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My name is Carl James, I’m a fully insured Painter and decorator who has over 16 years experience. I cover all aspects of painting and decorating, including external work and commercial properties. I offer free, no obligation quotes and affordable prices. Covering South Wales and South West England.

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Reviewed by Antonia on 13/2/2021

Reliable, tidy and stuck to times. Nothing was too much, even a last minute colour change which added more drying time, didn’t change his original quote. Would recommend and having him back for other jobs:

Combat property maintenance is a external property painting bussiness based in Cardiff South Wales. With attention to detail to make your home look beautiful. The masonry paints we use are Johnstons trade. Weather storm & pliolite. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we only stride for a 5 star rating on every job we undertake. We will never stop till our customers are completely satisfied. With over 40 years experience between us. We, guarantee a beautiful job done. (Reviews available on page) Many thanks & best of wishes Duane I would also like to make you aware of x2 bad reviews I have on my profile. There are 67- 5star reviews and growing with x2 bad reviews. Reason being for them bad reviews are. The both property’s only have facia Boards? and no soffits boards placed in the area of concern with the painting. A major advantage for having soffit boards on your property, is to protect your property walls from a constant water effects from the bad weather,us brits get. I have explained this to both reviews and they believe differently. They assume I used poor quality paints, which isn’t the case. I only use the best quality paints and products. I use only the best products from the best Decorating centres in the Cardiff area. And I get pliolite high resin solvent based masonry from London. As you can see I strive for a 5star review on every job we undertake. I will not take on the job , if Future customers do not have the correct soffits & facias Boards in place. Thank you for reading and hope your having a great day.

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Reviewed by Richard on 17/3/2021

The best tradespersons I’ve hired Duane quoted for the job quickly, showed from the beginning he had confidence in his knowledge and standard of work. Duane and his partner got straight to work without fuss. Our house had some notable imperfections which Duane and his partner had little hesitancy in sorting for us when asked and made it feel like it was no issue whatsoever. The work was finished a day earlier than planned and the end product was brill just as they promised. Cannot praise them enough.

We are a family run business that has been trading for over 20 years, we cover all aspects of painting and decorating including wallpapering, residential, private and commercial works, we pride ourselves on taking pride in our work and completing specifications to a high standard. We aim always to be punctual and to serve our clients with a friendly and can do attitude.

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Reviewed by Hassan on 28/7/2020

Rob has been very professional from first day, viewed and inspected the property straight away, provided a competitive quote and completed the job with high quality with his team. Recommended

WK CONTRACTING LTD undertake all aspects of building work from plastering a single ceiling or wall to a full house renovation. We also offer home refurbishment, rendering, new build, renovation and home extension work which can include joinery, plumbing and electrics alongside our high quality plastering and finishing service. 

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Reviewed by Sarah on 12/4/2021

Not only did Krystian call back quickly in response to my advert, he also send out a guy to quote for the job when he said he would. Communication was great. The work was done within budget and on time and he even did extra work as well. The work was excellent, both Krystian and his mate turned up on time every day and worked hard to get the external wall removed. The site was cleaned up at the end of the day. I now have a wonderful open plan kitchen/conservatory and won't hesitate to recommend these guys:)

Hello, we are on this site for the first time, but do not lack experience. Trust our services, we will not disappoint you !!

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Reviewed by Damian on 29/1/2021

Very pleasant to work with and a good outcome achieved despite being a bad time of year for this type of task in the wet and extreme cold. Recommended and will use again.

DC Works has over 20 years experience in Construction. Services include: Painting, Decorating, Plastering, Carpentry, etc. DC Works offers a fast, efficient and effective service. No job too big or small.

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Reviewed by Andy on 10/2/2021

Derek has done an amazing job, kept to his promise of arriving at 9.30am, he started last Saturday, resume on Monday, as a skilled plasterer, put right two areas of internal ceilings, upon leaving he tidied up and left the areas clean

Hi My name is David, we are builders and we want to help you to make your dream come true.

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Reviewed by Adam on 15/10/2020

Hard working team, quality rebuild of our garden wall. Really pleased.

ML property maintenance we cover all expects turfing fencing patios block paving path’s and driveways artificial lawns re-pointing of brickwork paving stone grinding gravel raised beds pressure washing also we offer a wide range of roofing services Quality workmanship to the Highest standard

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Reviewed by Ian on 13/4/2021

Apart from issues outside Mark's control, everything was completed to my satisfaction.

Professional , friendly and thorough of customers needs . All types of property works covered with many skilled tradesmen . All works bespoke to requirement .

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Reviewed by C on 1/6/2020

Tom did not do the job but the tradesman he sent was very good. Would like to have known that in advance.

