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Experienced and a qualified builders based in sheffield area. We cover the whole of yorkshire  With over 9 years experience in the trade we pride ourselves on perfection & 5 STAR quality. We have the skills, knowledge and creativity to solve your site specific problems.  References available.   Please get in touch for a great reliable and professional service.

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Reviewed by Carl on 18/7/2018

Superb! Andrea made himself available at short notice, was polite, kept to his quotation and completed the work to an exceptionally high standard. Couldn't be happier and highly recommend.

Aston

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Andrew on 17/7/2018

turned up on time did a great job would use again very polite

Very reliable and very reasonable locksmith covering a wide area 24/7 Currently supplying and fitting abs cylinder locks which are anti drill anti pick and anti snap .

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Reviewed by d on 16/7/2018

Matt responded to my ad within 5 mins of posting the ad . after chatting to him he arrived the next day and did a fantastic job fitting a lock on my door . price was good and his manner was very good . can't fault him at all .

We take every job no matter big or small...indoors or outdoors.We are in a very fast growing moment and that`s thanks to all our satisfied clients and costumers and more then 10 years of experience all over Europe.Good organisation it is always the key

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Reviewed by Shirley on 16/7/2018

Waited a while to leave feedback as a patio and turf laying need time to establish. Good job done I would recommend

Here at J.Wilson Carpentry & Maintenance we cover a wide variety of 1st & 2nd fix carpentry along with general building maintenance to a very high standard. Our prices are very competitive and also offer free quotations. We are all time served, trusted and reliable tradesmen and we can offer every trade to meet your requirements. We looking foward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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Reviewed by Peter on 14/7/2018

A very conscience & meticulous worker, taking a pride in his work to a very high standard. All his employees are polite and friendly and work to the same high standard. Have already asked him to quote for other work I need doing. Looking forward to having him work for me again. Can't rate him higher!

KMC Joinery

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hi my name is kevin a joiner who lives in liverpool,ive been working in the construction trade since i left school 16 years ago,and feel i have a vast amount of knowledge in all aspects of joinery work from small to large projects.i am reliable and honest

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Reviewed by Lihong on 14/7/2018

Quality on time delivery. The price seemed a bit very high.

At General Maintenance Solutions we offer a full professional property maintenance service including tiling, kitchen fitting, repairs, flat pack assembly, general diy jobs, garden clearance's, decking and fencing along with various other services.

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Reviewed by Scott on 13/7/2018

Micheal turned up gave me a competitive quote after I accepted it he came up with a start date and completion date which he stuck too as for the work which he carried it out was of a high standard and I would use his services again not a problem

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Reviewed by Kajal on 13/7/2018

Well done

Dorian

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

Fast and reliable services allways to high standards

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Reviewed by Ian on 12/7/2018

Superb. Dorian and his assistant did a superb job in clearing and tidying a garden that had been badly neglected. The job was very thorough and the guys were very friendly. Recommended.

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Reviewed by Lu on 12/7/2018

Alastair has been very helpful.

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Emergency / 24 hour locksmith specialists - what you need to know

If you’re unfortunate enough to lock yourself out of your home (or need to repair a faulty or temperamental lock), then you’ll need the services of an emergency or 24-hour locksmith. Your knight in shining armour, they’ll arrive and rescue you or secure your home – depending on the jam you find yourself in. 

Locksmiths don’t just fix broken locks or cut new keys. They deal with all things security-related, from high-tech digital access systems and burglar alarms, to more traditional deadbolts and doorknobs – ensuring all bases are covered.

You might be tempted to do this kind of work yourself. But if locks are ill-fitted, you risk your security (as well as potentially invalidating your home and contents insurance). Find a professional locksmith, and they’ll be able to advise you on (and properly fit) the most appropriate locks for your house.

Cost of emergency locksmith services

An emergency locksmith should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cost of hiring them will vary depending on the time of day and scope of the job.

Typical fees, labour only, are:

  • Replace a budget lock: £100-£150+
  • Replace an advanced anti-snap lock: £125-£175+
  • Lost keys or remove a broken key (no new lock required): £50-£150+

Locksmith prices – what affects the quote? 

Your locksmith may charge more (or less) depending on:

  • The size of the job. Many locksmiths charge an hourly rate, so changing one lock at your property could take an hour. Multiple changes, not surprisingly, can take several hours.
  • Additional parts. Any parts that are required will also affect your quote. This is often necessary if you have a snapped lock or cylinder, or if a lock can’t be repaired. The specific lock needed will depend on what type of door you have (and, potentially, on your insurance policy).
  • Call-out fees and 24-hour service charges. Emergency locksmiths are likely to charge a different fee for more inconvenient hours, usually between 6pm and 8am. They may include a call-out fee too.

While there are lots of variables when it comes to the cost of hiring an emergency locksmith, they should be able to accurately quote for the work upfront.

How to choose your locksmith

Here are some credentials to help you decide which locksmith is right for you.

  • Specialists in the work you need. Some locksmiths may have extensive experience in alarm systems, while others will focus on replacing and repairing locks. There are also auto locksmiths who can help if you’re having problems with your car’s security.
  • Emergency or 24-hour services. If the nature of your job is urgent, this is a must.
  • An accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association. MLA-accredited locksmiths must undergo comprehensive inspections, so you can trust their expertise.
  • Warranty. Some locksmiths will offer a warranty on their work – it’s worth enquiring about this when your professional provides a quote.

The qualifications your locksmith needs

There are currently no legal regulations in the industry, meaning a locksmith doesn’t need a licence or qualifications. However, many locksmiths choose to gain training or accreditation through recognised bodies such as the MLA.

While MLA membership is a good indicator of a locksmith being well-established and reputable, it’s equally important to consider the experience they have built up.

Planning permission for locksmith jobs

You won’t require planning permission to change your locks, but you may require it when making more significant changes to your home (like replacing doors or windows).

Insurance for locksmith work

While a locksmith doesn’t require any legal insurance, a reputable tradesperson will have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage.

You’ll also need to review your home insurance documents, which will determine what type of locks and security measures are necessary for your policy.

Questions you should ask your locksmith

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have plenty of relevant experience?
  • Can they provide a warranty on their work?
  • Can they provide other services such as burglar alarms, and auto security?

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