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We are a small family run handyman business based in Essex. We specialise in flat pack furniture, curtain poles, blinds, tv mounts and all other general handyman work.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Digital Home Network, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Door / Window painting, End of tenancy cleaning

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Reviewed by Lisa on 24/4/2018

Mr and Mrs Rai came and put a 3 triple door wardrobe together that had already tried to be assembled by myself. They was very patient because the wardrobe had to be taken apart and when they had finished the job it was excellent they even moved my items back for me it was a stress free easy process. I would definitely be using them again for putting up blinds and another wardrobe they are a very nice husband and wife and make a great team together thank you so much I finally have a wardrobe.

The Heating & Plumbing Specialists. We guarantee that all of our work is carried out without any hassle and with a positive impact on the environment! Eco Energy is your traditional tradesman company in Birmingham, taking care of all your gas and water installations. We provide comprehensive advice, high-quality professional work and an extensive level of service which is monitored at all times - both during and after the completion of the project. And we're there for you, in person, both during and outside of normal office hours.

Trades serviced: CCTV installation, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Gas boiler - installation / service / repair, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Gas Fire

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Reviewed by Deovrat on 23/4/2018

Excellent Customer Service & follow up.

We are Commercial and Domestic glazing contractors covering all of Northern Ireland. We provide a 24hr boarding and securing service. We also carryout all types of joinery and minor building works up to 15k.

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Mark on 23/4/2018

John did exactly what I asked him for. He came promptly and quoted, giving ideas and sharing his experience. If we decide to go ahead I'll definitely be getting him out again

T8 Electrical are based in Clermiston and take on all ranges of work. We have worked on commercial, industrial and domestic sites all over Edinburgh and the suburbs. Expect competitive quotes and an extremely high quality of work.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Paddy on 23/4/2018

Great lad, gave good advice and completed job quickly, will use again and recommend.

Fast and reliable services allways to high standards

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Carpet fitters, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Yasmin on 23/4/2018

Hardworking and honest Left the place clean and tidy

We are SW London base company Kingston Upon Thames, we specialize in: - bathroom, kitchen fitting - carpentry - plastering - soundproofing - painting and decorating. Just have look the photos.

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

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Reviewed by Bernadette on 23/4/2018

Came and painted our hallway, dining room and kitchen on time. Hardworking and reliable. Will definitely use them again.

Docs Locksmiths are your local friendly and reliable locksmiths. We offer a range of services to cover any of your locksmith needs, we aim to use non destructive entry where possible. Our locksmith is fully qualified in general, auto and is DBS checked.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar Repairs, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Philip on 23/4/2018

professional service, clear communication, good job!

Hi My name is Zoltan Gyenes i'm plumber 3-year school after 8 years of experience in Hungary. I start 3 years ago in england. I'm new on this website but not new in the profession.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation

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Reviewed by Leonie on 23/4/2018

Excellent work done efficiently. Will use again if needed

Here at J.Wilson Carpentry & Maintenance we cover a wide variety of 1st & 2nd fix carpentry along with general building maintenance to a very high standard. Our prices are very competitive and also offer free quotations. We are all time served, trusted and reliable tradesmen and we can offer every trade to meet your requirements. We looking foward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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

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Reviewed by Matthew on 23/4/2018

Josh was punctual, polite and most importantly, solved the problem to an excellent standard. Josh came to the house and, seeing that it was fixable there and then, got on with it rather than drag it out for more ££. Deserves 5 star rating. Thanks Josh!

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by Peter on 23/4/2018

Done the job well. Could not make the first appointment but came following day.

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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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