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Over 18 years of roofing and building experience we guarantee 100% customer satisfaction, with fully qualified tradesman looking after your home, Our skills include roof maintanace, repairs, flat roof , full re roofs , joinery, landscaping,dormas, Extention’s all trades covered. All our tradesmen are courteous and polite and pride themselves on your feed back. Feel free to contact any our previous customers or don’t hesitate to contact us for free advice or a quote.Thanks ideal homes team

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Reviewed by douglas on 28/7/2022

1. Brought the wrong tiles, but accepted that. 2. Job completed to a very poor standard. 3. Returned and did some remedial work, cracking one of the tiles in the process. 4. Remediated that, but left with an unsecured hip tile. 5. Despite the intervention of Rated People, refused to fix it, meaning I had to pay someone else to fix it. 6. Guarantee (15 years) is utterly meaningless. Hire at your peril!

Specialist Roofing are a full service, maintenance and restoration company with remarkable customer satisfaction and high client retention rate. Specialist Roofing has had a track record of providing reliable and superior roofing services to both residential and commercial properties. Our company has done roofing for local authorities, letting agents and major building contractors in Edinburgh, West Lothian and throughout Scotland, we have expertise in Slating, Tiling, Leadwork, Built up Felt roofing and Single Ply membrane.  At the core of Specialist Roofing is client satisfaction and flexibility, we work with the highest possible ethical and professional standards.

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Reviewed by Martin on 25/9/2020

Graham was great, got a good quote and explained everything well. Scaffold was up quickly, unfortunately weather was not permitting so job took longer than expected, but can't be helped. Roof looks great, happy with the work.

We are a family owned company, that was established in 2006. We specialise in the fitting of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, Garage conversions, Cladding and so much more.. We have a large portfolio of our work, Our tradesmen are all time-served in the trades and boast the relivent qualifications needed to carry out there tasks. please also feel free to take a look at our Facebook page Marden Carpentry Services for more pictures of the works undertaken.

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Reviewed by Rita on 15/10/2020

James and his guys always started early and would stay till the days job was done. Nothing was too much for James, doing some extra jobs for us when asked. The guys were all very professional and James would always double check that everything was to plan. James is very customer focused and I would definitely recommend his company.

Rds roofing specialist is family run business with 30 years in the industry. We are experts in all aspects of roofing have a look at my profile and reviews 5 star work we are new roof specialist have a look at my profile on my builder I look forward to hearing from you . Thanks Russ

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Reviewed by Steven on 10/8/2022

J R Griffiths roofing we specialise at 're roofing, slate tiles and leadwork. also chimney work undertook. Rubber roof and also grp

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Reviewed by John on 7/8/2022

Reasonably priced, job completed the next day couldn't ask for anything more.

HELLO. MY NAME IS GRIGORE CHIS A MULTI TRADESMAN WITH MAIN TRADE CARPENTRY, JOINERY WHO WORKS IN PARTENERSHIP WITH 4 OTHER PROFESIONALS. WE COVER A LARGE RANGE OF TRADES LIKE CARPENTRY, ELECTRICITY, TILING, PLASTERING, PAINTING, PLUMBING.

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Reviewed by Ian on 24/9/2021

Professional finish and completed quicker than expected. Will use again for sure. Thanks Grig.

We are a trust worthy roofing and home maintenance company specialising in the south London and Surrey areas with 15 yrs of experience in the roofing and building trades and I always do my up most best to achieve customer satisfaction with good work at competitive affordable prices

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Reviewed by John on 19/7/2022

Osborn Builders. local building company where quality and customer satisfaction is our priority. We specialise in extensions Garage conversions and alterations.

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Reviewed by Brenda on 2/4/2022

Did the job more quickly than anyone else which was my priority. Thanks again

Specialists in all aspects of roofing, whether it be a pitched or flat roof we cover it all..... With over 40 years experience between us you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands. Competitive prices and free quotations also.

