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Started over a decade ago with the princes trust T&a home improvements is a family run business offering a wide range of roofing and repairs and much more offering free quotes and advice please call Adam to discuss exactly what you need

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Reviewed by Peter on 21/10/2021

We found T&A Home Improvements arrived prompt on time, efficient , polite and friendly to deal with and highly recommend them.

STORM SHIELD ROOFING we are a family business with over 20 years experience we take pride in our high standards of work and respect your property and home as owning a property and maintaining it is your greatest asset , Our prices are fair but not always the cheapest , however we do offer a price match guarantee. we use the best quality materials for each project and aim to keep a clean and tidy finish on site. We are Fully Public liability insured monitored and vetted with government consumer standards in mind with all staff CRB checked with over 30 years combined team experience, from residential to commercial properties . accept nothing less than the professional approach, We build relationships with our customers to ensure that you use our services time and time again . Payment methods we provide an invoice on completion and we accept payments via bank transfer and cash under a certain amount in line with the money laundering act, all receipts and Guarantee's are provided . Please note it is at the customers discretion to choose a payment method suitable for them . There's little we can't do when it comes to roofing building & upvc work Roof repairs Full re-roofing Slate roofing Emergency call outs Re-pointing Velux windows installed Velux window repairs Lead flashing repairs Chimney stack repair Soffit & Fascia Boards Flat roofing Pitched roofs Tiled roofing Felt roof repair All Roof Timber Renewed All (power-washing) jobs undertaken big or small with 3,500 PSi honda machine that gets All the dirt and grime weeds out Free scaffolding with every major job Working hours Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm Please have a look at our work online We offer free inspections & free quotations We cover Kent & London

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Reviewed by Dave on 17/8/2021

The work was done satisfactory as the guttering isn’t leaking anymore,

First Renderers is proud to be a family business, with quality expertise and experience. We have done jobs for celebrities like George Clarke and John Terry as well as the Tv show Grand Designs so you can be certain that our focus is Quality, Hardwork & Ultimately Customer Satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Ed on 21/10/2020

Focused on professional delivery

We have been in business for 20 years + specialising in full extensions loft conversions. block paving, patios, decking,fencing,turfing, painting and decorating,also laminate flooring.

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Reviewed by Janet on 4/6/2021

Very helpful, professional approach and would be happy to use him again.

Experienced builder team for all kinds of property improvements based in London.. We offer an extensive range of building and property development services carried out by experienced, professional builders. We are happy to tackle any project,

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Reviewed by Alejandro on 23/12/2018

Done a great job. Will definitely recommend

Just one call, we do it all

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Reviewed by Dennis on 10/1/2021

Least said soonest mended

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 David on 8/9/2021

Nice team and a lovely job done. Left site in pristine condition.

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!

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 reg business , we don't believe in hard sale or pitch no hype no pressure , just good honest ,reliable and quality workmanship . Reg installers of our products. Roofline, flat roofs . Tile roofs.

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Reviewed by Heather on 30/11/2021

Needed slates fixed and repaired and panel repair at side of house. Alf got in touch and was out on a day that suited us both. Took a walk around my house and I was able to discuss what I needed and also managed to go over another thing that needed fixed. Very reasonable price quoted. Great job and completed quickly. I am very happy and would recommend. Hoping for future work with Alf.

I am a builder with many years experience in home improvement an specialise in carpentry, plumbing and electrics. I am proud of my work and I want you to be too.

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Reviewed by Marvin on 3/11/2020

Csaba and his team are fantastic. They completed the work within the timescale agreed to a high standard. Csaba communicated very well and suggested solutions to issues that arose during the project. They have all the required tools and take care in clearing the property down each day. I have a second project which I will use Csaba and his team.

DK HOME is a professional building company with over 25 years experience. We offer full home refurbishment, help design your dream place and finish the project to the highest standards. We cover North West and Central London areas Builder handyman. Loft conversion, House extensions and full Refurbishment . Full package including an architect, council application, structural engineering and Building control.

