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ML property maintenance we cover all expects turfing fencing patios block paving path’s and driveways artificial lawns re-pointing of brickwork paving stone grinding gravel raised beds pressure washing also we offer a wide range of roofing services Quality workmanship to the Highest standard

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Reviewed by Claire on 21/12/2021

Contacted me within 15 mins of posting job and arrived the next working day to quote. Arrived the next day to complete the work. Work done well and quickly. Respectful and friendly, tidied up before leaving. Very pleased.

Hi, I'm Ashley and i do my best to build a good profile with top ratings,I hope to deliver a good service to each customer and always make sure the customer is happy with my work.Check my ratings and reviews out to give you some info about me

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Reviewed by Adam on 21/2/2022

Super quick and excellent communication

If you are thinking of extending, converting, or in any way structurally altering your home, we can assist you with any or every stage of your project.  

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Reviewed by Gary on 20/12/2021

Had a great experience with Paul. Got him in to take down a wall, plaster the room and make good the floor and I'm very happy with the results. A couple of small snagging issues were quickly taken care of without complaint. Would definitely go back again for future work

Ceejay Home Improvements have over 40 years experience. We are a fensa registered company, and give all of our customers a 10 year insurance backed guarantee. We are trustworthy, reliable and we take pride in our work. Our quotes/prices are very reasonable and genuine. OUR NEW SHOWROOM IS NOW OPEN. You as a customer come first, as we are a family run business we deal with our customers how we would want to be dealt with. Ceejay do not force sell, as we do not have any salesmen on board, only fully qualified tradesmen.

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Reviewed by Jenni on 3/5/2021

Great project management from start to finish. Efficient, polite and excellent communication and attention to detail. My extension looks amazing and completed quickly, professionally and to budget!

Hello I am Joe Webb, the proud owner of First Choice Home Improvements, A little about us With many happy and returning customers over the last 15 years, you can be sure of being well looked after. Our aim is to provide a stress free project, delivered in a manner that I am confident will exceed your expectations. I work with a small team of trusted colleagues, who communicate and work together well. Our customers often comment that every colleague they interact with is approachable and cheerful; we find that promoting a positive attitude always helps projects run smoothly with good communication throughout. 5 year guarantees are included as standard on all completed work.

AG LTD

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Reviewed by andy on 1/5/2021

Txt him my address but never turned up

I have more than 10 years of experience as a professional electrician and have recently joined with RatedPeople. I also have public liability insurance with NICEIC and I am registered with Part P. Safety and reliability is key to my business among with professional high quality, tidy work. No job is too small or too large and all jobs are tackled in the same professional manner for all customers. I specialise in all types of electric work, including domestic and commercial work, from changing a socket to a full house re-wiring in any house or facility; The work I do includes: Full rewiring Consumer units Fault finding Underfloor heating Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors Inspection and testing Installing sockets, lights, extractor fans, doorbells Electric showers, electric cooker , electric heating, etc. Feel free to contact me for any other work not listed above. I addition to the above I also undertake general building and carpentry work such as fitting doors,laminate flooring,brickwork and stud walls, bathroom and and general plumbing and all your property maintenance requirements. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Reviewed by Imran on 1/7/2021

SUPERB SERVICE FROM VICTOR SPARKS ELECTRICAL. 100% PROFESSIONAL RELIABLE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY REASONABLY PRICED. I'VE HAD OTHERS QUOTE 2 TO 3 TIMES AS MUCH. PHONE VICTOR HE'LL LOOK AFTER YOU AND NOT RIP YOU OFF LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY THAT QUOTED. (£1000 FOR 2 HOURS WORK. BET THEY CANT EVEN WRITE YOU A RECEIPT CORRECTLY) VICTOR, WITHOUT A DOUBT WILL BE MY ONLY PORT OF CALL FROM NOW ON.

Our company was established in UK 9 years ago,Before that we have worked in Portugal,France.We are experienced in refurbishment work,all carpenter work,bathroom fitting,all kinds of external insulation and rendering finishes.We are all certificated.Our work is supported with references. We will do our best to satisfy everyone with the quality of the work we can offer.

