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Reviewed by Raffaele on 25/10/2019

Peter was a very pleasant guy who was meticulous and clearly takes pride in his work. There was no mess or additional cleaning to do once he had finished.

DM Construction's core business is comprehensive refurbishment services. We are a dynamically developing company from Southend on Sea. Thanks to the experience gained, we provide the highest quality renovation and construction services. Our professionally selected team of qualified employees guarantees reliable work performance. DM Construction company in the field of modern interior renovations and exterior refurbishments, helps the investor to choose the right renovation technologies. We hope that our proposals will meet with your interest. Bearing in mind the well-being of our clients, we are always ready to help in the field of technical solutions and we are happy to advise you in case of any questions. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer and use our services. Refurbishments - Maintenance - General Building

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Reviewed by Cherrelle on 4/11/2019

Absolutely amazing job done on redoing my kitchen floor which wasn’t as straight forward as it looked. Really professional and very tidy. Highly recommend them they’re great

I'm a fully qualified plasterer & builder, working on old and new residential properties. We specialise in small & large extensions start to finish, new porches, full garage conversions, new bathroom refit’s and conservatory's. All plastering and building work undertaken. No job too big or small. Always work in the cleanest safest way possible. Top quality assured. Free quotes and advice.

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Reviewed by Alan on 2/3/2019

These two experienced and very knowledgeable craftsman took time at every stage of the work to make sure that the end product was what we wanted. Advice was given on the cheapest way to keep cost down and still maintain the high standard of work. Following the completion of my work these tradesmen have done building work at my daughter’s and also my mother in law’s homes. Very pleased with the work and would certainly recommend them for all types of building work.

We are a complete Building and Decorating services offering all trades and 12 months guarantee on all building work. Are highly skilled team look to give you quality workmanship at a competitive rate.

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Reviewed by Adam on 5/11/2019

Great job at a very reasonable price. Would use Robin again for sure.

Family run business, with thirty years experience in the industry. We are a friendly and reliable service.

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Reviewed by Abi on 4/10/2019

Gavin Jackson phoned and arranged to visit. He was courteous, punctual, and advised me on what's exactly required to prepare the ground for building the garden wall. He went on about his business in a very professional way. He removed 14 conifer stumps and a silver birch tree with minimum damage to the pavement and the surrounding areas. He was honest and reliable and very communicative. I honestly would be more than happy to recommend him to anyone. His workmanship is second to none. Thanks Gavin,

The Business offers a range of Joinery & Small Building Work*Loft Conversions*Decking*Fencing Laminate Flooring*Kitchens fitted*Guttering/Pointing*Doors/Windows fitted*Staircases & Spindles* Painting & Decorating *No Job too big or too Small*

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Reviewed by Andy on 9/11/2019

Spot on job, will use again for other joinery tasks!

I have been in the construction trade my whole life. I love what i do and pride myself on my reputation which makes me go that extra step for every customer i work with. I enjoy making peoples visions and ideas become reality!! I now have over 15 years experience in the trade with lots of happy and repeat customers with jobs ranging from a leaking roof to full conversions and extensions.

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Reviewed by Anup on 2/3/2019

Jason did a fantastic job ripping out the old wardrobes and painting and decorating the room to a high standard.

We specialise in all types of fencing block paving turfing paving all aspects of garden work

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Reviewed by Christabel on 10/11/2019

Nathan did a great job, would highly recommend him

We Are Waste Management Company, That Specialises In Waste Removal. And Demolistion. Holder Of Wamitab. (Moulton College 2002) & C.O.T.C. (Certificate Of Technical Competence.) C.O.S.H.H. (Aware Accredited) Wellingborough Recycling Has Cleared & Removed Waste From Over 2800 House & Gardens For Local Housing Associations To Date. & On Going. House. Office. Garden Clearance. Demolistion. Shed Removal. Outhouse Demolistion. Garage Demolistion. Asbestos Removal. Probate Clearance. Environmental Cleans. Loft. Office. Garage. Appliances Cleared. (WEE) Fridge/Freezers. Confirmatory Notes Supplied For All Refrigeration Removal To Comply With All UK/EU Regulation.. All Above Works Carried Out By Experienced Licensed & Insured Staff. All Staff Will Attended With Appropriate PPI & Photo I.D. At All Times. Public Liability £2’Million Pound. Wamitab Qualified. Upper Tier Waste Carrier Broker. Dealer. Carrier. Registered & Approved Environmental Agency. Consignment Notes. Provided Were Applicable. & Conformity Transfer Tickets. Photos & Testaments. & Trade References On Request. Free Quotes. No Call Out Fee. We Pride Ourselves On Fast Turnaround On Clearance Work, & Were We Hi Achieve On Recycling Waste,,That Allows Us To Reduce Our Tipping Charges, There For Allowing Us To Pass On The Savings To Our Customer,, So Not Only Are You Helping The Environment By Using Our Services,,You Are Also Reducing Your Removal Cost As Well,,So It’s A Win-Win. You Will Often Find Our Quotes Are On Par Or Cheaper Than Skips,,With Out The Burden Of Waiting For Skips To Emptied,Damaging Your Drive Or Being A Nuisance In The Road,,Without Neighbours Filling Them Up ! All Prices Quoted Are Inclusive Of Porterage Fees, And Tipping Fees.

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Reviewed by Susan on 16/9/2019

A fast, reliable service that was a reasonable price. I wanted an old carpet removed from my garden so I posted the job, got a reply, and the job done within an hour!! I'd definitely recommend!!

Sam Davies property maintenance with almost 20 years experience in residential,retail and industrial property maintenance I have a vast range of experience and problem solving . were it shows a lot of trades o my profile I can't do everything as an example I can do repairs on a roof but not replace a roof pitched I can repair or replace a flat roof if I have no experience in a certain area I wont purchase a lead or if I come to quote I would rather tell you if I can't do something than take on something I can't do Sam

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Reviewed by michael on 20/10/2019

put job on site on sunday afternoon and within 5 minutes they phoned and came within 20 mines of call fixed right away. would recommend them and will be asking them to do future jobs .

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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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