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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!

A & E Maintenance Tree services provides a whole range of tree services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge. Fully qualified and insured to tackle the most demanding forestry jobs as well as everyday garden maintenance work.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by John on 20/5/2018

Communication was good. Cut the hedge down and removed from site. Very pleasant chap.

We are a friendly family run business of 3 generation's We offer a complete building service with all of our trades men in house. we have completed some major restorations such as Vermont hotel 108 bathrooms county hotel full conversion many extensions and house builds also maintenance for landlords and home owners give us a try and hope to see you soon.

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

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Reviewed by Peter on 20/5/2018

Spot on. Came to give an estimate which was reasonable and started soon after. Punctual, polite and all work completed to time. Also tidied up after - thank you.

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.

Pro landscapes offer a wide range of services at a professional level. We ensure to always keep our customers smiling with quality materials, professionalism and paying great attention to detail on every project. We specialise in fencing, turfing, patios, property maintenance, hedge cutting, retaining walls, shed bases and much more. We believe great customer service and care is essential and strive to meet all customer expectations, needs and demands.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Natasha on 20/5/2018

Having had numerous people out to quote, I got an instant vibe from Ross that he knew what he was talking about and understood my requirements, even suggesting ideas to bring it to life. He and his team have transformed my garden. I now have a lovely deck area and new flat level lawn! Perfect. I am more than happy to recommend Pro Landscapes. Fantastic job.

I have 15 years experience of gardening any kinda gardening land scaping tree surgery turfing ext and I can make your garden look amazing and I am sure you would be happy with our work and services

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Irrum on 20/5/2018

The only reason I don’t give five stars for promptness is because they had to deal with a flat tyre. Apart from that, they were fast, friendly and very good at tidying up after themselves. I’ll use them again.

Hi I am Brian. I am a friendly professional workman. I am a qualified domestic electrical installer. I’ll also deal with other handyman work. So please ask for a quote. I am happy to answer any questions.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Electric underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Paul on 20/5/2018

Brian and Luiz were excellent in replacing my old outside lights with modern sensor lights and also installing an outside power point, I found them to be hardworking and just generally nice blokes, from the moment I contacted them they kept me informed, helping me to choose the lights and even showing me the receipt. I would not hesitate in recommending both these chaps and would definitely use again.

Marshall's Property Solutions are a friendly company with many skilled tradesmen that can cover a wide range of services from property maintenance to extensions and conversions. Our reputation is built on recommendation.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Kevin on 20/5/2018

Come and had a look at what we wanted Said would take 5 days to give a quote but never got back in touch despite several phone call to him Shame really

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Garden Shed / Playhouse specialists - what you need to know

Garden sheds come in a range of shapes and sizes and are increasingly used for a variety of different purposes, from storing tools and garden furniture, to providing spaces to work in or relax. Garden sheds are usually made from wood, plastic, or metal and, unless you’re after something bespoke, most sheds will come pre-built, requiring you or a tradesperson to assemble it. In most cases, a gardener, a handyman, or a builder will be able to do the job for you. 

Costs for installing or building your garden shed

The costs of the shed itself will vary greatly on what your shed is made from and its size. Most pre-built sheds will take 1-2 days to build, with costs likely to start from £200, though this will vary based on where you live. Costs can increase if you need an area cleared to make room for the shed, are opting for a concrete base or need the ground levelled before the shed can be built.

If you’re looking to add electricity, heating, lighting and furniture, this will add to the complexity of the project and you may want to research specialist shed builders who can build you something bespoke. 

Choosing the right shed

This will depend upon a number of things including:

  • Your budget.
  • The value of the items you’ll keep in the shed.
  • Your intended use of the shed.
  • Any design considerations you have relating to your house or garden.

Before you decide on the type of shed, it’s important to think about how you’ll use it. Will your shed be used to sit and relax in, to work in, or as a home for your lawnmower and other garden tools.  

Wooden sheds are usually made from softwoods like pine and cedar. Pine has a greater susceptibility to rot than cedar but is also cheaper and more widely available. It’s a good idea to treat your shed before construction and then repeat the treatment each year. This will help to keep it weather-proof. Alternatively you could look at pre-treated or pressure-treated sheds. The latter has preservative forced into the timber, resulting in almost no maintenance being required at all.

Plastic sheds tend to be cheaper than wooden sheds. They’re lighter, won’t rot or burn, and are often simpler to construct. On the downside, because of its plastic construction, the hinges for the doors and locks will likely be plastic meaning security can be a concern, and you may have limits on the amount you can hang on the walls. You’ll also want to think about how your new shed will look in situ – plastic sheds often struggle for style points.

Metal sheds are made to last (but beware the cheap, thin metal sheds which corrode quickly). They’re low maintenance as the metal is galvanised, making them weather proof. They’re also heavy, meaning they’re robust and can be made very secure, but this means they can be trickier to put up, with the panels of the shed weighing significantly more than other alternatives.

Whichever option you choose, a solid base is vital to ensure your shed is able to withstand the rigours of daily use (removing tools and equipment from a shed will test how well built your shed is) and bad weather. Ask your tradesperson before they quote about whether any clearance is needed, how they plan to create a solid base for the shed and whether there’s any work required to level off the ground.

There are no specific qualifications that a tradesperson will need to build a shed. It’s always advisable to see proof of similar projects they’ve been done for other homeowners.   

Planning permission for building a garden shed

You shouldn’t need planning permission to build a shed if:

  • Your shed is only being used for domestic purposes.
  • Your shed has a maximum height of 4 metres.
  • The ground area covered by your shed is less than 50% of the total ground space of your home.

For all the latest planning permission advice and for all the qualifying criteria, visit the Planning Portal.

Insurance for electrical work

Whichever tradesperson you choose to build your shed, they should have public liability insurance. This isn't a requirement but gives you peace of mind should there be any property damage or personal injury claims as a result of the work.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • What kind of jobs do they tend to do the most? Can they give you references for previous work?
  • Will it be themselves that build the shed? If a concrete base is needed, or if you’d like electricity in your shed, will they be doing this work themselves or working with other tradespeople?

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  2. Get quotes

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