Welcome to Ross Property repair a family run business with 18 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 Ross property repair 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 Barbara on 27/3/2021

William Ross and his team repaired or replaced all the wooden fencing on one side of our garden. They came promptly to assess the job and gave me a clear detailed quote. On the day of the job, they worked quickly and did an excellent job, leaving a beautifully aligned fence. I wanted to paint the fence panels before they were installed as there are a lot of bushes on one side. They worked around me, fitting the panels as I finished painting them. Excellent workmanship. Very pleased I chose this company.

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External Wall Painting specialists - what you need to know

Looking for a quick and affordable way of refreshing your house’s exterior?  A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in revitalising your house’s appearance, improving curb appeal and adding value to your home.

Whilst painting may seem like a DIY task, exterior walls can be tricky. Not only is it difficult to do a thorough job without the use of scaffolding, the walls will also need a lot of expert preparation to achieve a neat and long-lasting finish.   

External painting is best undertaken during the summer months so that paint can dry quicker and to avoid moisture penetrating the walls.

Which paint is suitable for my property?

Exterior wall paint doesn’t come in one size to fit all. The type of paint suitable for your property will depend on the age of your house, wall surface type, and whether it’s been painted before.

Houses with cavity walls

Newer houses built after 1920 usually have cavity walls. Cavity walls can be painted with standard water-based masonry paint, mineral-based paint or eco paint.

Standard water-based paints are the most affordable option and are suitable for houses with walls that are in good, dry condition. Mineral-based paints are more expensive but contain a binder that creates a long-lasting finish. Eco paints are best for the environment and have very low or zero volume of volatile organic compounds.

Good quality paint should be weatherproof and contain a fungicide to prevent the growth of algae, moss and mould.

Houses with solid walls

Older properties built pre-1920s often have solid walls which should only be painted with a high quality breathable paint like Dulux Weathershield or Sandtex to prevent damp getting trapped in the walls.

If your house has lime rendered walls it’s advisable to stick with a breathable limewash only.

A professional painter and decorator will be able to guide you through which paint or finish is most suited to your property type.

Benefits of painting your house’s external walls

As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits, a new layer of paint will also help to protect your walls from the elements. This improves their longevity and reduces the need for repairs later down the line.

Will scaffolding be required? 

Painting the exterior of a house is a time-consuming job, and not one that should be attempted using a ladder only. If full scaffolding is required, it can significantly bump up the price of the job.  However, many painters and decorators now use lightweight access towers that can be set up very quickly, eliminating the need for scaffolding.

Ask your painter what access equipment they plan to use and whether they have included the cost of this in their quote.

What’s involved in the job?

Depending on the size of your property, the weather, and the condition of your walls, external wall painting usually takes 2 to 4 days to complete.

See below a brief outline of the steps your painter will take to complete your job.

  1. Set up access equipment.
  2. Remove flaking paint.
  3. Brush dirt off the walls.
  4. Wash dirt, mould, moss or algae from walls.
  5. Make any necessary repairs.
  6. Allow the walls to dry.
  7. Apply a stabilising primer.
  8. Apply first coat of paint and allow to dry.
  9. Apply second coat of paint and allow to dry.
  10. Apply any further coats necessary.
  11. Remove access equipment.

Cost of external wall painting

The average cost of having all external walls painted on a semi-detached house usually falls somewhere between £900 and £1500. 

The price will be dependent on factors including:

  • Size and type of property.
  • Condition of the walls/whether any repair work is needed.
  • Whether the price of scaffolding is included in the quote.
  • Number of coats required.
  • Type of paint being used.
  • Surface being painted (pebble dash is more expensive).
  • Your location.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Although no formal qualifications are required to be a painter and decorator, there are certificates and courses that can be taken that show a commitment to providing a high standard of service. These include the Painting and Decorating Diploma, levels 1 to 3 and short courses offered by product manufacturers.

Check with your tradesperson if they have any trade qualifications and whether they’re members of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).

Members of the PDA must stick to a code of practice that demonstrates commitment to professional, quality workmanship and fair practice.

Planning permission for external wall painting

There’s no need to apply for planning permission when painting the exterior of your house.  However, if you live in a listed building you’ll need to apply for listed building consent.

Insurance for external wall painters

It’s very important that your tradesperson has public liability insurance at minimum.  Although unlikely, if there were to be any accidental damage to your house whilst the work was being carried out, public liability insurance would pay for the damage.

Questions you should ask your external wall painter

  • Will full scaffolding be used and is this included in the quote?
  • Do they have any trade qualifications?
  • Are they members of the PDA?
  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • What type and brand of paint will be used?
  • Is the work guaranteed and if so what are the terms of the guarantee?

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