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VAF LTD are expert domestic and commercial joinery and building contractors. We have a long tradition of producing quality building services. We offer a host of carpentry and joinery services to private and commercial clients; incorporating design, manufacturing, finishing and installation for large volume work as well as 'one off' jobs. Our carpentry services to be more precise include creating, manufacturing and fitting bespoke furniture designs to your requirements. We have a great reputation and are well known for our quality joinery work, which is also fantastic value for money and is built to last. Also we are members of the Checkatrade,and earn perfect reviews during the years.

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Reviewed by Laura on 10/7/2020

Very friendly and polite. Responded straight away and able to carry out the job the following day. I would use again.

The Hertfordshire Handyman is a small, dedicated, run business unlike any other. We are not aiming to become a business giant which allows us to give you a more personal service and keeps the price down for our customers. Unlike other large handyman companies we have low overheads and do not sub-contract out any work. Delivering guaranteed best rates together with unrivalled professionalism. We are skilled, professional tradesmen who now offer excellent handyman services. Our services cover private homes, rented properties and commercial businesses throughout London. Our rates are virtually guaranteed to be the lowest, completely transparent and on top of that we do not charge VAT so instantly you save a massive 20%!! We are in the process of upgrading our vehicles to fully electric, not only is this eco friendly but will save us all money! This will lower our overheads therefore keeping our prices the lowest of all the London handy man companies on the web!!! All our work is guaranteed for 12 months and we are fully insured. We can fix, mend or change almost anything in your home or office with piece of mind that it is being carried out by a caring, polite and professional handyman.

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Reviewed by Charlotte on 28/7/2020

Turned up on time, was friendly, professional and did a great job! Would recommend and would use them again in the future.

Over 10 years experience in fitting kitchens and general carpentry including doors, wardrobes, stairs, handrails, flooring, wood stud, roofing, but also electrical and other refurbishments

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Reviewed by Abena on 17/7/2020

Excellent job, went above and beyond. Very professional, high standard of work.

as a builder, I take pride in my work and passionate about what I do, with over 10 years experience in landscape gardening, bathroom fitting,kitchen fitting, project planning e.t.c. over the last 3 years I have been project director for another company carrying out and seen over many different kinds of jobs from £100 up to 100 grand last year I project plan a 6 bed HMO turning into student accommodation

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Reviewed by Ian on 21/7/2020

Glad we got Kyle for the job - quick, reliable, and good value. Will hire again in future

We are a wood flooring company with over 10 years of experience in sanding, renovation and finishing of all types of wooden floors. Our qualified staff and up to date sanding equipment deliver a first class wood floor sanding, restoration, and finishing services to residential and industrial client. The service is designed to offer advice, meet the clients' specific requirements and provide service of the highest quality. Wood Floor Sanding, Restoration and Renovation Specialists Fully insured and hold CSCS We provide a highly professional floor sanding and restoration service for all wood floor types, including parquet floors, hardwood floors and pine floorboards. You can take advantage of our services throughout the London area . FLOOR SANDING,BUFFING FLOOR RESTORATION FLOOR RENOVATION FLOOR STAINING REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT(FLOORBOARDS,BLOCKS,JOIST REPAIRS) GAP FILLING sawdust+resin/pine slivers/flexible gap master SCHOOL FLOOR SANDING CARPET REMOVAL & DISPOSAL FIREBASE RE-STITCH SUB FLOORING FREE ADVICE & ESTIMATES Our team of dedicated professionals will be there with you, every step of the way, from the initial assessment all the way through to the final product. In fact, once the work is done, we will still be here to answer any questions that you may have. We are passionate about your flooring and will not settle for anything less than PERFECTION! Still hesitating should you contact us? Please have a look at our gallery to see for yourself how breathtaking your old floor could be! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Reviewed by Trevor on 28/7/2020

First class job completed in one day. Very happy with the results and would recommend to friends and family.

My specialisation - fitting engineering wood, parquet, laminate, decking etc. 6 years of experiance. Professional ability to operate within a predefined budget and timeframe, whilst maintaining solid processes and quality control.

