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Reviewed by Paul on 25/9/2018

Tim and his team have completed an excellent garden space at a good price. There were some very minor snagging issues, this being a complex job, and the team have returned to complete them in the evenings after having spent time working on other jobs... willing to put the hours in to get the job done. Thanks again.

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Reviewed by Kimberley on 25/9/2018

Good communication, friendly, reasonable.

All house general maintenance: painting, woodwork, plaster, finish, etc.

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Reviewed by Sara on 25/9/2018

Margaret and her son did an absolutely fantastic job of cleaning our two flats and communal area. They both worked tirelessly,efficiently and thoroughly and I was absolutely thrilled with the result. Lovely people. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be using their services again.

We’re a small family run Landscaping and Home improvement company with a growing reputation. Our aim is to provide you, our customer, with a bespoke, friendly and high quality service at all times. So if you’re looking to transform your garden or make improvements to your home then start your journey with us. Whether you already have an idea what you want or you’re looking for some inspiration, don’t worry, we’ll be with you from start to finish on every project to make your vision a reality. Have you been overquoted for a job? Not happy with brash builders? Don’t worry, you’re in safe hands with Larissa James. We want to not only meet your needs, but also change and exceed your expectations of what a dependable builder can be, with a friendly personal approach, trustworthy service, high quality finish and competitive prices. We are new to this site but please feel free look us up.

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Reviewed by Paul on 25/9/2018

Hard working,honest, approachable,good sense of humour,good skill levels and friendly people,wouldn't hesitate to use again. Many thanks Guys

Hitec has not long been established, but has many years experience in garden and home maintenance. We are happy to help anybody in anyway we can no job to big or to small

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Reviewed by Andrej on 25/9/2018

Did a very good job clearing a garden full of thorn bushes. Put new fencing in place and even helped to clear some of neighbours bushes aswell! Good job done. Thanks to Dominic and Wes (and other guy!).

we are a family run business that was established by Fred smith senior in 1978 and today we have a well established list of loyal customers. We pride ourselves on offering a high standard of work at an affordable price as we believe that a well done job is the best advertisement for are business can get. So if it from having your shrubs trimmed to having full re landscape we are a company you can trust.

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Reviewed by David on 25/9/2018

Quoted on evening of day of posting and did job next day. Price good. Will more than likely use again. David,York

We specialise in all aspects of hard landscaping such as patios, driveways, fencing, garden walls, sheds, lawns and garden clearance. We also complete aspects of general building such as extensions, porches, interior and exterior painting

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Reviewed by Dave on 25/9/2018

Did a good job

Hi, my name is Emanuel. We are a great team and we focus on our clients needs. We work good and all our works are good and the clients are satisfied.

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Reviewed by Jamie on 24/9/2018

I cannot thank Emanuel and his team enough for the fantastic work they have done at my house. I tasked them to provide a series of services to my back garden including fence & decking construction and artificial lawn installation. The guys worked tirelessly to complete over a matter of days. Price was agreed and Emanuel and the team started the next day. Extremely efficient! My wife and I are really happy with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending ‘Constructions Experts’.

We are a well run family company and we offer our services with a smile we do landscaping tree surgeon and we do all small medium big garden we can take on any job we have been known for 15 years and we can give you a great job so pls feel free to hire our freindly company We also take away all waste with our jobs and leave gardens looking great

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Reviewed by Andrea on 24/9/2018

The team that came to my house were excellent. Paul, Curtis and Dominic were punctual, courteous and very respectful of my home. It was a wet day, and they took the time to spread plastic sheeting on the floor to prevent tracking mud and debris through the house and they cleared the wildly overgrown garden. They worked fast and were pretty thorough. They weren't the cheapest quote, but their universally high ratings on this site swung the vote for me. I would recommend them, and would use them again.

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, we know how to deliver work that looks good and lasts. We work on properties of all shapes and sizes, commercial and domestic, turning your dreams into a reality.

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Reviewed by Samantha on 24/9/2018

George was very efficient at installing soundproofing in the party wall. The noise from next door has now greatly reduced! George worked quickly & left the rooms clean & tidy at the end of the job. We’ll definitely be using George again for future jobs.

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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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