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Reviewed by Kate on 22/7/2020

Daniel turned up on time on the day agreed without fuss and got through a list of electrical, decorating and repairs jobs at speed and with great competence. The coving he put up is immaculate and the electrics are tidy and he clearly knows his stuff. Would ask him to work again.

We have 11 years experience in a carpentry woorks .fire Doors. Architrave. Skirting.engineering floor. Laminate floor.staircases.kitchen. Decking. MDF cabinet …………… ……………………….,,,,,

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Reviewed by Peter on 2/12/2021

Said he would do the work then left me in limbo and I now got a kitchen being delivered in one week with no ground work done. Merry Xmas

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 Joan on 4/10/2021

Roof repair made no difference to the leak. Now I am uncertain if they did any work at all.

30 years in the building and landscaping trade

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Reviewed by Roxane on 6/2/2019

Work done within agreed time frame and agreed budget, Very high quality job, i am very happy with the job. plaster surface neatly done, very clean and tidy worker. I will use this tradesman again,

BarklimoreRoofing.Co.Uk are based in Hastings with over 30 years experience specialising in traditional roofing methods. Fully insured with a friendly personal service. As you can see artificial slates aren't traditional - but the lead work is !

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Reviewed by Astrid on 23/6/2020

Friendly, fast reply to enquiry, quote done same day & job done following day. Would highly recommend, very happy with results ??

We are a family run company, we have a reputation for excellence and attention to detail, not only in the quality of work we do, but also in the high standard of customer service we provide. You only have to read our ratings on rated people to know that we are competitively priced. But we don't cut any corners - quality and value are what we offer. We liaise with you every step of the way, are knowledgeable and willing to give advice, before, during and after your work. You will always find us willing to help and answer any questions you have.

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Reviewed by David on 2/1/2021

Maurice was helpful and polite at all times. He arrived at the agreed times and always kept us informed throughout the project. After completing this small project to our satisfaction we re-engaged him on a larger project to completely refurbish the main roof of our property which he did in a timely and professional manner with plenty of before and after photos. Highly recommended.

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.

ML property maintenance we cover all expects turfing fencing patios block paving path’s and driveways artificial lawns re-pointing of brickwork paving stone grinding gravel raised beds pressure washing also we offer a wide range of roofing services Quality workmanship to the Highest standard

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Reviewed by Blyth on 9/11/2021

A good job done. Clearing away afterwards also good. No complaints. We would use again in the future.

Hadley Building Services The work we carry out is from small single stories too larger projects. Fully experienced builders , who can carry out any type of job. Carpentry, Ground Working , Bricklaying , Landscaping, Patios , Roofing, Driveways, Loft Conversions

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Reviewed by Frank on 19/4/2021

Work was completed to requirement. Ashley was punctual and his team worked hard to complete the job well within timescale. He involved me in key decisions and proposals.

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 John on 4/12/2018

Quick reasonably priced and very reliable Easily contactable So pleased with his work we are planning to have more work carried out by him in the new year.

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 Gareth on 3/12/2021

Turned up quickly to quote and was able to carry out the work earlier than expected after the strong winds in Aberdeenshire at the end of November 2021 caused damage to my house roof ridge tiles.

We are a long established company and pride ourselves on job satisfaction, we can also provide references from previous customers and also photographs of previous work all are work is fully guaranteed

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Reviewed by Helen on 22/3/2018

James did a fantastic job. He refitted an existing bathroom and created two new ensuites, and also built wardrobes and panelling in our hallway. He is reliable, trustworthy, friendly and his work is of great quality. I fully endorse and recommend him- he turns up as expected every day, communicates well and delivers brilliantly. We are quite happy for anyone to come and see his work .

Based in Knebworth, our highly experienced team work with clients both locally, and further afield to undertake Domestic and Commercial projects. Whether you'd like us to carry out a basic fit-out on a small commercial office, domestic home improvement projects or a full fit-out and furnish of something much larger, no job is too big or too small for our team.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 9/11/2020

Dan was super responsive, extremely polite and helpful, and worked with me to complete a programme of office dilapidations to an extremely tight deadline. We would work with Creeate again in the future!

