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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,

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 Syed on 21/2/2018

Brian changed extractor Fan and balcony lights for me. Brain was very professional and coordinated before hand. He quoted a price and completed the works within the quote. Brian also turned up again to fix some of the issues from last visit free of charge and without any follow up calls or reminders.

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.

Top rated electricians carrying out small and large electrical jobs - internal/external lights, electric showers, rewires, diagnostics, CCTV, alarm systems and many more jobs. All work fully guaranteed for 12 months.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Alistair on 21/2/2018

Richard was very prompt and did the job quickly and efficiently at a decent price. Would use him again.

A Nottinghamshire based qualified domestic electrician and certified British Gypsum plasterer. Specialising in room renovations, electrical work, plastering, skirting and architrave, decoration and more.

Trades serviced: Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting

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Reviewed by Richard on 21/2/2018

Excellent Job Luke, very happy with the results.

Property Maintenance Contractor working across South Wales with Domestic and Commercial customers. All aspects of internal and external work covered from small jobs to full house renovations. Please get in touch for free quotes thanks Phil

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by John on 21/2/2018

Good work but did not supply a quote for follow up work

Friendly, fast and reliable locksmith based in Bristol with 10 years experience fully insured and CRB check

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Door Opening, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, Lock fitting / Repair

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Reviewed by Mark on 21/2/2018

Very nice person done a good job would recommend him

Multi-Skilled Handyman - general repairs, painting & decorating, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, flat pack and more, just ask and I will do it ;) Friendly & professional handyman service available at competitive rates. More than 15 years of experience.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Alison on 21/2/2018

Firstly, we'd highly recommend Tomasz. He's fastidious & the end result; our new bathroom is fantastic. He had some good suggestions in our remodelling which included moving the soil pipe & position of the toilet, resulting in more space. We pretty much resited all the plumbing & what wasn't shifted was embedded into the walls. he also undid poor previous work. His work included plumbing, plastering, moving a doorway, tiling floor & walls, painting & installation of all sanitaryware. Will use again, soon.

EntryTec Locksmiths is a family run business . After years of working with larger companies and seeing the ridiculous prices they charge I decided to go it alone. I am based near Manchester and have clients such as Miller Metcalfe, Whitegates and many others. Not only am I a qualified Locksmith I also specialise in UPVC repairs , handles , hinges, letterboxes etc etc . Please check out my website or read my reviews on Yell. Feel free to ask any questions at all. If you are locked out I can get you in with no damage. If you are concerned about security in your home , I will happily offer free advise on what is best for you. Our vehicles are sign written and we carry ID. I always call 10 minutes ahead to let you know we are close by. All our work is guaranteed and carried out to the highest standards. For a great service at excellent prices use Entrytec Locksmiths Ltd

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, Lock fitting / Repair

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Reviewed by Jessica on 21/2/2018

Fabulous service and very quick to respond. Changed lock on my front door. Fantastic price and very friendly service

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Security systems / Alarms - what you need to know

Broadly speaking, security specialists carry out assessments and design security systems and processes for use at home and in the workplace. They cover a lot of areas, like information security (making sure data’s secure online) and physical security (where you can hire bodyguards to protect a building, person or object). When it comes to home security, a security specialist is someone who carries out work in your home to make your property more secure. A lot of the work they do involves fitting burglar alarms or fire alarms. They can also install CCTV so that any suspicious activity is captured on film.

What a security specialist can help with

  • Installing alarm systems - burglar or fire alarms.
  • Installing CCTV.
  • Fitting a garage door (often involving a roller shutter).
  • Fitting a new lock on a door.
  • Fitting security fences/gates/bollards.
  • Fitting security grilles to windows or doors.
  • Increasing door security by adding extras like deadlocks, a reinforced door frame, peep hole, door bolt or a security chain.
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Aside from alarms, they can work on your external doors to give you more protection against would-be thieves. If a front door doesn’t look secure, it’s going to be less of a deterrent. Reinforcing the door frame will make it less appealing and fitting new locks, plus adding things like deadlocks, a door bolt or a security chain can boost your security by putting further obstructions in the way. It stops becoming as simple as just getting past a locked door.

If you’re worried about people gaining entry to your home or the home of a vulnerable relative, a security specialist can add a peep hole so you can see who’s standing outside your front door before you choose to open it. This can not only help with thieves talking their way into a home, but also help you avoid all sorts of unwanted callers.

Burglars want an easy time of it. If they can see that it isn’t going to be quick to get into a home and there’s a high risk of drawing attention to themselves, they’ll be discouraged from trying. Placing grilles on your windows or doors is one way to send this message and if you have a larger property, a security specialist can erect a fence around your home to stop thieves getting anywhere near your front door.

Costs for common home security jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common security jobs. The costs below are an approximate national average.

Some typical jobs Low High
Replacing or installing locks £30 £50
Fitting a security chain £20 £40
Fitting a door bolt £20 £40
Installing deadlocks £20 £60
Reinforcing a door frame £40 £80
Fitting a peep hole £20 £40

Types of burglar alarms

Bell-only alarms – these are alarms that go off when they detect a break-in. An external alarm will go off outside the building for a set time, while an internal alarm will go off and stay on until the alarm system’s turned off. You’ll often find that a flashing light will be turned on outside and stay on until the system’s turned off even if the external alarm is deactivated.

Monitored/speech dialler alarms – a speech dialler system contacts you or a nominated individual when the alarm goes off. You can also take out a monitoring contract with a security company where you pay them monthly or annually to respond to the alarm being triggered. They would normally call you, ask for a password and check that everything’s okay. If you or your nominated individual doesn’t take the call or give the right password, they can call the police.

Insurance for security work

There is no legal obligation for security specialists to be insured but it’s recommended that a security specialist purchases public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a security specialist

  • How long have they been trading?
  • 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 carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Do they have a separate servicing team to deal with any problems as well as an installation team?
  • Do they offer 24-hour phone support?
  • Can they tell you about the latest security technology?
  • How long does the warranty for the work last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking security specialists.

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