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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.

We are a small family run business with experience in all aspects of Building & home improvements. working around Newport and the surrounding area's. We provide a fast and professional service at competitive rates. No job too small, call now for a free quotation. newporthomeimprovmentscom

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Reviewed by Rowena on 12/10/2021

A difficult job to repair damage from previous builder

Working with our customers to create their ideas into reality!

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Reviewed by Peter on 18/8/2021

Excellent service and quick turnaround. Boys did not stop until work was completed. All satisfactory.

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 James on 9/9/2021

Worked quickly and efficiently and were clear about the extra work requirements as they went along the 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

Jmh Property maintenance is a family run buisness, with 30years experience , we specialise in a complete range of property repairs and improvements, from minor repairs to new roofs, all types of domestic and commercial clients, 1st class services,insured.

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Reviewed by alan on 4/9/2021

Excellent work by John and Andy. Thank you both. Alan

WK CONTRACTING 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 Julie on 16/8/2021

I am so happy with my new bathroom it looks amazing loverley lads friendly chatty and very polite perfectionists cleaning as they go never left a mess so pleased I chose W&K to do the work I would recommend W&K to everyone 1 very happy customer

Over 30 years roofing and property maintenance experience. No job too big or too small. A good standard of workmanship and will guarantee all our work. Reliability is key. we have expanded the area's we will work to Monmouth and Herefordshire, has we want to give customers peace of mind when looking for a reliable roofer with a wealth of knowledge, experience and satisfaction knowing that a professional job is carried out . cpm roofing is the first name you should be looking for when choosing a reputable roofer.

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Reviewed by Rachel on 1/10/2021

Quick to respond and arrange a quote. Managed to fit the job in quickly between other jobs. Efficient, neat, polite team, already booked in to do another job for us.

We Fit quality installs including Garage Conversions , Summer Houses , Garden Rooms also Double glazing and conservatories in Surrey and Sussex, this includes bi folds roof lanterns GRP roofs and orangeries. We are committed to producing projects of outstanding quality and service. We go that much further than other companies, so much so that we get a 5 star rating from all our customers on completion and 100% satisfaction is achieved. Give us a call and you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Nowrin on 24/6/2021

Very experienced, handled the job very nicely, reliable, he look after the job by himself , I do not need to provide any support to him, definitely a competent trades person

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.

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 Craig on 30/9/2021

Professional and good quality work.

At Pro-Build Construction Nw Ltd, we build quality into every domestic or commercial project we undertake to ensure all of our clients are completely satisfied with the work

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Reviewed by Mark on 11/3/2021

Great team got the the job finshed in no time and quality was top class will definitely recommend

Full bathroom installation from design to finish . 15 years experience all trades covered.

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Reviewed by Stuart on 28/9/2021

This was a DIY job I attempted and ended up messing up. Chris came out and was able to identify the source of the leak and fix quickly for a really reasonable price too. Have also got a quote to rip out and swap the rest of my bathroom in a few weeks too, all brilliantly priced.

What We Do Our commercial projects include both new construction and repairs/restorations. Occupied and fully operational job sites are never a problem. And we can also plan, manage, and build multi-phase jobs. Working Together We offer an end-to-end client experience that includes seamless communication, budgeting, staffing, on-site organization, and solid, quality handiwork every time. Why Choose Us? We work with architects and designers to produce beautiful, functional structures. Call us today and bring our project management skills and extensive construction experience to your next project

Skilled in painting, decorating, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tiling, fitted kitchens, wood & laminate flooring and any other jobs around the house.

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Reviewed by Ioannis on 6/10/2021

Great job well finished and quick. Would recommend.

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.

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 Lisa on 3/6/2021

Really pleased with the job that Steve and his team carried out. We had windows and a back door replaced as well as a full kitchen re-fit. All the work was done to a high standard by friendly reliable tradesmen. I would highly recommend SB builders.

