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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.

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.

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 Tharima on 24/9/2022

Our bathroom was done very nicely and we received great customer service from Slavek and his team who were patient and professional (fantastic tiling completed by Alexander - thank you!). Slavek kept his word and came back to install the final pieces which did not arrive during the works. He is a man of his word and completed the job at a reasonable price. We are really happy with the final result and would definitely approach for him for future renovations.

Working with our customers to create their ideas into reality!

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Reviewed by Ann on 26/5/2022

Superb work team were friendly and helpful offering great advice. They kept everything clean, tidy and were on time throughout the project. I would definitely use them again and recommend to anyone.

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

Our company was established in UK 9 years ago,Before that we have worked in Portugal,France.We are experienced in refurbishment work,all carpenter work,bathroom fitting,all kinds of external insulation and rendering finishes.We are all certificated.Our work is supported with references. We will do our best to satisfy everyone with the quality of the work we can offer.

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Reviewed by David on 20/6/2022

How refreshing!! Slavi did exactly what he said he would do, from expressing an interest to leaving the site clean and tidy. Would highly recommend Slavi and his team for a rendering project.

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.

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.

jandlroofsmart local family run company for over 20 years in the roofing trade

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Reviewed by amy on 28/9/2022

Did a very good job and the lovely lad who came around worked hard (even during the rain!) Reasonably priced for the work put in. Offered suggestions for other jobs that needed doing but was not pushy in any way. Definitely recommended

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 Andrew on 20/8/2022

We don't say we are the best our customers do. If you need reliable roofing team to get your job sorted we are the people for the job over 20 years experience in roofing and light building don't delay call today and we will be happy help

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Reviewed by Brian on 24/12/2021

Quick response and services

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.

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.

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 Anne on 27/9/2022

Was very helpful and did the job in a day including further work needed ro rectify previous roofer's shoddy work. Showed photos of problem areas.

General builders,kitchens,bathrooms,plumbing,extensions,roofing etc

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Reviewed by Colin on 21/5/2021

Dougie and his team came to our house to completely renovate a bathroom and a downstairs toilet (that wasn't even in use as a toilet at the time). He gave a fair quote for labour and materials. His team worked really hard (without rushing the job). We always felt in safe hands with this team and any extra bits and pieces of work that came up as the job proceeded were charged fairly once agreed upon. They were respectful and tidy. The standard of work was really good. We love our new bathroom and toilet.

Platinum Roofing & Building Ltd offers a range of repairs carried out to an extremely high standard. Free qoutes & Inspections. Professional roofing team!

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Reviewed by graham on 16/6/2020

They were in contact quickly and the work was done . the unexpected cost was to remedy other work that was not done properly by the builder. I also have a 10 year guarantee which was the deciding factor in choosing them. Graham Evans

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!

I’ve been working in the roofing industry for 18 years now doing domestic and site work . The work includes all aspects of roofing from tiling and slating to lead work and flat roofing .

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Reviewed by Lynne on 14/10/2021

Would recommend Simon, very knowledgeable and helpful. Reasonable rates too. We would definitely use him again.

Floem Renovation LTD is the group of professional, qualified trade workers, with many years of experience on most of the fields around property maintanance, improvements and renovations. Focused on the best customers experience. We are specialised with Bathrooms and Kitchens renovations projects, also doing whole house makeover projects. Free quotes. Fully insured

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Reviewed by Roopesh on 23/5/2022

Very happy with the work. Will recommend to anyone

My name’s is John and I’m the owner of EAGLE SERVICE company. I’m a handyman based in Pokesdown and cover Bournemouth, Poole ,Christchurch & around area offering a friendly, reliable and honest service. I have worked in the building & property maintenance sector for the last 18years, dealing with most household jobs from the minor (electric,plumbing,carpentry ) to complete renovation of flats and houses. If it's a job that you can't do yourself or need advice don't hesitate to get in touch with me!!

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Reviewed by Ian on 4/7/2022

John responded quickly, - and carried out the job within a short time - and at a good price. He was also very polite and friendly. I would definitely recommend him.

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.

