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RESOLVE PROPERTY SOLUTIONS is your one stop shop for property refurbishment and repairs. We also offer a full management service for rental/lock up and leave properties. We aim to please and provide a reliable and trustworthy service, going the extra mile

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Carpet Cleaning, Commercial pest control, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Rory on 21/2/2018

Raj was great, very knowledgeable about lots of different aspects of building and happy to get on with all sorts of tasks. Will definitely call him whenever we need to.

Jc landscaping is a family run buisness with 100s of happy Customers no job to big or to small all aspects of landscaping & roofing

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Colin on 21/2/2018

Joe and his team were able to start at relatively short notice and flexible in booking the job in to suit the weather. They got the job done incredibly quickly and with minimal mess. They also checked I was happy with the job before tidying up afterwards. Great job done, many thanks.

Hi my name is Sean Keegan I am a fully qualified plumber and heating engineer. I have a previous work background in roofing/building that I was doing for a number of years before retraining as a plumber and I have been plumbing now for 4 years

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Julie on 21/2/2018

Sean came in took radiator off the wall and made sure water supply did not come through the pipes. Done professionally. Would recommend and use again.

Over 30 years experience in glazing and can supply and install any windows, doors and conservatories. FENSA registered and fully guaranteed. Free no obligation quote.

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by Nicki or Peter on 21/2/2018

Mr Doherty carried out a roof repair / replacement at the end of October 2016. Unfortunately the work carried out was not satisfactory and although he came back to try to rectify the work his time keeping and reliability was poor. Water is not running into the gutter and we still have a leak. We have given him lots of chances to sort out the problem but he is now refusing to respond, this includes a letter of intention to sue! His accreditation to Fensa is limited. Do not pay him until you are satisfied!

DD Carpentry & Joinery is a small experienced company which puts its customers values first , with a pride in our quality of finish. We offer a wide range of services from all your traditional & modern aspects of carpentry works. Please give us a try.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Fitted kitchens

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Reviewed by Matthew on 21/2/2018

Nice to meet a true craftsman. Probably not the cheapest, but I've used 'cheap' and it isn't worth it. Darren will do you proud

1 Fix :Studwork,door frames, window boards, pipe casings,staircases,joists,flooring and decking.2 Fix :Hanging doors, fixing skirting boards and architraves,stairscase ballistrauding.Refurbishments,Kitchens.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Paul on 21/2/2018

Vad turned up on time at 7.30am as agreed. His workmanship was excellent and he cleaned up thoroughly during and after completion of the job. Very courteous and friendly young man. Would highly recommend him for any carpentry work.

DH&SON Property Maintenance is a family only business, who take pride in each job we do and complete each job to the highest standard possible.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by Geoff on 21/2/2018

They turned up when they said they would (at short notice from me) and did the job perfectly well

Our team uses professional tools for dust free scraping and sanding hardwood flooring, but also for the maintenance, restoration and repair of solid wood and engineered floors. We deliver a high quality finish for your hardwood flooring.

Trades serviced: Floor Sanding & Finishing, Floor Tiling, Laminate Flooring, Period Restoration, Screeding

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Reviewed by damien on 21/2/2018

Excellent job

We are a family owned building and roofing company with over 30 yrs experience from a full extension a new roof or a total house refurbishment.we also specialise in flat roofing of all types GRP (fibreglass) ,Felt & Rubber & liquidAlso we replace & repair slate & tiled roofs lead work ,please give us a call for a free quote survey and advise

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Damp Proofing, Demolition

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Reviewed by Heeran on 21/2/2018

Would easily recommend Jim to anyone!

Qualified/Timeserved joiner & handy person available for any jobs you may have/want doing around your home no job to big or small!

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Melanie on 21/2/2018

Liam came back to me and got the jobs done all within a few days. He’s really pleasant, friendly, chatty and polite. He carried out the work efficiently and cleaned up afterwards. I’m very pleased with the work which was to plane some internal doors which were sticking, following some new carpets being laid. Well done Liam, I would certainly use him 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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