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Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by stuart on 23/2/2018

Reliable . Did an honest days work in difficult weather conditions -

MB services offer an experience of 5 years as HANDYMAN like painting , reparations , maintenance and more.. MB services will try to satisfy the customers needs! It’s a new company born from a young man full of goodwill! MB services also make you feel protect; ensuring a 12 month of warranty in any service done!! Any problem just let us know to sort it out straight away!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by Y on 23/2/2018

Punctual. Reasonable labour charge. Above average work. Clean.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs, Demolition, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Gemma on 23/2/2018

Lovely guy, super efficient, great service. Will definitely keep Lee's business card for the future.

Single & Double glazing repair specialist. In 2010 I set up my own business based in Rayleigh. With 9years experience within the glass and glazing industry, I am able to offer competitive prices along with a great service.

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

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Reviewed by Henrietta on 23/2/2018

Cleaned and repaired gutters, very happy with the work

I am a fully qualified apprentice trained electrician with 20yr experience. I have worked in domestic, commercial and industrial. I also am also experienced in data, intruder alarms amd CCTV. All things electrical and fault finding. NICEIC registered.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Electric underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Idnan on 23/2/2018

Also done cladding in kitchen and help finding matching material.done laminate flooring in living room and entrance hallway.Really helpfull with number of small jobs around the house.

We are a family owned NIC EIC approved business with 25 years experience. Excellent customer satisfaction is our goal and we achieve this by maintaining high standards with every job we do.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, CCTV installation, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting

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Reviewed by Suzanne on 23/2/2018

He was clean thorough and I woul always recommend him.

We are an electrical contractors with over 14 years of experience. NICEIC registration. Always delivering friendly and exceptional service. Public liability insurance for your peace of mind.

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 Keval on 23/2/2018

very reliable and great at his job. very impressed.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/2/2018

Excellent service. Everything as hoped for.

Highly skilled, Well experienced and Passionate Professional who puts your needs at the forefront of what I do. All my work is completed to the highest industry standards and compliance with regulations is always met.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, CCTV installation

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Reviewed by Oliver on 23/2/2018

Very good work, tidy and reliable

WJS Home Improvements is a family run business. The business offers a wide range of services. With a fast, friendly + reliable team, we are happy to provide a quote. We carry out internal and external works within properties & businesses.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by gwen on 23/2/2018

Fitted locks at a time that suited me. Turned up on time and did the job exactly as agreed. Would use this firm again.

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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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