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

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 Paul on 4/7/2022

Jay and his team at Stoneoak Construction undertook some complex engineering navigating steels into a Grade II listed building on the 2nd floor. The patience and skill led by Jay and his team left me confident that we were in capable hands and his years of experience was evident when carrying this out. Jays honest, down to earth but professional approach only reaffirmed the comments I had already received through recommendation, and I highly recommend Jay and his team.

Aquafix Property Maintenance specialise in property extensions, bathroom and kitchen refurbishments

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Reviewed by Abid on 9/1/2016

Very helpful.

Small family run building company with over 40 years experience over 2 generations as a premium general building company. All types of building work carried out to the highest standard. A one stop shop for all your building needs right from the design and planning stage to completion. Joinery, roofing specialising in flat roofs Building and Plastering A wealth of experience in remodelling and renovations, extensions and sunrooms. Landscaping and paving. All areas covered. Fully insured, trained and certified tradesmen

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Reviewed by Carol on 13/7/2022

Paul and his helper did a marvellous job laying our decking and rails. They were very professional and worked extremely hard until the job was completed. We were very pleased with the final outcome. Frank & Carol.

Roofing Experts

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Reviewed by keith on 21/8/2022

best in the roofing trade

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

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

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.

Over 20 years experience in all aspects of the building trade. Bricklaying, Groundwork's,complete restoration. I pride my business on customer care, and aim for 100% customer satisfaction. PTS construction will provide qualified experienced and honest tradesmen

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Reviewed by Carol on 27/1/2016

Pleasant man, good at his job.

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...

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 Phill on 29/8/2022

This started as a maintenance job but mushroomed in to a full blown roof replacement, chimney stack rebuild, rotten beam replacement & wall repair. Our house is 300yrs old and while we hadn’t planned this work it wasn’t a complete surprise! Maurice & his team were efficient and handled the bad news in a considerate manner. Most importantly the quality of work was very good

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 Jo on 25/8/2022

Can't fault Russ! Came by quickly and quoted a fair price. Russ was even willing to come back multiple times to try to get the job absolutely perfect before asking for payment, and always came exactly when he said he would. Really appreciate his patience with our - clearly cursed! - guttering.

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 Tina on 2/9/2022

Martin was hardworking punctual and very polite my new bathroom looks amazing. A few problems along the way but were put right straightaway. I would hire them again if I needed any more work doing. Excellent service from start to finish

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 Bronagh on 27/9/2022

Great bunch of guys. Really happy with quality and level of service provided. Would highly recommend and definitely use again!

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

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!

Property Maintenance.

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Reviewed by Donna on 26/8/2022

Chris and team came out to sort out no drainage under AstroTurf which was causing a major problem having to 2 dogs and only just moved here, after alot of digging of clay etc and new liner AstroTurf washed and cleaned good as new, Chris even came back as I had problems with the back gate bolt and sorted that. Thanks guys let's hope it stays this fresh

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.

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 Maciek on 15/9/2022

Im glad you replied. Shame that you come up with more made-up stories rather than apologies, or at least keep it silent. There was never any electrician apart from you on-site...so I supposed you are talking about yourself abandoning the site. I will agree with that. Nothing that I haven't heard from you before. I've learned my lessons the hard way it cost me to rectify al the issues, and I hope that it will help other, potential customers, not make the same mistake I did.

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by Paul on 21/9/2022

Done the job as required

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Reviewed by Kevin on 11/3/2022

Very helpful and very prompt

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.

Best choice contract to Ltd we specialise in top and quality construction project in Wiltshire and London we cover all areas of building work from renovation and extension and conversion through to entire managed construction project whether you want a larger kitchen open plan living area and extra bedroom a house extension we could take you one step closer to having the home of your dream we work throughout Wiltshire and London area providing reasonable price quality construction and building services to a wide range of satisfied clients we pride ourselves on our reputation by offering a high standard of workmanship friendly and professional advice and making your project with us as hasslefree as possible Valentino

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Reviewed by Pranav on 7/11/2019

Valentino has done a fantastic job of bathroom and kitchen refurbishment. He has delivered what he had promised no hidden charges and no false promises. Very reliable and soft spoken. He uses the best material in the market so quality of product is very good. He did the facia as well which is also of very good specifications. Overall he is a fantastic builder and I would 100% recommend him.

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.

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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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