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Woodland gardening care is a family run business and we thrive on keeping every customer happy and doing the best job we can. We take on any job no matter how big or small and offer professional service we are more than happy to come and give free quotes

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Stone / Concrete Paving

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Reviewed by Veronica on 25/9/2017

Very disappointed. Paid extra cost to get the job done. Their equipment was inadequate. Kept breaking down. Turned up late or did not turn at all. Left job uncompleted.

A team of fully qualified tradesmen that cater for all types of internal and external home improvements. Remove the stress and problems of giving your home the makeover and let Loch-Hill look after it for you!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garage Conversion, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 24/9/2017

Received an excellent service from Scott and his colleagues, complete refurb of our bathroom was carried out to the highest standard on time and budget. They made sure our suite was ordered and delivered on time and the small touches like cleaning up at every stage and washing the driveway to clear any debris was great. Would have no hesitation in recommending loch-hill home improvements and we will be using them again.

Hi my name is oliver kent I am a fully qualified carpenter I work for a company called concept carpentry. I am looking to take work on for myself at evenings and weekends but willing to work week days depending on Job .

Trades serviced: Wooden staircases, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Laminate Flooring

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Reviewed by Tracy on 24/9/2017

Had 5 doors and a stair rail fitted , oliver is a tidy worker and finished in good time . It's was a pleasure to meet him .

Dg garden services is a small company with a large amount of experience. We are qualified and experienced in all types of landscaping and general buidling work, with over 15 years experience. Give us a try for a quality service at an affordable price.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by Ryan on 24/9/2017

Great service, well priced and very tidy job. Highly recommended.

Hi ,I m hard working ,and work very tidy.i m very friendly and always finish the job very good .my brother Luan help me when I needed him 16 years experience

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Garage Conversion, Bespoke kitchens, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by alex on 24/9/2017

Good work for plastering of a small area but I think the pricing was on the high side. They came back to resolve a client concern immediately which was great.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Stonework / Stone Cladding

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Reviewed by Chris on 24/9/2017

Good job done. Would use again.

Advanced Services Ltd as a company we are committed to our customers. We guarantee all of our workmanship and are committed to delivering a very high level of customer satisfaction. We strive to provide a quality service at the lowest possible price.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Wooden Decking, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, Screeding, Stone / Concrete Paving

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Reviewed by Stephen on 24/9/2017

Reliable company. Explained the problem to George who immediately understood the problem and suggested a cure to the problem. He then emailed a quote which I considered reasonable. I phoned George to accept the contract and also requested that he priced for what I thought for additional work. George said that he would look at the condition of the remaining roof and said that he would only do the work if it needed to be done and didn't want us to waste money on doing work that wasn't necessary.

Trades serviced: Wooden staircases, Wooden Doors - Internal, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Laminate Flooring, Solid wood flooring, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Nicola on 24/9/2017

Tim did a fantastic job of building and fitting our alcoves. He came to quote, measure up and was always prompt and friendly. The quality of the work is great and he was able to suggest solutions when we came up with problems! He had a good tidy up at the end of each day and finished the job to a great standard. Super happy with our new, tidy, storage so much so we've got Tim coming back to do a cupboard. Thanks Tim.

Hi I am Kevin a friendly hard working reliable tradesmen who takes pride in all aspects of his work I am multi skilled tradesmen who can guarantee my work.

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

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Reviewed by Steve on 24/9/2017

First class response and service. Will use again

All-repair is a small local buisness providing professional and reliable interior improvement services. Free no obligation quotes good portfolio with references on the request. Price match deals.

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

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Reviewed by Lorna on 24/9/2017

Fabulous job. Very tidy finish. Will definitely use them again.

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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