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Reviewed by Nikhil on 10/7/2020

One of the best tradesman in the business. Honest and reliable, and turned up on time every morning. Pays attention to details and finished our flooring to perfection. Very knowledgeable about products and underlay. Thank you

Hello Thanks for looking at my proffie Im jay Im doing this flooring fittting for last 10 year I do qulity fitting Nice n clean job There some pic of my work pls have a look I got own company i can supply and fit Anything you wanna know pls ask me thanks

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Reviewed by Scheherazade on 10/7/2020

Really impressed with the service and the job. We were kept informed by video of progress and issues were communicated. Very high standard of work and highly recommended!

Hi to all home owners and commercial business. I am the owner of a local Carpentry&joinery business with 20 years experience. I am a time served bench to bench hand joiner specialising in bespoke woodwork and alike projects. Please view my past projects.

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Reviewed by Paul on 13/7/2020

Could not have got anyone better for the job. Turned up on time and finished in plenty of time. Top marks all round.

We are a multi-skilled building services company with building experience in a number of countries across Europe. We have vast experience of, and a true passion for, the trade and pride ourselves on providing our clients with a first-class service, We have been commended for our work ethic, attention to detail and finesse of finish. If required we can provide advice and expertise where needed and look forward to working with you to realise your vision, and even to better it! Our main workman is still learning all the intricacies of the English language, his 5th language! He can competently converse in Russian, and Lithuanian and is very adept to the use of translation software where needed. Should they be required, we have fluent English speakers who will happily assist. We hope the photos of his work will speak for themselves of dedication to his trade and a commitment for excellence. Please do also have a read of our reviews.

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Reviewed by Max on 29/3/2020

Very good communication and excellent service.

Specialising in all carpentry works, commercial and domestic. Please get in touch to find out more about the range of work/services I have to offer via email or mobile.

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Reviewed by Rita and Glynn on 18/6/2020

Robert was very friendly, professional, and explained what he was going to do, and set a day to come and do the job, but he asked me first, I said yes.

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Carpenters & Joiners - what you need to know

Well first off, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between a carpenter and a joiner. Traditionally, a carpenter works on site to install structural elements like doors and partition walls. A joiner, in general, is involved in non-structural elements, building the items that a carpenter then goes on to install.

What a carpenter or joiner can help with

  • Building and installing structures that are made of wood or wood substitutes.
  • For example – doors, door frames, decking, windows, floors, cabinets, staircases and partition walls.
  • Repairing damaged furniture.
  • Cutting and shaping timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames.
  • Building temporary wooden supports to hold setting concrete in place – this is called shuttering.
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This isn’t always strictly the case though, and some tradespeople specialise in certain areas, so when you post a job it’s good to be specific about the work you need done.

If it involves wood, you need a carpenter or joiner. It could be for decking in the garden, installing kitchen cabinets, having some custom shelves or cabinets made… there are lots of different things they can do.

Costs for common carpentry jobs

Some typical jobs Low High
Built-in shelves into alcove £200 £400
Erect shelves onto wall brackets £75 £150
Built-in cabinet in an alcove £450 £700
Built-in wardrobe (2-door) £400 £800
Fit curtain rail £60 £100

The qualifications your carpenter or joiner needs

There aren’t any required certificates or qualifications in order to do the work, but most good carpenters will have learnt through college courses and apprenticeships, combined with on-the-job training. If they’ve completed various college courses they might be happy to share those certificates or results, but really the best thing to do is ask about recent work and references. Of course you can also refer to their Rated People profile page to see all their recent reviews.

timber framed construction

Planning permission for carpentry jobs

If you want decking in your garden, you don’t need permission as long as:

  • The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground.
  • Together with other extensions, outbuildings etc, the decking or platforms cover no more than 50% of the garden area.

Most carpentry jobs won’t need any permission, unless you’re in a listed building. This information was correct at the time it was published, but you can go to the Planning Portal to see the latest.

Insurance for carpentry work

There’s nothing specific to carpenters that you need to look out for. Public liability insurance is a common insurance for all tradespeople to have, along with accidental damage cover, in the rare cases when something might get damaged.

 

Questions you should ask a carpenter

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they show you examples of previous work?
  • Do they employ or consult specialists?
  • Will they be carrying out the work themselves? If not, what experience does the person 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?

Carpentry ideas

Turn to carpenters to add stylish furniture to your interiors as well as custom storage solutions. If you’re not sure where the best storage spaces are in your house then check out this post to help you find the best spots. Last but not least here’s how to choose the right doors for your home , and the right decking for your garden.

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