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Reviewed by Steve on 28/9/2019

Piotr (Peter) is a fantastic tradesman, his professionalism is to be commended. I have been so impressed with his commitment and hard work to insure the client receives the best results; which my wife and I did. An extremely approachable individual who is brilliant at his chosen profession.

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 Franko on 21/9/2019

“Dawid and team did an excellent doing a floor for me, i used him long time ago, decided to use again as i know hes hardworking, today they finish job for me, thanks again

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

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Reviewed by Yooch on 19/9/2019

Great job on installing two ceiling lights and an external twin socket. Friendly and professional, arrived on time and cleaned up after the jobs were done. Would definitely use for future jobs. Recommended.

With over 25 years experience in the building industry, we offer a variety of carpentry & refurbishment services to the commercial and domestic markets and take pride in our reputation for prompt, professional service and quality workmanship.

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Reviewed by Alexander on 15/3/2019

I was late back from work so Tony did some extra bits around the house, very happy with the doors, have asked him to look at some at pricing some more work around the house.

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 Robert on 11/9/2019

Robin does a great job and his work is excellent and to a very high standard. I'm so happy with the work done that I'm used Robin for another job I would highly recommended Robin and I would hire again.

We at total decorating carry out all aspects of the trade to a hi standard and we give you prompt attention weather it’s a budget of £100 or 12,000 please feel free to get in touch for all your needs regards Colin total decorating

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Reviewed by Susan on 5/7/2019

Colin and crew were very professional and very tidy. They came on time and on the day we agreed and finished on day agreed. Very competitve price and excellent paint job done. Very pleased with the finish. Would highly recommed Total Decorating.

My work is to a high end professional standard and I absolutely believe that preparation and attention to detail is the key to a successful long lasting job. I am a Professional Painter & Decorator based in London mainly specializing in interior residential decorating but also undertake small exteriors and commercial projects. Other work I usually undertake are offices, shops,pubs, new builds, maintenance painting contracts for landlords, letting and management companies.

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Reviewed by Etienne on 9/9/2019

Oleksandr was great! He finished the job when he said he would and managed to do an enormous amount of work for 1 person. The quality of the work was very good and we will certainly ask him again to do more work for us in the future.

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Reviewed by Keren on 22/9/2019

Darren was very quick to quote and started the work the following week. Communication was professional, and he was happy to provide solutions along the way. I will definitely use again!

We are a family run Property Refurbishment company based within Writtle, Essex. Established in 1992 by one of the partners, Martin Hoban. Specialising in Internal and External Finishes and Redecorations. Our aim is to provide a professional and reliable service to our clients.

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Reviewed by Lucy on 28/9/2019

Very happy with the work Martin has done for us. The front of the house looks so much better. Very good correspondence throughout. Would recommend

We are a father and son run painting company, exterior or interior household or commercial we cover all types of painting work aswell as landscaping and garden creation artificial grass and turfing installation, city&guilds in brickwork & pointing.

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Reviewed by MIRIAM on 23/9/2019

Fantastic Freddie. Lovely guy perfect exterior painting.

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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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