F&L (Floriconstrution) More than 10 years experience in Construction Provides: •New Building •Extension •Loft Conversion •Gardens •Tiling • Painting & Decorating •Rendering •Electrical •Plumbing Etc Please don’t hesitate to contact us

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Reviewed by Annie on 13/11/2021

Very rude in correspondence

Mira Refurbishments offer highly experienced trade professionals,all with a minimum of 10 years experience in their respective trade. All tradesmen have experience of working on projects of various sizes and complexity.I'm to provide the highest quality work at minimum cost.

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Reviewed by benjamin on 7/9/2020

Great work and communications, recommended!

Elite build is located in Hampshire and West Sussex. We are an exciting, commercial and industrial building company, offering all aspects of building work including new builds, extensions, shop fitting, roofing, refurbishments and general property maintenance and alterations. We pride ourselves on modern and contemporary approach to design and construction, whilst maintaining traditional building methods. All our operatives are experienced and highly skilled in their respective areas of construction, and have a passion for their work. Elite build has the experience and knowledge required to successfully complete building projects of varying sizes and complexity.

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Reviewed by Malcolm on 8/4/2021

Max gave me a fair quote and completed the work at short notice. Polite, communicates well and did a very good job of re-pointing our large patio. I would recommend him and his work. Very pleased

If you have any inquiries please feel free to contact me. I do plumbing, electrical, Carpentry, laminated flooring, decking, painting & decorating, driveways.

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Reviewed by Stacy on 2/8/2021

Great job

For all your odd jobs and maintenance needs!   Here at N.S Services no job is too small!  We offer a friendly reliable service with over 7 yearse experienced! No job is too small here at N.S Services.  Be it Maintenance And Repairs, Painting And Decorating, General DIY, Carpentry, Flat Pack Assembly, Tiling, Small Plumbing Tasks, Kitchen Installation, Bathroom Installation. Grass Cutting, Gardening Tasks, Patios, Fencing, Gates, Turf Laying, Window Cleaning, Shed Installation, Loft isolation, Digging and pour the foundations, Gutters, Fascias and Soffits Repaired and Cleaned. I'm based in Gillingham Medway and I cover 45 miles . Thanks !

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Reviewed by Simon on 29/10/2021

Fantastic job a testament to your hard work. Carefully matched bricks as needed and worked hard to rebuild part of a wall (even in the rain) that was damaged. Very professional, punctual, friendly and tidy!

Hi Everyone and welcome to PD Pavers a family run business for over 30years. We pride ourselves in making sure all customers are left with 100% satisfaction that’s what grows our business. When a project is left in our hands we ensure that we are reliable and that all work is done to best of our ability. We care about your specifications when we do work for you. We have countless of choices for you to choose from with knowledgeable advice on what options that are available. All work is fully Guranteed

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Reviewed by Lubna on 16/7/2019

I was very impressed with PD Pavers. It was a stress free experience. They started the job at a short notice and came on time every day. The job was done to a high standard and completed very quick. There was an issue with the drains being blocked but that was put right the very next day. Overall I would definitely reccomend PD pavers.

Quarr builders (UK) Ltd is a family run business based in Dorchester, operating throughout the South West. Established for more than 20 years, we here at Quarr builders specialise in stone work, chimneys, refurbishments, patios and much much more! We pride ourselves on offering a fast, friendly, efficient and cost-effective service to all customers. With our comprehensive skill set, Quarr builders are able to provide a one stop shop from start to finish for all your building requirements. Therefore you can relax, knowing your entire job is being safely and properly carried out by our expert team and that we are with you, every step of the way.

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Reviewed by adrian on 18/11/2021

Excellent communication before and during,very organised,punctual,attention to detail,Excellent Workmanship[,Excellent all round, clean and tidy ,one very Happy Customer, would not hesitate to use Quarr Builders again.