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Reviewed by Graham on 1/2/2022

Slavi and his guys carried out external insulation to our property. The work was finished to a very high standard. Slavi took time to explain specifications of work before it commenced and during. The work has transformed the house both visually and from an internal temperature perspective. Very courteous team, always clearing away spent materials whilst the job was ongoing. Thank you guys would definitely recommend to anyone.

Jmh Property maintenance is a family run buisness, with 30years experience , we specialise in a complete range of property repairs and improvements, from minor repairs to new roofs, all types of domestic and commercial clients, 1st class services,insured.

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Reviewed by alan on 4/9/2021

Excellent work by John and Andy. Thank you both. Alan

Hadley Building Services The work we carry out is from small single stories too larger projects. Fully experienced builders , who can carry out any type of job. Carpentry, Ground Working , Bricklaying , Landscaping, Patios , Roofing, Driveways, Loft Conversions

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Reviewed by Gina on 7/1/2022

Hadley Building services were fantastic. Neil completed all the jobs we had in record time and was very reliable. Nothing was too much trouble & we will definitely be using their services again in the future.

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

J R Griffiths roofing we specialise at 're roofing, slate tiles and leadwork. also chimney work undertook. Rubber roof and also grp

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Reviewed by Oswyn on 7/11/2020

Highly recommended, job done on time and at quoted price. Very happy

Skilled tradesman who is reliable, efficient and excellent value. Ive worked employed for 6 years with a fast pace growing company, im now running my own jobs and maintanace and im keen to make a good name for myself. You will not be dissapointed with my customer service and work rate. I look forward to working with you. I am Gas Safety Rsgistered

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Reviewed by Brett on 12/1/2022

Quality A1. Josh arrived on time, was courteous, and did a thorough job. He fixed what was a difficult problem first time. Definitely use again.

Garth Builders Ltd. for building and roofing services Building and roofing contractors provide a range of domestic and commercial building services. But we are not your average building and roofing contractor. Call us for a building or roofing service. We might just surprise you. We can undertake all kinds of building and roofing works. Building and roofing services are also known to charge exorbitant prices. However, our aim is to provide all customers with affordable building and roofing services. So if you are a homeowner or a commercial enterprise who needs a building or roofing work done, we are the company to call. We also work for the local authority so we understand the necessity of doing a good job. We are are fully compliant with safety and health regulations. Why Garth Builders Ltd. for these services? For more than 40 years, we’ve become a trusted and established name in building and roofing work around the city and nearby places. Rest assured we can meet your building and roofing needs with our safe work systems, use of superior materials and quality workmanship. We have the skills, expertise and the knowledge to work on any type of building and roofing project. We are always investing in and embracing new techniques so we are up to date with recent advancements in products and services. It also means we can provide a range of building and roofing services, all of which can meet your specific requirements. We also accept insurance for our building and roofing work, so please call us for the details. Our aim is to achieve great results and to ensure our customers requirements are reached with efficiency. Contact Garth Builders Ltd. today Thanks to our attention to detail and quality workmanship, we have a number of customers who rely on us for their building and roofing requirements. For any building or roofing work in this city, depend on Garth Builders to deliver quality services at very competitive rates. You can take our word for it. The services we offer are as follows All types of building works undertaken Extensions Conservatories All types of ground works Drainage Joinery works Plastering Flagging Roofing repairs Re-roofs Windows doors Pointing Dry verge systems Fascias & soffits All types of guttering works

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Reviewed by Pat on 24/1/2022

Excellent job. Friendly and helpful. Although items in the hall had to be moved it was all put back, even swept up and left the place clean and tidy. Would highly recommend.

Home solutions a trusted business which has been serving the roofing & building industry for over 20 years.

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Reviewed by jaswindar on 29/9/2021

wouldn't recommend !

Wills home improvements & roofing contractors Friendly-affordable-reliable Low prices high quality work all carried out to customers satisfaction We cover Shropshire, north wales and the midlands Free quotations and and some freindly advice

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Reviewed by patrick on 18/2/2022

They arrived on time and cleared up after .The work was done in a professional way. I would recommend them

Skilled building Worker who thrives independently or as a team member. Proactive in maintaining a safe and productive environment. Physically fit and effective at completing difficult projects and tasks on schedule with consistent follow-through on all instructions.