With over 20 years experience we undertake all aspects of roofing, new and old, complete roofs or repairs and are specialists in leadworks, flat-roofing, built-up felt, GRP fibreglass roofing, fascia, soffits and guttering. we have a great professional painter on board called Alex and also undertake external and internal paint works. we have various trades on our books and are very knowledgeable in scaffolding, electrical, carpentry, painting and course are main trade platform Roofing. we don't pretend to do everything but for the trades we do there is a qualified professional especially for that particular service. most of our job leads come from customers directly searching on Google or recommendations we use rated people to fill the gaps. please note we are a company not a sole trader or handy man service. We pride ourselves on providing good, honest advice so please get in touch to discuss your roofing requirements or for a free, no obligation quote.

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Reviewed by Roger on 11/9/2021

Ross, Alex and the team were amazing. Clear concise quotes for stripping of old wall and ceiling paper in our lounge and preparation of all surfaces and redecorating of all walls, ceiling and woodwork. Good communication throughout, arriving promptly every day. Excellent attention to detail, ensuring each stage was completed to a high standard. One of our walls was particularly difficult to get full coverage and Alex would not say the wall was finished until he and us were happy with it. THANK YOU

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 !

CM MORAY ROOFING SERVICE IS A FAMILY BUSINESS OF BROTHERS ROOFING SERVICE GENERAL ROOFING CHACKS-VITAL BEFORE WINTER SET IN. ROOF SURVEYS EMERGENCY CALL OUTS AVAILABLE SLATING - TRADITIONAL SLATING A SPECIALITY TILING-REPAIRS AND ROOF REPLACEMENT GUTTERING REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENT-CAST AND PVCU FLAT ROOFING REPLACEMENT-VERSA SINGLE PLY FLEECED BACK 6 YEAR PRODUCT AND WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEE FIRESTONE RUBBER COVER EPDN,GRP SYSTEMS RIDGE AND VERGE END- REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PVCU FASCIAS AND SOFFITS- REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT ROOF AND GUTTERING CLEANING- ANNUAL GUTTER CLEANING SERVICE AVAILABLE LEAD WORK - REPAIR AND NEW ROOFS EXTENSIONS AND GARGE ROOF REPLACEMENT BOX PROFILE METAL SHEETING SUPPLIED AND FITTED VELUX WINDOW INSTALLATION ROUGH CASTING

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Reviewed by Christine on 14/9/2021

Connor is quick and pleasant. Nothing is to much bother for him. Thank you Connor

At Savvy Jo’s we cover everything from plumbing, electric, carpentry, gardening, roofing and decorating. We cover all levels from small refurbishments to multi million pound, super prime residential projects. With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry our expertise, quality, flexibility, and reliability is why clients trust us and come back to us time after time.

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Reviewed by Lydia on 13/9/2020

Excellent work. Professional, efficient and high quality. Would definitely recommend, and will be using Savvy Jo's for all our future renovations.

Hello everyone I do extension electrical repairs painting decorating

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Reviewed by sadie on 18/8/2021

Spahiu is Very Professional and reliable , He did our electricity expansion work in kitchen as well as extra decoration work , he even did some extra work free of charge , highly recommended and would happily use his service again in near future , All the Best

We carrie out maintenance and building work to all property have over 35 years experience in the building industry

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Reviewed by Ivan on 6/10/2020

Mike is very knowledgeable and quick at his work. He has never let me down and I have instructed him to do many jobs.

KCTLondon is a design-based Construction firm operating from Greater London, delivering quality services to clients’ satisfaction and within budget. Our products have remained high-end but our prices are competitive giving us the edge over many others.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 8/5/2017

I was very pleased with the work done. All the tradespeople were very helpful and pleasant We were very pleased with the works.

We have over 10 years experience in the roofing industry, both on commercial and domestic properties. We offer services ranging from full roofs/ re-roofs to small repairs. We also undertake lead work and roof maintenance. All work is carried out to a high standard and fully guaranteed for customer peace of mind.