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Reviewed by Kuljinder on 25/1/2021

The process with Simon was fantastic from the start. His communication is clear and he explains his knowledge in a way that is honest and understandable. The quality of his work is exemplary and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

My Hull Roofer offers a wide range of roofing services and upvc fascias, soffits and gutters! We cover all aspects of roofing: pitched roofing, flat roofing, upvc fascias soffits and gutters, chimney rebuilding and much more! All our work is done safely and correctly with no details spared we have 20 years experience in the trade, the thing that sets My Hull Roofer apart from the other market leading companies in the area is that we our sometimes up to 40% cheaper and the quality of our work Speaks for itself. We are not the biggest company but we’re far from the local 1 man band handyman. all our work is given with a insurance backed guarantee and do not require any payments or deposits until the work you have had done is finished and your completely satisfied.

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Reviewed by marc on 15/8/2022

waste of my time! Rung me up, explained the job, said they would call round - never turned up and 5 days later no quote! Do not understand in this day and age why people do that, waste people time and actually turn work down? Beggers belief!

I am a small company specialising in roofing problems, new re roofs , refurbishment of older roofs and general maintenance, no job is to small. I am a relatively new company on this site , and my work is above standard, I would also add that liaising With new customers is vital and throughout the work schedule, regards to all james, Jamesfredrickroofing

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Reviewed by Michael on 30/4/2022

James and his team were excellent and job completed satisfactory.

My company does all types of roofing work, building work and lead work ,flat roofs ,Firestone rubber,rebuild chimney stacks, tree work, fencing ‘n’ decking also artificial grass (dig outs and fitting) etc. *24-hr CALL OUT*

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Reviewed by robert on 11/8/2022

Would like to rate this company but failed twice to price job

D.McGuigan Roofing contractors are a family run professional roofing company based in Northumberland with years of experience in the trade. All our work is carried out to a high standard and customer satisfaction. Anything from a single cracked tile to a complete new roof we can help. We undertake all aspects of roofing work such as new roofs roof repairs slating tiling pointing flat roofs rubber roofs grp fibre glass dry verge dry ridge facia soffits guttering lead work chimneys moss removal Call Dean for free estimates and friendly advice All work guaranteed

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Reviewed by Bob on 15/11/2021

I received a phone call from Dean within 15mins of posting my job. His son came that afternoon, surveyed the roof and provided me with a quotation. A couple of days later I contacted Dean, accepted the quotation and agreed a date for completing the repairs. 3- roofers arrived on the agreed date and completed the works in a timely manner. Many thanks.

WK CONTRACTORS LTD undertake all aspects of building work from plastering a single ceiling or wall to a full house renovation. We also offer home refurbishment, rendering, new build, renovation and home extension work which can include joinery, plumbing and electrics alongside our high quality plastering and finishing service. 

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Reviewed by Jacquie on 15/8/2022

Cannot praise W&K enough. Turned up on time, extremely tidy, the workmanship is second to none. I am more than pleased with the finished product. We had an en-suite refitted and a complete new bathroom. Would not hesitate to use them again. Highly recommend this company.

We take on all aspects of joinery and also can supply any other trade. We will always make sure a job is complete to a high standard

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Reviewed by Diane on 12/8/2022

Oaklands made a fantastic job of my decking; lifting the old decking and replacing it with composite decking. Their work ethic is exceptional. Everything completed within two days. The finished job is excellent and they cleared everything up which left me nothing to do but enjoy the sunshine. Would definitely recommend them and will use again.

We are a groundwork’s and building company with 20 years experience

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Reviewed by Audrey on 8/12/2020

Jay and his team connected our garden house to the water supply and sewer network. They worked fast and did a very good job. Our terrace looks better now than before! The quote was honest for the amount of work. I really recommend them.