Welcome to RHI Developments Ltd. RHI Developments Ltd provides a full range of construction services including Double Storey Extensions, Single Storey Extensions, Orangeries, Conservatories, Garage Conversions, Window and Door Conversions, Fascia & Sofits, Porches & Renovations. RHI is also a leading supplier of fitting Windows and Doors throughout the South Yorkshire region including Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Rotherham. RHI Developments Ltd has a 100% customer satisfaction rating with Independent Warranty which gives you confidence from start to finish. For all extensions, orangeries and conservatories we can arrange all stages of your project from design to completion. Also you can be confident in the quality of our work by requesting references from our all our satisfied customers and view our recent projects.

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Reviewed by Chris on 16/10/2019

An Absolute pleasure to worth with. Communication was 100% I will not hesitate to recommend RHI and in fact already have done, Also just contacted them about another job I need doing

Greens builders and home maintenance

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Reviewed by dennis on 4/7/2021

Top quality and service

An established construction company covering Hampshire and Surrey. Friendly, reliable and trustworthy tradesman. With over 11 years experience within the construction industry. All work is finished to the highest standard.

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Reviewed by Aisling on 11/1/2022

Jordan recently re finished my damaged beech worktop. He did an excellent job with minimal mess and disruption. There were some issues afterwards with the reconnected sink plumbing , but he responded really quickly and came back immediately to resolve the issue. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jordan and his work.

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by Lisa on 3/6/2021

Really pleased with the job that Steve and his team carried out. We had windows and a back door replaced as well as a full kitchen re-fit. All the work was done to a high standard by friendly reliable tradesmen. I would highly recommend SB builders.

Rds roofing specialist is family run business with 30 years in the industry. We are experts in all aspects of roofing have a look at my profile and reviews 5 star work we are new roof specialist have a look at my profile on my builder I look forward to hearing from you . Thanks Russ

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Reviewed by Maxine on 28/9/2021

Came very quickly to look at my flat roof which was leaking badly. They came very quickly to provided me with a new rubber roof abs new fascias. Did a fantastic job that good we asked for cladding to be done on front and back dorma. Great price even better service. Will recommend to anyone. Need more work doing in the future will not hesitate to call Russ and his guys again. Great bunch of guys very friendly and once again did a FANTASTIC job. Highly recommend. Thanks guys

My Hull Roofer offers a wide range of roofing services and upvc fascias, soffits and gutters! We cover all aspects of roofing: pitched roofing, flat roofing, upvc fascias soffits and gutters, chimney rebuilding and much more! All our work is done safely and correctly with no details spared we have 20 years experience in the trade, the thing that sets My Hull Roofer apart from the other market leading companies in the area is that we our sometimes up to 40% cheaper and the quality of our work Speaks for itself. We are not the biggest company but we’re far from the local 1 man band handyman. all our work is given with a insurance backed guarantee and do not require any payments or deposits until the work you have had done is finished and your completely satisfied.

BarklimoreRoofing.Co.Uk are based in Hastings with over 30 years experience specialising in traditional roofing methods. Fully insured with a friendly personal service. As you can see artificial slates aren't traditional - but the lead work is !

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Reviewed by Astrid on 23/6/2020

Friendly, fast reply to enquiry, quote done same day & job done following day. Would highly recommend, very happy with results ??

A family run buisness with 10 year workmanship, helping others

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Reviewed by Craig on 10/2/2022

Very competitive quote so hired for a small extension to our lock block drive. Guys did a great job.

