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Reviewed by Jade on 16/8/2018

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I am hard working and reliable, I have been in the business 18 years and my work is second to none. I pride myself on my excellent workmanship and being able to give my customers the best possible price. I guarantee all my damp proofing work. I will come out at a time to suit you for a free no obligation quote.

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Reviewed by James on 16/8/2018

On time, clean, efficient, polite, quality workmanship and all round great service! Would certainly use again and recommend. Thanks!

Welcome to Ross Property care a family run business with 16 years experience in property repairs & maintenance our professional, efficient and reliable handymen are just one call away to fix all your “to do” list with no hassle involved. Ross Property care is the best solution for all your property maintenance needs, no matter how small or how big the job is. We serve both commercial and residential customers in Edinburgh, Lothian and Scottish Borders area. By choosing RPC you have guaranteed: ? job done at the highest standards on every visit ? agreed appoitments and timing followed ? no mess left behind when job is done ? no extras and hidden charges ? you pay just for work done . We pride ourselves on the high standards out work is finished to . First class workmanship at affordable prices . Below I have listed some of the services we offer - letting agent and land lord services -rot and mould -mastic and silicone replacement - handyman services -All aspects of joinery work - tilling -wet wall panelling - painting and decorating - small plumbing jobs - laminate flooring , carpets ,linoleum ELECTRICAL - new sockets or extra sockets - new light fittings - fit cookers - exterior garden sockets EXTERIOR - Decking -slabbing - build Huts - fencing - build small walls - gutter repairs and cleaning - slate repairs - flat roof repairs SMALL JOBS - plasterboard repairs - new toilet seats - new door handles - shelving - cleaning services on request - and all aspects of gardening - FULLY INSURED - and much more to much to list ANY JOB BiG OR SMALL WE DO IT ALL

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Reviewed by Catherine on 16/8/2018

William arrived on time, completed the job to my specifications, cleaned up as he went along, and even did a few extras for me. Excellent work. I'm pleased and I would use him again. Thank you.

THE PROFESSIONAL ALTERNATIVE TO DOING IT YOURSELF Professional and skilled multi-tradesman over 15 years experience. Passion for garden design. Excellent eye for detail, perfectionist, very neat, clean & tidy. Full crb checked, refs available on request.

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Reviewed by Aidan on 16/8/2018

Very good service, fair price.

I have been self- employed since 2009. I mostly do whole bathroom design and refurbishments. I also have a plasterer and electrician available to help complete any jobs. I do maintenance on all pipe work apart from gas pipes as am not gas safe registered.

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Reviewed by Nick on 16/8/2018

Really disappointed

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Reviewed by Corinne on 15/8/2018

A fantastic team you won’t be able to beat. Rad and his team renovated our bathroom. The work was top quality with superb attention to detail, completed within a tight schedule. I was also grateful that the house was kept immaculate despite the amount of demo and other work they were doing. Every stage was excellently managed and the results are outstanding. Rad’s team are also pleasant and reliable people to have around. No mess and no stress. Don’t look further - this is your team!

I'm a loyal hard honest worker, I take pride in my job, I've been doing this fencing,Slabing and garden maintenance since I was 16yrs old with my dad brothers. I give a fair price for today's economy and plz feel free to look at my ratings .Mick .

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Reviewed by Neil on 15/8/2018

Fantastic job. Very pleased with the work. Quick and proffesional. Genuinely nice guy who knows his trade. Would definitely recommend

family run bussines myself Kenny maccallum and two sons 34 yrs experience working self employed and contract work for other firms just finished working as general foreman and project management for past four years back working for myself fairtrades reg

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Reviewed by Sara on 15/8/2018

These guys were really good to deal with. Although we didn't end up using them (for reasons totally unrelated to their expertise/reliability/value for money - problems at our end, totally outwith their control), they were extremely professional, punctual, easy to interact with and incredibly helpful, and they spotted issues in the drawings which could have caused problems down the line. I would have been happy to use them, had the project gone ahead as planned, and i think others should give them a go.

A joiner by trade but an experienced tradesperson in a number of home related areas including kitchens, bathrooms & maintenance

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Reviewed by David on 14/8/2018

Johnathen did not make the initial date booked to complete the job. However he kept us informed and we agreed for the work to be completed the day after. He has done a marvellous professional job cleaning out gutters and washing them down including 2window frames and down pipe at the back of the property. His costs was reasonable also. He also cleaned up afterwards. I would employ him again. Thank you Jonathan.

All our tradesman have a minimum of 15 years experience and pride ourselves in providing work to extremely high standard.

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Reviewed by paul on 14/8/2018

We wanted a high quality fence installed; old one was rubbish. Matt kept me fully informed before, during and after the job. Slight slip up with a post short, however that was quickly resolved. The fence panels are good quality. Excellent job done, nice straight run fence now, nice and level height too. We couldn't have asked for more and are very happy. It was a pleasure to have Matt and his colleague do the work. Do not hesitate if you are considering Matt.

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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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Demolish a concrete bench

The bench is approx 40cm x 50 cm x 150cm and appears to be solid concrete. We want to have it demolished and the resulting rubbish removed.

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CONCRETE CANOPY

Repair/remove concrete canopy above street door due to ' blistering ' around corroded reinforcement bars.

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I would like a quote for removing my asbestos constructed garage from my back garden and this to be replaced with fencing around the hardstanding. I...

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Quote for removal of ground floor wall between kitchen and dining. Possibly require steel beam.

Remove old lift shaft...

We are an office located in Leith Edinburgh and we are having issues with pigeons roosting in what was an old lift shaft. It is wooden but has been...

remove and dispose of cement...

removal and disposing of cement asbestos double garage roof

Demolish myshed/workroom

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removal od wheel chair ramp

I have a concrete wheel chair ramp out side my front door that I need demolishing. Not sure how thick the concrete is I cannot get a chisel trough...

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