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All aspects of electrical work undertaken; commercial, domestic and industrial.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Electrical installation / Testing, End of tenancy cleaning

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Reviewed by Luke on 20/2/2018

lovely lad fully recommend. clearly knows his job and will keep his number for anything else i need. 100% recommend

C&G qualified offers electrical work at affordable rates, with no job too small. Edward, has 40 years Electronics experience and offers domestic electrical work also specialises in Smart Home & home automation systems especially for the infirm or invalid.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, CCTV installation, Digital Home Network, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting

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Reviewed by Shane on 20/2/2018

I really enjoyed having Edward come and do a quality job. Really good service

We have been carrying out electrical work across the U.k. for over 10 years! All electrical works undertaken at competitive prices!

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

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Reviewed by Alex on 20/2/2018

Michael. We are concerned that we have not heard back from you despite having left several messages. We are concerned that the items we have paid for (such as the consumer unit) have been removed from the property, and that work remains outstanding despite our previous conversation. Please could you get in touch regarding where we go from here. If you are no longer willing or able to complete the work as promised, we still expect the return of the items we purchased in order to arrange completion ourselves.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Alison on 20/2/2018

Fantastic service from quote to finish! Our new decking is just beautiful and while Matthew was with us we asked him to do some other jobs which were done with the same care and high standard as the decking. When the jobs were finished the whole area was left clean and tidy. Would highly recommend and he will definitely be our first port of call for any future jobs.

Friendly, reliable carpet cleaning / domestic and commercial cleaning / handyman / man with a van company. With a goal to exceed your expectations.

Trades serviced: Carpet Cleaning, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, End of tenancy cleaning, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

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Reviewed by Aggie on 20/2/2018

Mark did an excellent job cleaning our carpets. He arrived on time and was very thorough. I would recommended him and will be using his services again.

Experienced, friendly self-employed electrician with public liability. Happy to do any job - big or small! Skills include plastering, painting and decorating, fitting bathrooms and kitchens as well as electrics

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

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Reviewed by Christine on 20/2/2018

The job was completed very quickly and efficiently. The plumber showed me the parts that needed replacing and offered to get the parts and complete the job straight away. He told me the price to complete the job before he commenced it. I will use his service again whenever possible.

Positive Locksmiths are CRB checked. We are Burglary Prevention & Security Locksmiths covering most areas in & around London. 24HR Emergency or NON-URGENT service. All makes / models Supplied / Repaired / Replaced. Call Now - up to 15% instant discount.

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

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Reviewed by Lii on 20/2/2018

Ali carried out the work in a timely and efficient manner.

With over 13 years experience in the building trade and a positive attitude to get the best out of any job, you can be assured quality from start to finish. We don't accept any half measures and can guarantee satisfaction first time round.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door Opening

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Reviewed by brian on 20/2/2018

Oliver Norton no longer does joinery so how you could say he wanted to quote I don't know.

Savant Construction Ltd have built our reputation on excellent customer service and quality workmanship. Our services include extensions, renovations, conversions, new house builds. House rewires and other electrical work undertaken. NICEIC registered. Previously A1 Renewable Energy with over 5 years experience in installing Solar PV, evolved into construction in 2017 with a view to cover all aspects of building and energy services.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting, Garage Conversion, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by Chris on 20/2/2018

He came out gave a quote and did the job and even when I said I wanted it a bit brighter he changed them no extra cost and was top quality and would recommend them to anybody

here at Harrison joinery and property maintenance we have over 8 years experience we provide and excellent service with the best quality of work at a great price

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Door / Window painting, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Celia on 20/2/2018

Good communication. Showed up in time and worked fast and well. Door problem completely fixed. Would sure hire him for more jobs.

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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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