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 yosri on 4/12/2021

We were looking for reliable tradesmen to take on our kitchen project. The kitchen is very small but it needed a lot of work, including wall removal, rewiring, installing a window - it was tons. Two Brothers Construction took on the project with a reasonable quote and delivered everything we had on the list. The kitchen looks worthy of a magazine cover now. The standard of the finish is very high, and the carpentry needs a special mention as the quality is second to none. We will be using them again!

We at K&M property maintenance are a growing business covering all types of roofing and roughcasting work from repairs to full replacements , from driveways to building work We Have it covered we are fully insured and all work comes with a guarantee .

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Reviewed by Elaine on 9/11/2021

Came out quickly to do an estimate, which was emailed to me that day. Work was carried out efficiently and neatly and all rubbish was cleared up. Would definitely use them again.

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.

R&D CONSTRUCTION IS A PROFESSIONAL DESIGN AND BUILDING COMPANY SPECIALISING IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, ALSO A WIDE RANGE OF CONSTRUCTION, DEVELOPMENTS AND REFURBISHMENTS. build We Carry out all type of construction and to us no job is a small job and by that we mean we would be happy to take your various jobs in our hands. We provide the following list of the building services: New Build Property Refurbishment Loft Conversion House Extensions Flat Conversion Driveway & Patio Bricklaying & Re-pointing Kitchen & Bathroom Roofing & Guttering Plastering & Tiling Carpentry & Joinery Painting & Decorating Plumbing & Electrical Central Heating & Under Floor Heating Design We believe a great design is simple and not only how it feels or looks but also how it works. We provide Architectural and Interior Design and Engineering Services: Initial Concept Design Basic Drawings for Planning Application & Application Management Existing & Proposed Floor Plans, Elevations and Sections Site Plans and Block Plans (OS map/ Location Plan) Detailed Architectural Design 3D Concept and Visualisation Design Interior Furnishing, Materials & Fabrics Lighting Design Bills of Quantities (BOQ) 3D Interior Visualisation Design 3D Interior Visualisation Design Building Control package Drawings & Application Management

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Reviewed by Owen on 9/7/2021

Excellent

My company does all types of roofing work, building work and lead work , general building work, rubbish removals , fencing ‘n’ decking etc.

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Reviewed by Nick on 7/12/2021

Friendly quick response, and job done quickly. Much appreciated thanks.

jaben roofing are an established professional fully insured roofing and loft conversion company covering the south east and london. we are specialists in all aspects of roofing including flat and pitched roofs we also offer a full loft conversion service

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Reviewed by Andy on 7/12/2021

Fantastic from start to finish. Ross kept us informed about everything we needed to know or make decisions on. He was very accommodating when new ideas were suggested once we could see the project coming together and Jim's carpentry and building work is exceptional. We are blown away with how good the end result is. Would recommend Ross to anyone.

Hi my name is Lee i have been a joiner for over 20 years. I have a multitude of experience within the building sector, from shopfitting, flooring, joinery work, bathrooms, kitchens, I also build bespoke pieces. Based in Prestatyn.

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Reviewed by Peter on 17/3/2021

Highly recommended infact I've Lee to do more work in the house.

Hi, we are a general building company undertaking all aspects of building work. We specialise in extensions and associated external landscaping. With more than 25 years experience in the construction industry. We are able to call on a large working history within the civil engineering and groundwork domains and offer our clients peace of mind regarding all structural matters including different types of foundations and the placement of structural steel beams when our customers seek that open plan look. We can also carry out garage, basement and loft conversions. We can work to your drawings or supply you with a design and build service. Kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and general maintenance services are also available. Yours sincerely, Mr J Lilley Director- StoneOak construction

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Reviewed by Sue on 2/3/2019

Jay of Stoneoak Construction Ltd provided exceptional service with real value for money. Using skilled trades people he kept us well informed making sure we were happy throughout. Our porch has met our expectations and we are thrilled with the quality and finish. We highly recommend using this conscientious and experienced building company.

