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Hi My Name is Daniel I am a professional installer of sectional buildings and log cabins, I have been doing this trade for over 10 years. I am a very clean and tidy worker.

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Reviewed by Pam on 12/11/2018

Excellent workers, on time, didn’t even stop for a lunch break. Well done you two.

I have been completing handman,property/garden maintainance jobs for around 9 years.i have a large list of previous and current happy customers.5* rated on all other job sites.satisfaction garanteed.all work fully insured.works undertaken,general handyman/property maintainance,flatpack assemble,shed/summerhouse assemble.driveway jetwash/maintainance,garden maintainance/clearance and much more.

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Reviewed by linda on 2/11/2018

Lovely gentleman assembled my shed the way it was meant to be, even helped out with few stuff that wasn't in the job description. Will surely call again when needed

SimonMartin is a team of experience carpenters and multi-traders with over 15 years experience in the industry, We specialise in first and second fix carpentry that includes Fitted Kitchens Joinery Staircases Wooden flooring Doors And all other aspects of Carpentry Plus our team possesses skills such as: Loft conversions Extensions Sheds Fencing ant patios Electrical and Plumbing Decorating All our clients were happy with our works done, and we are committed to achieving the best quality by the given deadline and on budget

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Reviewed by Barry on 26/10/2018

Excellent job. Well done. Arrived on time and cleaned up afterwards. Recommended

Hi.I'm a time served joiner in my early 60yrs. I've covered all types of joinery work in my time.experience matters so for a good job and competitive rates in won't let you down.

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Reviewed by Vivien on 14/9/2018

The work done for me by Neil Aitken was excellent. I had trouble from local joiners getting them to look at the job maybe it was too small and not worth their time. Neil came along looked at the job made a few suggestions and within a few weeks the job was done to my great satisfaction.

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 Helen on 20/11/2018

David was great, he completed the job to the quote and pressure from me to finish due to a family obligation! Have a whole host of jobs lined up... going forward. Trusted personable man that completes a job to a great standard. Very happy with his work and would totally recommend him with his competitive rates and focus to achieve customer satisfaction.

low cost,hard working man with tipper truck for all garden waste removal,hardcore and soil removed,general tidying up and all heavy work undertaken.All work is carried out in East Sussex with the customers needs in mind, from start to finish.

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Reviewed by Lee on 6/8/2018

Very polite, clean and quality of work was outstanding. My little girl helped take out the rubbish with them and they gave her £5 from my bill as a thank you. Would highly recommend.

J&S take on a lot of different types of job. And if wee can't do the job we have trade workers who can do it for us.

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Reviewed by Margaret on 26/10/2018

I would recommend J&S handyman services highly, communication was very as regards when they would arrive to complete work and hopefully I shall have them back for some more work soon.

Friendly family run business, creating beautiful gardens. Diploma with the British Academy of Garden Design.

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Reviewed by Tania on 9/11/2018

Very quick, professional and fair price definitely recommend thank you.

Professional trader 16 years experience carpentry & joinery

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Reviewed by lee on 22/10/2018

carried out repair works splicing to windows and doors on a property in preparation for painting works to be carried out. Was efficient and works completed on time.

We provide a very professional service,we cover a very large range of jobs.Please check our previous ratings as we are a 5 STAR company

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Reviewed by Andrew on 20/9/2018

Chris and his team rang on the day to say they would be early. they arrived at the advised time and the removal of the shed was completed in a professional way and all debris was taken away leaving the garden tidy. I would use this Company again.

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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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