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Small building company in South Essex

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Matt on 21/2/2018

Gavin was amazing, spent half a day putting the door on, he had his van broken into the week before and his tools were taken instead of cancelling he still turned up and completed the job by hand. Don’t have anything negative to say thanks Gavin

We are a family run business with lots of experience no job is too big or too small many thanks onestop team

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Gemma on 21/2/2018

Thank you Billy and co,

Home exterior improvements

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction

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Reviewed by Warren on 21/2/2018

Josh and the team have completed a patio and path for us and we’re very pleased with the quality of their work. Their quote was very competitive and their work ethic to complete the job in the timeframe is commendable. Nothing was too much trouble and we were given very good advice about plans and materials. I would recommend Buildscape to anyone looking for both competitive prices and very good standard of workmanship.

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 Julie on 21/2/2018

Andy turned up when he said he would. Feature wall of which wallpapered looks fantastic and the walls, ceiling, alcove and door frame all done to my expectations. I supplied all material and Andy got on with what I requested to be done. I would recommend and use again. Thank you.

New to rated people, looking to expand our business. Paintdec is a family run business, with over 30 years experience. We carry out all aspects of painting and decorating, internal and external.

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

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Reviewed by Leon on 21/2/2018

quality was not as requested or promised..

This is a family business with 14 years of experience in multi trade. There's no job to big no job to small and we treat our cutomers homes like our own.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by david on 21/2/2018

He quoted when he said he would, stuck to the price, extra work was agreed with a price on a text message and his work was good. He tidied up as he went along and was courteous at all times. I'll be asking him to quote for my next project.

The one stop company for all your needs

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Patricia on 21/2/2018

Scott was very helpful and completed the job to a high standard.

Elliott's painting and decorating has been established since 1994 we undertake all aspects of painting and decorating interior, exterior, commercial and domestic. We are based in bedfordshire and are city and guilds trained decorators. we cover a wide working area from Milton Keynes to London. as you can see from our photo gallery Elliotts prides ourselves on a very high specification finish on all of our projects and being the best at what we do. We are very clean tidy and reliable decorators and treat our customers properties with the highest respect, we look forward to hearing from you assuring you of our best attention at all times. Regards Sean Elliott

Trades serviced: Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Internal Painting & Decorating

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Reviewed by Pippa on 21/2/2018

My husband and I was highly impressed with Sean. Our job was to decorate the largish living room and bedroom, which included all the woodwork. He was very efficient: finishing in the time frame predicted. His work is of an excellent standard and he was extremely professional yet friendly. I very much trusted him in the house and was pleased when he hung pictures and hooks back after finishing. I would highly recommend Elliott's Premier Painting and Decorating to my friends and family.

Family cleaning service business. Hello We have 4 years experience in the cleaning industry + Cleaner -domestic Public lability cover.And many happy clients. I use Rated People from very short time but ifs you give me a chance to do your job we warranty you excellent results.Let us help you with your house cleaning we do all tips of cleaning house/flat,oven,carpet/upholstery cleaning and many other.You get excellent value for your money with our service. We use professional product for excellent service results. We do also and painting work. References available if you require from previous clients. This is family business we cleaning in details for excellent cleaning services.

Trades serviced: Carpet Cleaning, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Door / Window painting, End of tenancy cleaning

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Reviewed by Abi on 21/2/2018

Excellent thorough and highly professional cleaning service

Established 10 years ago our team of professional painters/decorators based in London has proven our quality of workmanship and competitive prices to the public. All work is carried out with the customers needs in mind and to the highest standards.

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

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Reviewed by Sam on 21/2/2018

Andrew was good and very clean worker

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Painters and decorators - what you need to know

Painting and decorating sometimes feels like the kind of job most people can tackle themselves, and many people do. If you’ve got the tools, the patience, and attention to detail then it can be very rewarding to give it a whirl.

What a painter and decorator can help with

  • Applying coats of paint (primer and undercoat), to the inside or the exterior of your home.
  • Hanging wallpaper.
  • Adding special finishes like glazes or marbling.
  • They’ll work out how much paint is needed for the size of the walls.
  • Stripping off old wallpaper or layers of paint.
  • Filling holes and cracks and making sure surfaces are level
  • Mixing paint to the right shade, often using computerised colour-matching equipment.
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However, if you go with a professional, there are lots of advantages. First off, you’ll get someone who can do it in record time – so why waste a weekend when you can leave a pro to take care of it while you’re at work.

Painters and decorators will also have a full range of tools to get the job done. It’s not just brushes and paint tins – they’ll have:

  • Plastic and fabric to protect floors.
  • A full range of brushes, rollers and sprays.
  • Wallpaper strippers.
  • Masking tape so their lines are perfect.
  • Large A-frame ladders or scaffolding for high ceilings.

They’re also well versed in calculating exactly how much paint they’ll need to complete the job, so there’s no excess spending on tins, and definitely no last-minute dashes to the shops.

When decorating bathrooms, a pro will know the best materials to use that won’t be too affected by damp or water.

A quality tradesperson will even be able to help you pick colours, or find the perfect match of shade that you’re looking for.

All-in-all you’ll get a slick, professional finish, as well as the creative eye of someone who does it for a living.

Costs for common painting and decorating jobs

Costs will ultimately depend on:

  • The size of the room, wall or ceiling.
  • The condition of the room to start with.
  • Whether old wallpaper needs stripping first.
Some typical jobs Low High
Removing décor £75 £250
Wallpapering £100 £500
removing painting £150 £125
Painting £75 £750

Planning permission for painting and decorating jobs

Planning permission is not generally required for internal decorating. However, if you live in a listed building you should contact your Local Planning Authority.

Insurance for painting and decorating jobs

Most tradespeople should have public liability insurance to cover them against any damage done to your home – always ask about this before you hire someone. 

Questions you should ask a painter and decorator

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?
  • Can they help with colour schemes and/or matching colours.
  • Do they have examples and references for previous work?

Painting and decorating ideas

Here’s 5 things a painter and decorator can do for you, plus, have a look at how to break decorating rules with wallpaper and paint effects. Lastly, check out how to cheer up you home with a bit of yellow.

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  4. Pick a tradesperson

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  5. Job done

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