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We are a Northwest Based Company and have experience in Civil Engineering Contracts in the U.K and have a detailed knowledge of all aspects including the following: External Works, Landscaping, Foundations, Drainage, Brickwork. Extensions, Garages, New builds etc

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Emma on 23/6/2018

all work carried out quickly and as requested. completed on time, would definately use again

We are a family run business who pride ourselves on doing a first class job at reasonable price, We love to have the personal touch with all of our customers where we explain in detail what we will be doing on your property how long it will take given all free estimates, we always leave your property clean and tidy when we finish. We have over 30 years experience in the trade and are promo and efficient We cover a large area including Carlisle, South West Scotland, Barrow In Furness and many more

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Demolition, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by Dan on 23/6/2018

Spoke to Peter and within 3 days of the initial contact my house has been prepared and painted to a very high standard, extremely pleased with the work. Also Peters communication was excellent and the quote was very reasonable and prompt. I will certainly be using MP home improvements in the future. Thank you very much indeed. Top top job.

low cost,hard working man with tipper truck for all garden waste removal,hardcore and soil removed,general tidying up and all heavy work undertaken.All work is carried out in East Sussex with the customers needs in mind, from start to finish.

Trades serviced: Carpet Cleaning, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by clare on 23/6/2018

Responed to add quickly . With no fuss. Good descent working team

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Dean on 22/6/2018

Pat provided me with a really good quote so gave him the work... He arrived on the Monday morning and finished Wednesday evening. His standard of workmanship was exceptional, even after we discussed additional works I wanted done he carried on and left me virtually with a brand new kitchen at a very reasonable price... Really nice guy as well and easy to get along with...I hope more people use Pat and his business becomes very successful as he deserves it. Thank you Pat.

I have 23 years experiance in the installation, maintenance and repair of all types of domestic and commercial properties.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Leighann on 22/6/2018

Turned up within an hour of putting the job online and did the job within 5 minutes. Would recommend

I'm a sole trader,with 5 years experience and orientated to a quality finish of every job.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Installation, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Diane on 22/6/2018

Friendly, helpful, and conscientious, clean work and s great price. Very happy to recommend.

J.M.S Carpentry & Construction, offer full home refurbishments, from a neat Carpentry service to a complete home, loft or garage conversion. All visits for quotation are free. With many successful years in the trade customer satisfaction is assured.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Stephen on 22/6/2018

Really prompt response and excellent service. Thanks for helping us out!

Family business -craftsmanship

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Andrew on 22/6/2018

Posted Quote on Rated People at 17.45 Called by Kris's lovely wife at 18.37 finalised quote and appointment time by 19.04 and by 10.30 the following morning the job was done. What more could you ask?

I HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS AND HAVE BUILT UP A GOOD REPUTATION IN ABERDEEN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.I PRIDE MYSELF ON VALUE FOR MONEY,RELIABILITY AND EXCELLENT SERVICE.I CARRY OUT ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING WORK AND ROOFING SERVICES.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Damp Proofing, Demolition

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Reviewed by Ben on 21/6/2018

Tim and his team carried out remedial work to our rear garden. The work was carried out quickly and to a high standard. The team were friendly, hard working and professional, to the point where they returned after completion to check on the lawn and drainage to ensure all was satisfactory. I would highly recommend Tim and his team and will certainly be contacting him in the future for any further work.

If you're visiting this page,is because you are looking for a reliable tradesman. I am the person who is talking less,but letting my work to talk. Most important for me,is that customer is happy, therefore I am not leaving the job,until customer is happy.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Tanisha on 21/6/2018

Adrian and his boys were brilliant. His worker Bogdan is a very hard worker, he did a lot of our bathroom to perfection. Adrian and peter did great job also! Bathroom is now perfect for us and for when baby arrives. Thank you all for being so accommodating, so lovely and caring to us all. Brilliant workers!! Great job guys! Tanisha

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Demolition specialists - what you need to know

Once you’ve taken the decision to demolish an existing structure, there is a process that needs to be followed to ensure the correct permission is granted and all health and safety legislation has been followed. A demolition specialist can help advise on what is (and isn’t) required, as well as timelines, and permissions for what you intend to use the land for after. Once all the paperwork is taken care of, they’ll bring in a team of people to carry out the demolition safely.

Costs for demolition

Costs vary depending on a number of factors, with £60-80 per square metre as a starting point. Demolishing semi-detached or terraced houses will incur additional costs as the adjoining properties will need structural support work after demolition. Ease of access and the volume of waste / hazardous waste disposal required will also affect the costs.

Renovating vs. demolition: some considerations

Considerations for demolition

  • Building a brand new home is subject to a zero percent VAT rate. That means demolishing a building and starting from scratch can often be cheaper than building on top of the existing shell of a property (which is subject to VAT). This will typically depend on the amount of work required on what’s left of the existing property.
  • Building from the foundations up means you’re in full control. This gives you peace of mind that everything’s been built securely and you’re not relying on the integrity of old walls.

Considerations for renovation

  • There may be parts of the existing building that have features you’d like to work into your newly designed home. It’s a popular technique on TV shows like Grand Designs, and can help give your new home real character, while preserving some of the heritage of the existing site.
  • Depending on exactly how much of the property could be saved, and your plans for the future size of the property (of which there are likely to be restrictions), it may be more cost effective to work with existing walls and structures.<
  • Making alterations to an existing building can be much easier to get planning permission for. While demolition itself doesn’t often need planning permission, the details may need to be agreed with the local council, and a prior approval application will be needed for the new home you plan to build.

Guidance on planning policies

Planning policies will vary depending on where you are in the UK, but generally speaking, planning permission will be granted if you intend to replace an existing structure. It’s important to get planning permission before the demolition of the existing structure – if you remove the existing building, technically there’s nothing to replace, and your case for planning permission becomes weaker.

Whichever option you pursue, and wherever your plot is situated, planning policy is likely to have some of the same considerations such as:

  • whether the building of the new property is in keeping with the character of the immediate area
  • the size of the new property and/or its location
  • services and amenities to neighbouring properties not being adversely affected.

There are the usual caveats here about listed properties or homes in national parks or conservation areas. For further details, check out the Planning Portal website.

Questions to ask a demolition specialist

  • What are the pros and cons of demolition specific to your property?
  • What advice would they offer regarding planning permission and demolition consent, and to what extent will they help you through this process?
  • How long do they expect demolition to take?
  • Can they break down the costs between demolition and waste disposal?
  • What complications do they foresee and are there any cost implications?
  • Will you be able to reuse the existing amenities into the building for your new property?

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