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Established in 2016 as a new venture to provide a new customer friendly carpentry and joinery experience. We set out our business aims with one thing in mind (COMPLETE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION). We strive to meet all of our customers demands

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Rhiannon on 16/2/2018

Fantastic job fitting our new doors , Will defiantly be using this company again to do more carpentry work around the house.

Handyman, building, landscaping, painting. Public liability insurance. All major debit and credit cards payments accepted for payment convenience.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Burglar Repairs, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Steve on 16/2/2018

Dan proved to be a very reliable and friendly tradesman who quoted less than I expected. He consulted me at every step where additional work might be needed and was very flexible. More than pleased with end result - already hired him for another job

jfk home improvements we are a company business that has been around since 1988 in the warrington area we do upvc and roofing any more questions we will be happy to help contact joe

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by Lynne on 16/2/2018

Quick friendly service at a great price. Would recommend Joe and his team Will definitely use again Thanks Joe

recently returned to north east ,after working many years in london working on prestigous contracts ,hard working non smoker and very reliable . .over 30 years experience in building industry including fencing patios plastering ect

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Stuart on 16/2/2018

Micheal the painter is a very nice lad he has painted a few rooms in my House and I’m very ecstatic with his work and would recommend this lad to anyone. Cheers and thank you very much

With more than 10 years experience in many countries like Italy , Spain ,France ,Greece we want to promote our company in England now and provide the best services to a high standard for all our costumers . We always try our best to see our costumers happy to convert their home into a small corner of heaven. Always looking to offer good quality of work and quality materials, always showing up on time and never leave the job before is finished no matter how many issues we discover. Do not hesitate to contact us, working with Samycos is your best choice !

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Dilip on 16/2/2018

Nicky and co. did an excellent job of replacing bath panel, fixing leaking toilet and sink. All work done to high standard and they cleaned up afterwards in professional manner. Would highly recommend.

BW Roofing and Building Specialist Specialising in all types of flat and tiled roof replaced or repaired / All types of bricks walls, paths and patios

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by John on 16/2/2018

A bit more expensive than the budget I had posted but the job was done quickly and courteously. My wife cleaned up the resultant mess (moss) while the man was working above - I would not recommend this, though.

Providing hard and soft landscaping/ground working services for over 20 years. Specialising in garden design, mono blocking, driveways, patios, foundation work, drainage, decking, fencing, turfing, artificial grass and garden maintenance. Fully insured.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by JP on 16/2/2018

Never shows up, 2 day job took 3 weeks! Wouldn’t recommend

We are a family run roofing company based in Middleton, Manchester undertaking all types of roofing work. Whether it's one slate or a full re roof we are happy to undertake your job as we consider no job too small.

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

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Reviewed by Brenda on 16/2/2018

Vic phoned within a few hours of posting and arranged to visit the following morning. Very prompt service, identified the problem quickly and talked through the options explaining which course of action was best (not the most expensive option). Completed job the same day. Very neat and tidy work. Would definitely use again and recommend to others. Hopefully the leaking issue is now solved. Only time (and rainy weather) will tell.

Welcome to ROOF CARE proud to be rated people's most rated roofing services for South wales, we gained this by the way we take pride In our work and professionalism through out our team, with over 20 years experience in the industry, we are a pround member of the confederation of roofing contractors where our work is covered by a insurance backed warranty plus our guarantee, We take care of every thing from start to finish such as scaffolding,skips,materials etc, ALL you got to do is sit back and admirer the high standard of work we will carry out for you, on completion of works you be issued with all your warrantys and invoice Fully insured Fully health and safety trained (ALL STAFF ARE EMPLOYED NO SUB CONTRACTORS) I over see all jobs my self this helps me keep my ratings high We specialise in: Slating and welsh slating Tiling Dormer tiling Firestone flat roofs (approved) Grp flat roofs (approved) Flat roof balcony Roof lanterns Conservatories roof replacements Corrugated sheeting Chimney removals, repairs & rebuilds Roof Windows fitted Lead work Pvc fascias gutters etc Roof cleaning Gutter cleaning Roof repairs Roof ventilation (ALL OUR WORK IS FULLY GUARANTEED)

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, End of tenancy cleaning, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Lindon on 16/2/2018

At first everything appeared fine, other than It took several calls to get them to remove all the rubbish. I have never received the written fifteen year roof guarantee I was promised. There is a damaged tile on the roof. I have contacted Craig several times, and he has promised to visit to fix. He has failed to do so. I am taking advise from the Trading Standards Office, and will have to contact another roofer to fix my roof. I would recommend staying well away from this company.

The people who take pride in our work!!

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

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Reviewed by Dan on 16/2/2018

AVOID THIS COMPANY. Frank Sykes is not to be trusted.I had the misfortune of getting this guy to repair a leak in my roof is quote seemed high £500 but it was urgent and he was willing to fix it immediately. He took about an hour to do it. When it started leaking again i got back in touch but no response. I then got a proper contractor round who said what Frank had done (basically clean the flashing and paint a sealant over it) was worth about £50. We were conned.

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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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