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We are a friendly ,reliable company with 17 years experience with the added bonus of being accredited by the construction award alliance and also city and guilds , so you can rest a sure that all work will be carried out to a high standard.

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

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Reviewed by Mike on 25/9/2017

Very helpful, listened to what we needed and advised us well. Did the work quickly but well, and at an excellent price - recommended.

Honest realiable Time served joiner with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the building trade

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

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Reviewed by Mark on 25/9/2017

Excellent turned up no fuss at all got the job done. Good craftsmanship would recommend.

Sweet Plastering & Carpentry is a small local business who pride themselves on carrying out a high standard of workmanship with a reputation of great customer service. We carry out all aspects of building work internal and external by qualified tradesman.

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

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Reviewed by David on 25/9/2017

No complaints did what was required and a bit more Would use again

Elite Gutters have been well established for the past 8 yrs. We strive to improve and maintain homes in our local areas.We enjoy problem solving from leaking Gutters to leaking Roofs.We aim to be the best at the work we do ....

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Wooden Decking, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences

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Reviewed by Adam on 25/9/2017

Came to give a price as agreed and did the work and completed same day very quick response and was very happy with the job done would use again

I am the sole proprietor of J C Carpentry. I have been working as a carpenter for 30 years. I am City & Guilds qualified. I undertake all aspects of carpentry and property maintenance. I am fully insured and willing to provide free estimates.

Trades serviced: Home improvements, Wooden staircases, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, General Fitted Furniture

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Reviewed by Terry on 25/9/2017

Good reliable friendly tradesperson would not hesitate to use again

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Conservatory, House extension, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Catalin Adrian on 25/9/2017

Good job, done quickly and efficiently!

Plp house maintenance Ltd is general building company specializing in interior and exterior refurbishments, renovations, bathroom and kitchen fitting, all aspects of carpentry, decorating, repairs, leak fixing, flooring, windows, doors and etc

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements, Loft Conversion, Wooden Doors - Internal

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Reviewed by Marvin on 25/9/2017

Excellent all round. Friendly, reliable, trustworthy and flexible. I keep asking him to do more and more things! His work is very good and competitively priced. Good skills and attention to detail. I will be asking him to do lots more work on my properties in the future. Highly recommended. Thank you.

We transform damaged and ordinary walls,ceilings and floors.We undertake all other plastering,decorating work to an exceptional level of quality and guarantee all coatings finishes.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Internal Painting & Decorating, External wall painting, Door / Window painting, Screeding

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Reviewed by bethany on 25/9/2017

Job: rePainting walls in rented flat. Calin stuck to his quote which was inclusive of materials, he was careful while working and considerate of my tenants belongings and cleaned up once he had finished. He finished the job ahead of schedule and had time to do additional painting work in other rooms which was brilliant! Would recommend Calin, he's fast, efficient and knowledgable.

Hi my name is Michael my company is 5 star driveways and property maintainace we are a family run business with over 30 years experience between us we undertake all types of building work eg. Driveways,roofing,turfing and garden landscaping, Windows&doors

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

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Reviewed by Jennifer on 25/9/2017

A very prompt, friendly and efficient service. I would definitely recommend them.

Mills electricial services is an electrical contractors who are 17 th edition approved electricians, fully licenced and insured. We can take care of all your electrical needs No job to big or too small. Full Select members

Trades serviced: Garage Conversion, Home improvements, Loft Conversion, Whole Internal Refurbishment, Internal lighting, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Vivien on 25/9/2017

Turned up in time for a short notice job. Would recommend

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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