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Reviewed by David on 26/11/2020

Said he was interested in quoting but has not met the appointment

My name is Mr. Baker, company name "Ivory property service" Ive been a roofer for over 30 years , im city and guilds approved , and we are also on other websites including Checkatrade, Mybuilder , RCP , Bark and several other websites. We pride ourselfes on our work, very polite and very relaiable. Please call for a free quote and advice, Kind regards Mr T Baker

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Reviewed by Frank on 8/9/2021

Called Ivory property serv on a Tuesday they came on the weds “” Looked at problem and worked on it same day”” I’m happy Job Sorted Waiting for the rain now As we do ? But i know its ok Thanks Frank Lewisham

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.

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 do all aspects of bathrooms and minor building works, we take pride in our work and enjoy leaving the customers with a smile on their faces.

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Reviewed by Suzanne on 13/10/2021

Really pleased with our bathroom refit., it looks fantastic. The guys worked really hard, great communication, clean, tidy, polite and helpful. We were working from home and the guys were very patient and happy to work around our work schedule. They did an excellent job and we would highly recommend.

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.

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

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 Jason on 1/8/2021

Thanks to Slavi and the boys for a 1st class job.

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.

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 Enkayah on 22/9/2021

I am very pleased with the work undertaken by the company. They kept to the date given for the work to commence and completed on time. The workers were always punctual, polite and very helpful. Their work was meticulously clean and tidy and the work was completed to my uttermost satisfaction. Krish Veeramah.

Just one call, we do it all

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Reviewed by Dennis on 10/1/2021

Least said soonest mended

Hello my name is Gregory. I am a builder in the London area. I specialise in extension, loft conversion, bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation, all types of roofs, carpentry and much more. Me and my team will put together high spec finishes at fairly low cost. My cost will be broken down and clear for the client to see. More than happy to do quotes for large or small jobs. I have a number of references in the area and I am more than happy to share them with you. I believe my work speaks for itself so please get in touch. Thanks. G

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Reviewed by Jamie on 16/6/2021

Greg and his team are extremely knowledgable, his workmanship and cleanliness is second to none. He communicates extremely well throughout and is very trustworthy. He comes highly recommended.

If you are thinking of extending, converting, or in any way structurally altering your home, we can assist you with any or every stage of your project.  

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Reviewed by Marilyn on 24/8/2020

When Paul introduced himself I was impressed by his thorough examination of the job specification. Proactive in his approach he was ready to start work on my extension soon after lockdown was eased. Paul has a good team who are pleasant and considerate when working in and around the property. He is very approachable and kept in touch either by appearing on site or by phone and was willing to adapt the project if asked. I would be happy to employ this company again due to value and professionalism

we are a family run company and have been trading for 22 years with in the building industry we cover anything from small jobs to full build extensions chas certified

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Reviewed by Matthew on 14/11/2020

Rex Construction offered and delivered a professional approach to all elements of the works. Rob was extremely approachable and knowledgeable. The lads on site where always on time, attentive and provided a high quality of workmanship, with Steve in particular setting and delivering high standards. I would have no hesitation in using Rex Construction on any future projects.

Multi-skilled builder with 20 years of experience , Quality workmanship, rapid problem-solving, reasonably priced. Please see my photos for a sample of my work. Many more photos available upon request. Happy to visit you and provide a quotation. Services include: Very nice design bathrooms Home renovations and conversions New kitchens Carpentry , Decorating Tiling , Plumbing Artistic walls and ceilings Partition walls and reconfigurations Internal planning and design .

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Reviewed by Jas on 15/7/2021

I have just been in the area for a few years and used a builder from my last city to do a full kitchen diner conversion. But I thought I would try someone local this time and I must say I wish I used them initially. It’s not only the quality of work but also the hard work they put in. My whole experience has been great. If you looking for someone one honest and reliable then look no further. Definitely using them in my next job.

We are a family run Business for 20 years we specialise in making good jobs for our customers all work is fully guaranteed all work is put in writing with a full written receipt and contract and don’t pay a penny till customers hundred percent happy with the work undertaken

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Reviewed by Peter on 20/9/2020

John and his colleague called within two hours of being contacted. They assessed the job, estimated the cost of repair and carried out the work within the next hour and a half. I have been unable to inspect the work due to its location, but it has certainly cured the problem, and I have been given a ten year guarantee that any further leak's will be repaired free of charge. Cost of the repair was rather high, but due to the speed and convenience with which it was carried out, I accepted it.

