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I take on all aspects of plastering, boarding and building work. I treat you and your property how I'd want mine to be treated. protection applied to work areas. I charge a fair rate and don't do unnecessary or made up work. Non-smoker 20 yrs plasterer

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Sandie on 20/5/2018

Highly recommended. Responsive, professional, does a really good job and is a pleasure to have around. Will definitely be asking Jim back for any and all future plastering jobs!

We are a small company based in North Bucks, providing a friendly service and taking pride in every project however big or small.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by Caroline on 20/5/2018

Lee did a great job with our garden. We are very pleased. There were a few extra items Lee was happy to help with throughout the process. You can tell he takes great pride in his work.

We have been trading for ten years now. All aspects of electrical works are carried out from houses to offices.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, External lighting, External wall painting, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Phanella on 20/5/2018

Richard is a lovely guy and he did a great job!

Marvellous Decoration undertakes all aspects of internal and external decorating. From appropriate preparation to a meticulous finish, a professional approach at all times.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Internal Painting & Decorating, Wall murals / Paint effects

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Reviewed by Helen on 20/5/2018

Louise put wallpaper up in two rooms. She did a great job. They look perfect, she was a very reasonable price, reliable and very tidy.

HI,OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE,FARTHER & SON.TOTAL PROFESSIONALS.E&M ROOFING.FLAT ROOFS ALWAYS HAVE 3 LAYERS.WHAT WE DONT KNOW ABOUT ROOFING ISNT WORTH KNOWING.THANKS.WE DO NOT WORK ON EMPTY PROPERTIES.OUR CUSTORMERS MUST BE LIVING IN THE PROPERTY.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Ayaz on 20/5/2018

Brilliant father and son team. Did a great job on fixing my guttering and at a reasonable rate. Recommend.

FOG Group offers a full range of construction services. We take pride in offering competitive services at competitive prices. Services ranging from Groundworks to full house refurbishment or home maintenance .

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Catherine on 20/5/2018

Quote was very reasonable, was able to do the job on the spot, really pleased with the outcome, would use again.

I am a time served painter and decorator and have been in the trade now for 13 years. I undertake all areas of painting and decorating interior and exterior, paper hanging and ames taping. I'm happy to help with any questions about jobs and can work late or out with normal hours to finish jobs if needed. I can supply materials if needed. Have own transport and hold a valid gold cscs health and safety card.

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Internal Painting & Decorating, Wall murals / Paint effects

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Reviewed by Peter on 20/5/2018

Really pleased with the work. Would highly recommend

Hello, we are old in construction business ,but new here.We like to make all our clients a family friends doing good works on a reasonable prices, our client know every time what his paying for, no hide interests, no tricks.Kind Regards, R&I Construction

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by seyi on 20/5/2018

Great guy.iulian is very knowledgeable and punctual as well.He did a fantastic job in changing the floor tiles and the wood underneath in my bathroom.He explained what I needed in details and was able to complete the job on time. I will definitely recommend him.

Qualified construction tutor in Painting & Decorating and I cover interior and exterior work. Projects I’ve worked on are shopping malls, football stadiums, celebrity houses, social housing. Feedback on my builder site is 100% see photos on there

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Internal Painting & Decorating, Wall murals / Paint effects

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Reviewed by James on 19/5/2018

Great guy, he did a fantastic job. All work carried out to a high standard. Very tidy and courteous. I would definitely recommend Andy!

Trades serviced: Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Internal Painting & Decorating, Plaster Skimming

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Reviewed by Shane on 19/5/2018

Would recommend , great Job Thanks Rob

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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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