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We have successfully completed projects on a range of residential buildings, including Listed buildings, Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian properties as well as modern builds. Our reliability, professionalism and expertise are second-to-none.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Talha on 20/2/2018

Andrew was polite, clean, quick and efficient. I would highly recommend him!

Hi,my name is yasir and We are based in east London but cover the whole London,We offer a survey,supply,fitting and finishing service.I do High quality upvc and aluminium, doors composite, doors,patio doors, by folding doors, porches, conservatory,fascia,guttering,cladding and many more... all product and work guaranteed for 10 year.

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

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Reviewed by Steven on 19/2/2018

We were very pleased with the standard of work carried out and the constant help provided from yasir. We had new back door fitted which looks really nice.

Whether you need a small job done or would like to add an extension to your home, we do it all big or small. We Have over 11 years on the market and hundreds of happy customers. We are committed to customer satisfaction and delivering a superior quality of work each and every time.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by David on 19/2/2018

Everything was flawless. Teresa is extremely organised and efficient. She will help you every step of the way and will be in constant contact if you have any questions. The work done was better than anything I expected. Valdi is a star and a person who will even 'paint under the drawer' meaning he takes such an incredible amount of pride in his work. We just cannot believe how his work transformed the areas we had done. He is also an all around nice person. Trusthworthy, efficient and perfection.

We are a local company with over 20 years experience in the construction industry . Honesty and reliability are a big part of our make up along side quality workmanship and products we know we have everything you need to get the job done right & on budget

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by Karen on 19/2/2018

Pleasant and got on with the work. I would use him again for future jobs

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Patricia on 19/2/2018

Martin came out and quoted a good price very quickly for a plastering job we had. He did a excellent job, was on time, cleaned up, very professional. No problems would recommend Martin.

We are family business doing roofing and building work for over 40years we always on time and look leave our customers happy for repeat business we have long list happy customers and always looking for more

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Billy on 19/2/2018

John and his colleague carried out work promptly,without any fuss and to a very high standard,he was also willing to work around my time schedule which i greatly appreciated I would therefore have no hesitation recommending John or indeed securing his expertise in the future.

Home and garden work Handyman work No job to small or to big family run Free quote and friendly advise give

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Reza on 19/2/2018

arranged quickly and easily. tuned up on time. job done within half hour. thanks

All roofing work undertaken to high degree of quality. With a friendly customer service. Over 20 years of experience in the trade. This includes all PVC fascia, soffits and guttering as well. Small jobs undertaken and special care for OAP's. See ratings!

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Home maintenance /Repair, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by Martin on 19/2/2018

Very good worker knows his stuff I will use him again

We have been in business for 30 years.We are Specialists in all aspects of roofing UPVC fascia,soffits,guttering,down pipes,dry verge, if it’s just a gutter leaking,a lose tile or a full reroof no job is beneath us, we’re here for you and want to build a ongoing and life long relationship with all our customers.10 year guarantee and price beating promise that we will beat any like for like written quote.We strive to improve our services so feed back from our customers is well appreciated.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by Amy on 19/2/2018

Shaun and his son are a family business, reliable, informative and very helpful!! I would definitely recommend them!! Thankyou for your help Shaun!!

Belgravia Building Solutions offer 30 years of experience and are specialists in new builds, extensions, garage and loft conversions as well as internal alterations. We also offer landscaping and fencing services. We pride ourselves on customer service.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Garage Conversion, Garden office / Studio construction, Home improvements, House extension

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Reviewed by Jon on 19/2/2018

Jeff and Ian turned up on time and completed the job within timescale they said - all in all a good job. Would recommend.

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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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