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Hi my name is matt I have 15 years experience in carpentry and joinery. I have worked for many companies and contractors gaining a wealth of experience. Im a perfectionist and don't settle for anything less than a perfect finish.

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Reviewed by Paul on 2/3/2020

Matt does an exceptional job His attention to detail, guidance and knowledge is 1st rate I have no hesitation in recommending this company. It’s refreshing to work with trades people who are punctual reliable and honest Paul Curtis

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 J. on 2/4/2020

Very professional

Bespoke carpentry at affordable prices Kitchen fitting Bathroom fitting Tiling

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Reviewed by Kathryn on 2/4/2020

Ged did a brilliant job & I’ll definitely use again, highly recommended

Fontwell joinery was established in 1990, we are a small company and our attention to detail is second to none. We specialize in all aspects of custom made joinery and we offer a supply and fit service.

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Reviewed by Iain on 15/2/2020

Gary fitted a new lock to my front door and did an excellent job. Very tidy and very polite, would definitely recommend

We are wood floor specialists for 18 years. We are specialised on sanding, fitting, and restoration. We promise high quality and guarantee clients satisfaction. We use new technology Bona machine(dust free).We do our best to satisfy our customers demands.

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Reviewed by simon on 22/3/2020

George and his father were EXCEPTIONAL. Nothing was too much to ask and they stuck to the original price despite do loads more little pieces of work completed. Kind, punctual, friendly and always super clean and tidy. I can not recommend these guys more highly. If you need something done to your floors, these guys are the people to hire. Thank you so much George!

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 Ian on 16/3/2020

very reliable and great work

fully qualified multi skilled joiner with over 14 years experience, top quality workmanship. Hardworking, trustworthy, reliable & fully insured

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Reviewed by Jackie on 19/3/2020

Fantastic ! Matt was fantastic ! We have booked in for further work ! , very tidy Jackie

Hi I'm Paul Carter from Peterborough I'm a professional carpenter of more than 20 years experience in the trade. I'm reliable, punctual, and plight to all my comstomers. I served a 6 year city and guilds apprenticeship and have worked on all types of jobs. I look forward to meeting and hopefully working for you soon Paul Carter

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Reviewed by Mark on 26/3/2020

I am very sorry to have to put this rating however Paul was supposed to come back and finish our flooring however after 8 weeks and countless voice mails, texts, emails he doesn’t even have the decency to contact us and has left us with a half finished job. I just cannot believe that people on rated people can act this way! We are very very unhappy

A solution for any building related need. Assess your requirements free of charge. Apply our experience and knowledge. Supply a solution for any scale of building and design works. Fully insured. Professionally managed.

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Reviewed by Nicola on 14/12/2019

Very pleased with the work done.

I have over 30 years experience in a wide variety of works associated within the joinery field.housebuilding, shopfitting, kitchen fitting, renovations, extensions, attic conversions, bathrooms, flooring, windows doors etc. I can offer multi trades to suit the customers requirements at a competitive price, with no scrimping on quality .

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Reviewed by Marnie on 1/3/2020

Excellent service.

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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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