We are a family run business based in wellington Somerset. We offer a great range of roofing services - from small domestic work to larger commercial projects. * DOMESTIC - Whether you need to replace broken tiles for your pitched roof or construct a new slate or tile system for your property. * COMMERCIAL -We can help with any commercial roof work that needs to be undertaken from Box Profile to Asbestos removal * ROOF & CHIMNEY REPAIR - From leaks and weather damage to broken gutters, broken bricks on chimneys we can fix any issue you are dealing with. * LEAD WELDING - Qualified in lead welding so whether you need flashings around a chimney, a large gulley or more complex work we can help. * FLAT ROOFING - Flat roofs are a popular choice for garages and extensions. We can install all types including liquid, GRP and torch-on felt. * FASCIA, GUTTERING & CLADDING - We can supply and install fascia, guttering and cladding. * ROOF & CHIMNEY REPAIR - From leaks and weather damage, broken gutters, broken bricks on chimneys we can fix any issue you are dealing with. * VELUX WINDOWS - We can install Velux windows to your roof. * BUILDING SERVICES - We offer a wide range of building skills and can help with your building projects. For more information about our company and what we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Reviewed by joseph on 29/10/2020

The rating for the roof leek above the garage. Very well examined. . good materials used and efficiently repaired. Polite and quick service, Thank you , Anna

Here at F.Scott Roofing and Roughcasting we are highly experienced & highly qualified tradesman. My name is Fraser Scott, owner of of the company. I am a fully qualified roofer & roughcaster with an svq level 3 & sqv level 4 advance roofing.

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Reviewed by Adela on 8/8/2022

I am very happy with the service. Needed a gutter replaced and the job was arranged and finished within one day, with no mess left behind. Very reliable company and great quality work, highly recommended!

We are small family run business providing building and landscaping, in Great Yarmouth & Norwich, sourounding areas, with in the company there’s over, 8 years experience if different parts of the trade,

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Reviewed by Jacquie on 4/4/2022

Brilliant service - Tried hard to fit me in when really busy which I appreciated as many builders didn’t even bother quoting ! Really clear and fair payment process with payment schedules making me feel safe handing over funds. Finished the loft conversion this week and looks lovely .. really pleased would recommend and would use again- above all - lovely personable guys (especially Cameron and Dan)

Morrison contractors covering all areas of painting and Home Improvements specialists in exterior roof and wall coatings all our work is guaranteed using best of materials finished at high standard friendly reliable family business

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Reviewed by John on 8/8/2022

Elite roofing are highly trained and professional, ready to face any new project handed to them. We will perform all the previously mentioned roofing work with expert precision, confidence, the up most professionalism and the highest levels of health and safety.

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Reviewed by Pete on 24/1/2022

Great service.

Family running business based in Gravesend. Our priority is excelent service and satisfide customer. Top quality work is our trademark. Specialised in all type of build work with very expirienced team. Plenty of references form our previous satisfied clients. In need of top quality builders? call for more informations.

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Reviewed by Mark on 12/11/2019

Looking forward to our next build with Bogdan and co. Highly recommended team of builders who go above and beyond to make sure you are happy!

We offer high quality building and maintenance services across London

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Reviewed by Diego on 12/5/2021

Andrei and his team did a few works for us including a chimney breast removal, opening of a doorway, rubbish removal, installation of 13 lockers in my yoga studio (on going), plus plastering, tiling and cap off radiator pipes. They will do fencing and some flooring for us in the coming weeks. I am very happy with their work and quality.

Hi, I'm Ashley and i do my best to build a good profile with top ratings,I hope to deliver a good service to each customer and always make sure the customer is happy with my work.Check my ratings and reviews out to give you some info about me

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Reviewed by Adrian on 11/7/2022

Prompt communication. Turned up on time and did the job well.

We have 11 years experience in a carpentry work . Loft convention. roofing. Kitchen specialist. Bathroom fitting .Extension . Doors. Architrave. Skirting.engineering floor. Laminate floor.staircases.kitchen. All the construction work

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Reviewed by Sophia on 18/4/2022

Nik did an amazing job on my kitchen installation, totally transforming it into a beautiful space. Very pleased and looking forward to using it and showing it off.

All aspects of work are carried out to a high standard working alongside clients to insure all needs are catered for.