We are a small building company with over 15 years in business , all of our tradesmen are highly skilled and all of them have over 35 years of experience in the building and construction industry.

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Reviewed by Iain on 4/1/2021

Dimension builders have just completed a 10 week build for us. It was an extension from the main house and detached garage conversion into bedroom and wetroom for my disabled wife. Throughout the whole build Dave has been a pleasure to work with. Communicating with us all the time and clean and tidy. Any sub contractors he has had come to carry out works, such as plasters, tilers and plumbers etc, completed jobs to a very high standard. We would not hesitate to recommend his firm to family and friends.

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.

I am a reliable and trustworthy person. I have very been running my company for the last 10 years.

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Reviewed by Donald on 10/10/2021

Tony approach our job with what i expected from a trade man. Professionalism, punctuality and a clear process of how he intened to complete the work

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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.

family business for over 25-year a quality job for an affordable price

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Reviewed by Cherry on 14/10/2021

The job was completed quickly and efficiently. Communication was clear and concise. I Will definitely use this company again should the situation arise.

Garth Builders Ltd. for building and roofing services Building and roofing contractors provide a range of domestic and commercial building services. But we are not your average building and roofing contractor. Call us for a building or roofing service. We might just surprise you. We can undertake all kinds of building and roofing works. Building and roofing services are also known to charge exorbitant prices. However, our aim is to provide all customers with affordable building and roofing services. So if you are a homeowner or a commercial enterprise who needs a building or roofing work done, we are the company to call. We also work for the local authority so we understand the necessity of doing a good job. We are are fully compliant with safety and health regulations. Why Garth Builders Ltd. for these services? For more than 40 years, we’ve become a trusted and established name in building and roofing work around the city and nearby places. Rest assured we can meet your building and roofing needs with our safe work systems, use of superior materials and quality workmanship. We have the skills, expertise and the knowledge to work on any type of building and roofing project. We are always investing in and embracing new techniques so we are up to date with recent advancements in products and services. It also means we can provide a range of building and roofing services, all of which can meet your specific requirements. We also accept insurance for our building and roofing work, so please call us for the details. Our aim is to achieve great results and to ensure our customers requirements are reached with efficiency. Contact Garth Builders Ltd. today Thanks to our attention to detail and quality workmanship, we have a number of customers who rely on us for their building and roofing requirements. For any building or roofing work in this city, depend on Garth Builders to deliver quality services at very competitive rates. You can take our word for it. The services we offer are as follows All types of building works undertaken Extensions Conservatories All types of ground works Drainage Joinery works Plastering Flagging Roofing repairs Re-roofs Windows doors Pointing Dry verge systems Fascias & soffits All types of guttering works

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Reviewed by simon on 14/10/2021

Professional from start to finish. Provided a competitive and clear, itemised quote and good communication in the lead up to the job. Work was to a high standard carried out by friendly and careful workmen. The chaps cleared up all the construction debris, checked I was happy with everything before departing. First class from start to finish, and would not hesitate to use Garths again.

Watertight home improvements Don't move-IMPROVE & ADD VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY.We specialise in ALLroofing,all types of building &.DPC.work & uPVC roofline.Approved & certificated installers of EPDM Firestone RubberCover roof system.FULLY,INSURED 100 RADIUS

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Reviewed by Les on 10/9/2019

They reroofed the garage which was excellent and I ask them to do other work on facia boards and new gutters for the porch. They found that the tarmac underlay on the porch was not very good and replaced it; removing the tiles. There was no quote given for this but I said I wanted it doing. They also cleaned the house roof of moss and the drive. All the work was excellent and 5 star rating.

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

Hi I work on my own I have been do roofing for 30 years . I hope I come a cross as an honest person , I do felt , slating , rub liquid, fiber glass , asphalting, gutters, fasica and soffit

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Reviewed by Daniel on 24/9/2021

Satisfied with job. Very efficient and helpful

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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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