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Hello I'm David from Betterfinish and here to help you with your home! Betterfinish do a good job and are very reliable all work is carried out to the best of standards and u do not pay until u are satisfied with the work !We cover all work on property

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

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Reviewed by Diane on 23/8/2017

It seems like this was just missed communication thanks for your reply

Family run & fully insured business with over 15 years experience in Plumbing Drainage & General Maintenance From burst pipe's or block drains !WERE IDEAL FOR YOU! with no callout charge and free quotation for all works undertaken find us on Facebook.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Home improvements, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Ryan on 23/8/2017

Absolutely fantastic job Friendly, thorough and did a really REALLY Great job. Definitely use him again.

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 Kuanza on 23/8/2017

Did a great job, was fast and friendly and cleaned up after himself with affordable price, would highly recommend.

Maintech Property Services are Commercial and Domestic Maintenance Specialists. Our team of highly qualified and experienced engineers provide Rapid Response, 24/7 for urgent situations. As well as offering a start-to-finish service for larger projects.

Trades serviced: Home improvements, Loft Conversion, Porch / Canopy, Laminate Flooring, Wooden Decking, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits

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Reviewed by Sian on 23/8/2017

highly recommend 'Maintech'. they were brilliant. not only did the job get done very well but it also through up a few obstacles which was quickly resolves at no extra cost. recommended to all my friends

Apex roofing has now been a company for over 20+ years who is fully insured and offer guarantee with all our work.

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

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Reviewed by Savage on 23/8/2017

Many thanks

We do property refurbish....with good team...plumber,carpenter,electricity,handyman,gas safe engineer,tiler.....any job is welcome.......TRUST PLUMBING24

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden office / Studio construction, Wooden Doors - Internal

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Reviewed by jane on 23/8/2017

Ion was easy to work with - came when he said he would and was very helpful. He charged a fair price and delivered an excellent standard of work.

I have been trading over 20 years and cover all of Essex Pride my self on value for money and carry out my work to a very high standard

Trades serviced: Laminate Flooring, Solid wood flooring, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Gerry on 23/8/2017

All fine - work carried out as explaned and would definitely use again.

RGM Roofing is a family run roofing service providing our customers with protection from the elements. For the last 25 years we have dealt with hundreds of satisfied customers with great ratings from them all .

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

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Reviewed by Gillian on 23/8/2017

Very straightforward to deal with. Work done promptly at a good price. Will certainly contact again. Many thanks.

At Lichfield Property Repairs we ensure a job is well done at a fair price. I have a vast knowledge of Roofing, 6035 in plumbing and due to over 10 years experience in property maintenance and renovation i am multi skilled, Fully registered and insured.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Ruth on 23/8/2017

Replied immediately and was reliable and pleasant. Work complted efficiently.

D&L Roofing roofing services are a friendly, family run buisness, aiming to provide 100% customer satisfaction. With years of experience, we carry out ever job safely and without any fuss. We always leave the sites clean and tidy.

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

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Reviewed by Eric on 23/8/2017

No complaints really, they turned up on time and completed the job in one day with a thorough clean up before they went. I would not hesitate to use D&L Roofing again.

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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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