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Reviewed by Sarfraz on 12/9/2020

Very unreliable- Disappointed because they agreed on a price and time scale.Dropped tools and then never showed up. Called and agreed to come but again never showed up. Took all his tools away the following day without informing us leaving a lot of mess in the garden.

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

Home solutions a trusted business which has been serving the roofing & building industry for over 20 years.

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Reviewed by Nili on 27/7/2022

It has been 7 years since Daniel Beldom renewed our garage roof, which at the time looked good. A few weeks ago the front part of the roof collapsed so a local roofer tried unsuccessfully to repair it. As a result I discovered that the back of the roof was never treated with felt! Daniel left a bare wood to be exposed to the elements. I contacted him 3 weeks ago, he said that he will come and fix everything, but this is not the case. He gives a date and does not come or call. It still under guarantee...

My company is based in east lothian , we have over 25years Roofing experience and believe in giving our customers the best .Im qualified in all aspects of roofing to Slating,tiling,leadworks,guttering, flat roofs, chimney works, stoneworks, harling. We cover small maintenance contracts to full Renewal works. we also rely on building a good reputation. We now offer a cherry picker service. Rope access fully qualified in all building maintenance heights. Tenement maintenance and insurance works also welcome

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Reviewed by Andrew on 3/8/2022

Chris came and checked out the roof of my 50 year old bungalow and advised me that the roof is still in good condition and won’t need any major repairs done which I thought was very honest and professional. 5 star customer service and will definitely hire in the future.

WE ARE FAMILY RUNNING BUSINESS WE ARE PROVIDING TOP QUALITY WORK AND FARINDLY CUSTOMERS SERVICES WE ARE ESTABLISHED SINCE 2017. BATHROOM / KITCHEN FITTING . WALL FLOOR TILING. PLASTER / SKIMMING / PAINTINGS. WALLPAPERS ???? DECORATING. ROOMS. OUR ANY BUILDER WORK INSIDE OR OUTSIDE.

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Reviewed by Diane on 25/2/2022

did the job well re shower tray that was leaking. iwas let down by a coupie of other traders , but JozsefBUILDER AND TILING came out said they could do the job quoted me avery reasonable price, .fixed the leaking shower tray and were very efficient and polite would definetly reccomend them and would hire them again

The renovation company based in Crawley, West Sussex. Specializing in all types of interior work. Decoration & Skimming &Wallpapering. Bathroom refurbishments. Kitchen refurbishments. Full house refurbishment. Real Wood & Laminate & Vinyl Flooring. New Plumbing installation & old Plumbing maintenance. Walls removals & RSJ inserting, Rooms reconfiguration. Any project sizes /from small to big/ are Welcome!! High quality with minimum hassle.

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Reviewed by Nadeem on 7/5/2022

I found the people for SkyDeco to be knowledgeable and professional that worked very hard to meet targets. I would recommend SkyDeco to my family and friends. SkyDeco deserve a 5 star rating.

hi, my name is Anthony from aberslate building 20years experience on all work from full re,roof to miner repairs cement point work harling walls build or repair paving and so on. we have many years experience of working in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas. We are proud to boast that the business provides a thorough and professional service and are fully committed to total customer satisfaction. The company is covered with Liability Insurance and will guarantee that all of their work will be completed to the highest quality and standard, in compliance with the most up-to-date Building and Health and Safety Regulations.

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Reviewed by william on 31/3/2022

very impressive if you have a problem they will do a good job

CHRIS NWL CONSTRUCTION LTD is an professional refurbishment and construction contractor with many years of experience in construction industry. We are building company specializing in solutions for your Painting, Decorating, External Solid Home Insulations, House Refurbishments and Extensions. Providing free quotations with guaranteed customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Paul on 8/4/2022

Chose these guys for my house extension. Chris and his workforce are very organised with good planning skills and they’ve been making sure our needs have been met all along the way. Really recommend for any kind of building work.