I have been in the building trade for over 30 years in last year’s been specialising in property maintenance kitchen and bathroom fitting

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Reviewed by Simon on 20/4/2014

Steve did a good job when installing a cooker hood in my kitchen.

pro-fix builders ltd, we are a one-stop building & property maintenance. we undertake all your needs, including: paving, fencing, roofing, painting & decorating, upvc facias & guttering, & general property maintenance.

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Reviewed by Colin on 15/10/2021

Efficient, punctual and did the job (despite difficult access, as had the necessary gear)

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Reviewed by Cheng on 28/6/2018

Kestutis is very professional and friendly. He refurbished my flat throughout including plumbing, plastering, painting, flooring, heating, built-in wardrobes, tiling, etc. The finish of work is perfect. We highly recommend him to all of you.

JW Construction Joinery Building Roofing We are members of the Lancashire SafeTrader, Trust a Trader, Competent Roofer, we can self certify all our projects to building control, All our work is carried out to the highest of standards.

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Reviewed by Faruk on 29/10/2019

Very quick response and attended job on time as promised. He was polite and completed the work in time.

With over 35 years of experience, Harrogate Builders aim to provide a professional and considerate service, at a competitive quality and cost. with many areas of expertise we can offer a complete service from start to finish no matter the job.

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Reviewed by Hayley on 17/4/2021

Ian and his team demolished our old stone garage and erected a beautiful new stone garage and wall using stone from the site. They undertook the work in often terrible weather during the winter, but just got on and delivered for us. The site was kept tidy throughout the build as well. We would happily recommend Harrogate Builders to anyone looking for quality work.

We are a family run Business over 11 years of experience in landscaping trees & garden maintenance

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Reviewed by Mel on 24/11/2021

Professional, fast and easy to do business with. Thank you Liam !! Contact, quoted and job done in a morning

Grahams painting and property care is a family run business with over 20 years of experience in the Painting industry ?We believe in offering our customers the best possible service for a very affordable price, and this is one of the guiding principles that are also important to our entire workforce. Whether you have requested an emergency callout or help with roofing replacement, we will ensure you receive the highest standard of customer service. Quality is key to everything we do, from choosing The highest quality of paint? to our installation and repairs service. we have been offering our customers the best quality Property care? services in the region, and our reputation has helped us to win much in the way of repeat business and word of mouth recommendations. We are able to carry out any job whether you are a domestic or commercial customer and ensure that your job is offering the best protection for your property. Grahams painting and property care

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Reviewed by Allan on 30/8/2021

Efficient job, good clean workers with great attitude. Highly recommend.

17 years of experience of construction industry.Educational training at Industrial High School.

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Reviewed by Abhijith on 23/1/2020

He was excellent and the only trade person who was able to confidently say that he could build this toilet and delivered it on time. Not only that he also helped us with other fittings around the house with minimal charges. He is definitely a go to person for any of our future building works

spacewise Construction jobs we do extension loft conversion basements plumbing electrician plastering painting and decorating tiling carpentry

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Reviewed by Oliver on 9/11/2018

Alex is a hard worker and a consummate professional. He did a terrific job in our bathroom in a timely rate and at a very competitive price. He was also very accommodating to our needs - whatever we asked, he kindly granted! Very honest, very open... He clearly takes great pride in his work and will never let his client down. 10/10

We are at highest quality builders. All aspect of building work. Please book appointment at our show home in a Caversham

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 4/11/2021

Wojciech was a delight to work with. He was meticulous, honest, sincere and very good craftsmanship with the beam installation. His price was unbeatable and his communication, professional and neatness after the work done exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend him for any house improvements and would rehire him for all my projects in future. Thank you Wojciech and team you are not only good tradesmen but also lovely human beings to work with. So glad to have worked with you all!

Hello everyone I do extension electrical repairs painting decorating cleaning

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Reviewed by Mo on 19/11/2021

Really great guy very honest and hardworking, he came on time and cleaned up all the mess when he finished. Really happy with the results. 100% recommend and will definitely use his services again.

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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?
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