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Having worked for myself for 30 years in most aspects of construction and maintenance my good reputation means everything to me. I pride myself on leaving a satisfied customer who will recommend me to family and friends.

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

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Reviewed by Val on 19/9/2017

Paul arrived at specified time and completed the work to a high standard.

100s or satisfied customers just ask and we'll give you their numbers so you can ask them for yourself. We are a small team of electricians, carpenters and builders with experience ranging all through the domestic and industrial sectors, completing turn-k

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, House extension, Metal staircases

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Reviewed by Oksana on 19/9/2017

Good communication, good job.

With a combined experience of 25 years and all relevant qualifications and accreditations, we at Select feel we are very capable of providing any sort of electrical service you may need; whether it be domestic or commercial, feel free to call us anytime.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Scott on 19/9/2017

Total lifesaver. Select Electric helped me out with my project which was being filmed, and did as great job getting it all working. Nice guys, totally reliable and completely professional.

The best Upvc windows doors and glass units pluss upvc remedial work at the lowest prices around with a professional friendly service

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Lock fitting / Repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Decorative Glazing, Single / Double glazing, uPVC Windows & Door

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Reviewed by Helen on 19/9/2017

Quick to come back with a quote, excellent service and everything completed to an exceptional standard. Discussed various options for the job, enabling us to get exactly what we wanted for the budget we had.

We specialise in decorating and tiling, and work to the highest standards. We recognise that every client is valued no matter if fixing a leaking sink or building a new house.

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Garage Conversion, Home improvements, Loft Conversion, Metal staircases, Wooden staircases

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Reviewed by rubel on 19/9/2017

Done very good job. thanks Ben

Plumbing, Heating and Boiler Specialists / Professional Plastering, Painting and Decorating services serving the northwest

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

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Reviewed by Ben on 19/9/2017

Mick was absolutely fantastic. he did an amazing job at very short notice and was really competitive on price. I cannot recommend him highly enough! thanks

rowan roofing is a family run business for over 40 years we do all roof repairs.exterior painting .upvc cladding.gutter repair or renewed high power washing wall driveways and roofs. we are also full time tradesmen we are public liability insured

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

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Reviewed by Graham on 19/9/2017

Good price good job done would recommend.

We at K3 Property Solutions are a group of Tradesman which cover ALL aspects of property maintenance, from full property refurbishments, right through to a variety of smaller jobs. We pride ourselves on detailed customer service from start to completion.

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

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Reviewed by Helen on 19/9/2017

Andy was very polite, started on time and finished when he said he would! Excellent

We are a small professional family company based in Kingston upon Thames. We have been trading more than 10 years and have a long list of clients who frequently have been returning to us again for assistance on a variety of projects over that period.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Atul on 19/9/2017

Did a fantastic job and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them. We have a few quotes for this work and although Robert was not cheapest. He was very competitive , prompt and followed up there quote with lots of positive testimonials. Robert is a great person, he kept in contact throughout the job and was always available for discussion and sort out any issues. Quality of work and finish is excellent. Robert and Andrew are very hard working person, considerate and took pride in their work.

We are a professional friendly local company, who together have 50 years of experience. The skilled and professional team can provide flat roofs of all types and traditional roofing . We have public liability insurance and provide guarantees.

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

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Reviewed by Simon on 19/9/2017

Really impressed with Andy, Knew what he was going to do before he turned up. Worked out a solution to a problem before I hired him, then explained what he had done. Very efficient and a top notch job. Highly recommend his service.

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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