We are a general building and maintenance company. We cover all aspects of building from small maintenance items to full refurbishments, conversions and extensions. We have over 30 years experience and all our operatives are time served tradesmen. We pride ourselves on our quality of work and always price competitively. No job is too difficult and we specialise in structural work, composite walls, dry rot and other challenging jobs which we will execute and resolve at an extremely reasonable cost. We also attach a 'no quibble guarantee' on all our work for your peace of mind. Although we are geared mainly to commercial customers we welcome residential homeowners as well. Please feel free to email me or call me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. We offer free estimates, are fully insured and can provide references if required. Andrew Truby Company Director AVT Building Solutions.

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Reviewed by Debbie on 30/11/2021

We can highly recommend this company. They were efficent, competative, polite and did a faultless job. They came when they said they would. Would not hesitate to use them again. Thank you.

A family run buisness with 10 year workmanship, helping others

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Reviewed by Craig on 10/2/2022

Very competitive quote so hired for a small extension to our lock block drive. Guys did a great job.

London Development uk ltd is our company, we have been trading for over 12 years in the construction business. - We are a fully insured company with a big portfolio of jobs completed and we are friendly and reliable on any work and business that is coming across. - We can do big jobs as new buildings or full refurbishments, basements, extensions, lofts conversions etc and also we can do small jobs as bathroom refurbishments or even smaller is always space and time for a new job. - We guarantee you that you will get the best workmanship on your job with best skills and acknowledge in the construction industry, time effective and costly effective for customers. Try our company and you will gain the benefits!!!

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Reviewed by Angela on 20/2/2021

Seriously so impressed by professionalism, work ethic, quality of work, expertise and advice when i was designing my bathroom. I really cant fault ANYTHING about Peter and his team. Very respectful with my home, they prepared the areas to limit the mess and then at the end of the job, they left the area clean and tidy. I would recommend this company to anyone, and i will definitely be using again - 5 STARS

I have been in the construction industry for over twenty years self employed and before that employed by others. I pride myself in giving good solid advice as well as producing a quality job which I’m proud of and that the customer expects. I am a Dulux Select Accredited Decorator and all work is guarenteed by Dulux for two years. I have Public Liability Insurance to the Value of £5m. I have been a Decorator since 1999 and take a pride in my work and take customers requirements very serious and aim to give them the benifit of many years experience. Plus as part of my business i employ a range of other skills including electrician plumber, roofers and builders etc.

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Reviewed by Darryll on 27/7/2022

His partner did a great job.

We're an established roofing company offering over 15 years expertise in roofing, fascias, soffit & Guttering products and epdm rubber flat roofs, installing across Nottingham, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Newark, Worksop, Derby & surrounding area.

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Reviewed by Margaret on 14/7/2020

Really pleased with the standard of service

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Reviewed by Rachael on 16/6/2022

Great job very tidy and efficient Good value

Small family run buissness priding ourselfs on a reliable service

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Reviewed by Ashley on 12/2/2021

Great service and honest assessment of the work actually required. Quick and efficient, good local tradesman. Would definitely recommend and use again for future repairs. Thank you so much for fixing our roof.

East Anglian Services Ltd have been trading in the building industry since 1990 and has been the family trade for over 30 years, we are a family run company that combines both new and old techniques to form a superior level of bespoke construction skills. Throughout the years we have undertaken every aspect of construction across Norfolk. Our unique skills and elite project management services provide customers with a complete package, we provide fully detailed quotations listing every detail of the work to be undertaken, we also work consistently to one project at a time assuring our dedication to each customer. We guarantee all our work to the highest standard and work with a reputable group of trusted tradesmen to achieve our known expert status, we possess a generous list of former customers that would be more than happy to provide detailed references for potential customers within the future. We offer a free consultation and estimating service. So if you’re looking for an established, local and reliable Building Contractor to take on your dream project or just need a small job completed get in touch. From new builds and extensions to garage or loft conversions, including kitchens, bathrooms and much more.

