We provide a 24/7 service 365 days of the year for all your emergency requirements reacting promptly to get your job done to an exceptional standard, fitted to the rules and regulations of british standerd. For more information about what services we provide please do not hesitate to ask our friendly service we are more than happy to help.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs

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Reviewed by Helen on 18/3/2018

Great job and nice person - no complaints at all! I'd recommend to anyone.

Im responsible,dynamic,and committed to performing my duties. Painting,decorating,plumbing,small works(replace sinks,toilets,taps,assembling furniture),electric,i do also carpet and Windows cleaning,all the Cambridgeshire area.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by Waveney on 18/3/2018

Ciprian was flexible around us when arranging to start the job; he came on a Sunday morning, on time. He laid down dust sheets to protect our floor and cleaned up after himself, offering to take the rubbish with him. He did a great job with our sink and tap, and he was happy to put up our venetian blinds as an additional job, while he was here. Ciprian was very polite and hard working and we feel he priced the job reasonably. We'll definitely use him again and highly recommend him. Thanks Ciprian!

pro contractors we are a small team of two we specialise in trees and land scaping and my team partner is specialising in roofing both with 25+ years of experience in careers

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Paul on 18/3/2018

They did a great job, can't rate highly enough.

Hi.I'm a time served joiner in my early 60yrs. I've covered all types of joinery work in my time.experience matters so for a good job and competitive rates in won't let you down.

Trades serviced: Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Garden Shed / Playhouse, General Fitted Furniture

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Reviewed by Michael on 18/3/2018

Really good guy, work complete quickly and tidy finish. Happy to use him again for future work

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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.


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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