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Reviewed by Ernie on 17/9/2020

Superb workmanship , cleanliness and value . Came in on budget and timescale and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. A big thank you to Andrew and his team !

We cover a wide range of experienced roofing and building services. we cover trades such as: commercial/domestic painting and decorating, internal/ external. pitched/ flat roofing, tile replacements to complete new roofs. chimney repair/ removals. fascia/ soffit and gutter repair/replacements, upvc cladding. lead flashing renewal/ repairs. plaster/ rendering. gutter cleaning and skyvac services, domestic and commercial. extensions/ conversions. Brickwork repair to replacements or complete new builds. we also cover ground work such as fencing/ top soil and turf/ patios and driveways. competitive quotes guaranteed. full public liability insurance. works guarenteed for 15 years

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Reviewed by Gary on 22/6/2022

B1 home improvements We fit new UPVC fascia soffits guttering downpipes all roof repairs undertaken no job too small and most definitely no job too big

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Reviewed by Oliver on 28/12/2021

Very poor workmanship, slates left a mess after multiple visits. Root cause was never addressed (split lead). Ended up going to a more local roofer who was great. Wanted to quote for a whole replacement of ridge tiles and entire face after their first fix failed.

I am a diligent worker with over 10 years experience. I am proficient in all areas of roofing. I complete my work to a very high standard and my quotes are reasonable. Customer satisfaction is of great importance to me. Please do no not hesitate to contact me.

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Reviewed by Ali on 29/6/2020

Joe has done an exceptional job with our roof. He came on time and finished the job at the time he promised. He has extreme attention to detail at a reasonable price. I strongly recommend to hire him. Ali Emerson park

We are a company with experience in domestic installers we offer all type of general building services.You can be assured that your job is in the safe & professional hands! FREE estimates and call out of charge.Visit us on Facebook for more info: @2BROTHERSCCONSTRUCTION. Thank you!!!

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Reviewed by Elias on 31/1/2022

We're so delighted that we went with TBC. TBC completed major works on our property - structural works, full electrics/re-wiring, plumbing, tiling, decorating, new flooring, new bathroom etc. etc. TBC were so professional throughout and had all the relevant knowledge with regards to certificates and approvals needed. They worked incredibly hard and to the highest quality. They have been readily available to come over and finish off the final snags. We look forward to working with TBC again for our loft!

Bramhill construction is a privately owned building company with over 20 years experience. Fully qualified, insured and registered members CSCS. Cob, Lime and Stone Laying, Eco Buildings, Barn Conversions / Extensions, Re-pointing Listed Buildings, ...

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Reviewed by Adrian on 15/4/2020

Worked well for me, recomend.

A Family run business specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of Garden Rooms, Summer Houses. Home offices, Decking, Kitchens and Garage Conversions. With a combined experience of over 30 years with Carpentry, Framing, Electrical installation, kitchen fitting and design, CD Home Improvements is a one stop shop for anyone looking to improve their home. Quotes are free and non obligational. Visit our website at CD-hi co uk Full Public Liability Insurance. All work guaranteed upon completion

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Reviewed by Anthony on 9/8/2022

We pride are selfs as professional trades men who provide a high quality standard of work and use the best material on the market at low prices all are work is fully guarenteed we dont ask for a deposit and dont expect payment until job is fully complete

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Reviewed by Paul on 7/3/2015

Jake was prompt and gave a very detailed estimate (In fact it was the total price). The lads turned up on time and just got on with the job. They were clean and polite. I was totally satisfied with the workmanship and the professional attitude of all involved. I will certainly use them again. Highly recommended.

RJG Carpentry offers a professional , friendly, reliable service at very competitive prices all in one package to improve your home or business, WHY MOVE? JUST IMPROVE! All aspects of carpentry and building works undertaken

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Reviewed by Amber on 26/7/2017

Rob and his team were fantastic. Rob's pricing and quote was completely transparent and fair. Whenever he came up against unexpected issues, he was quick to problem solve and we really valued his guidance. We are delighted with our new playroom, utility room and shower room.

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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?

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