McMurray and Martin Ltd are building contractors specialising in full refurbishments, extensions and damp proofing.   The company was formed in 2008 by Michael McMurray, our reputation has been built on very high quality workmanship and excellent customer satisfaction all across Dorset. We use modern building techniques carried out with traditional values, when instructing us to undertake any work your job is fully planned from detailed itemised pricing to fully managed sites. We have a dedicated work force who are fully trained and highly skilled, we can undertake most projects and have extensive knowledge and experience ensuring you that your home and projects are in the hands of professionals.  We are also specialists in damp proofing works and timber treatments and can issue 30 year guarantees on all works. We have fully trained surveyors who can identify the cause of damp and produce a detailed written report on what remedial works are required. We work with many estate agents, local authority's, building contractors and the public. and have completed vast amount of damp proofing and timber treatments across Dorset.  

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Reviewed by Michael on 26/8/2011

Excellent Job; Professional Communications; Pleasant people to have on-site. Will use again!

We are a family run plastering and damp proofing specialist with over 30 years in the trade. We offer all aspects of plaster and renovation work and can offer guarantees for up to 20 years.

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Reviewed by Jamie on 20/2/2021

Lee, Joe & Jamie were great. Works were of a great standard and they were all super reliable. Recommend.

Your Local Company For Loft Conversions, Extensions & Renovations Versia Homes strive to bring out the best in your house. From giving you that much needed extra bedroom for your growing family to the kitchen extension you deserve. Versia Homes are there to be your partner in guiding and building the home of your dreams. Proudly Serving: Staines, Ashford, Laleham, Egham, Chertsey, Addlestone and Surrounding Areas

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Reviewed by Amy on 1/11/2012

Left with a few problems but overall good work and quick.

Over 30 years roofing and property maintenance experience. No job too big or too small. A good standard of workmanship and will guarantee all our work. Reliability is key. we have expanded the area's we will work to Monmouth and Herefordshire, has we want to give customers peace of mind when looking for a reliable roofer with a wealth of knowledge, experience and satisfaction knowing that a professional job is carried out . cpm roofing is the first name you should be looking for when choosing a reputable roofer.

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Reviewed by Markku on 22/2/2022

Quickly on the job. Everything as it should be. Recommended!

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Reviewed by Cheng on 28/6/2018

Kestutis is very professional and friendly. He refurbished my flat throughout including plumbing, plastering, painting, flooring, heating, built-in wardrobes, tiling, etc. The finish of work is perfect. We highly recommend him to all of you.

Victorian roofing & renovation ltd are a professional and trustworthy roofing company with over 14 years experience in the trade. We focus on all aspects of roofing and UPVC work undertaken. Are work is carried out to the highest standard by using the best quality materials that are made to last are. Top priority is making are customers are happy All work is guaranteed. we are fully insured please get in touch for your free professional quote

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Reviewed by Vishal on 22/2/2022

Completed with no issues. Will use again

Specialist Roofing are a full service, maintenance and restoration company with remarkable customer satisfaction and high client retention rate. Specialist Roofing has had a track record of providing reliable and superior roofing services to both residential and commercial properties. Our company has done roofing for local authorities, letting agents and major building contractors in Edinburgh, West Lothian and throughout Scotland, we have expertise in Slating, Tiling, Leadwork, Built up Felt roofing and Single Ply membrane.  At the core of Specialist Roofing is client satisfaction and flexibility, we work with the highest possible ethical and professional standards.

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Reviewed by Martin on 25/9/2020

Graham was great, got a good quote and explained everything well. Scaffold was up quickly, unfortunately weather was not permitting so job took longer than expected, but can't be helped. Roof looks great, happy with the work.

JW Construction Joinery Building Roofing We are members of the Lancashire SafeTrader, Trust a Trader, Competent Roofer, we can self certify all our projects to building control, All our work is carried out to the highest of standards.

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Reviewed by Faruk on 29/10/2019

Very quick response and attended job on time as promised. He was polite and completed the work in time.

We are a small building company with over 15 years in business , all of our tradesmen are highly skilled and all of them have over 35 years of experience in the building and construction industry.

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Reviewed by Iain on 4/1/2021

Dimension builders have just completed a 10 week build for us. It was an extension from the main house and detached garage conversion into bedroom and wetroom for my disabled wife. Throughout the whole build Dave has been a pleasure to work with. Communicating with us all the time and clean and tidy. Any sub contractors he has had come to carry out works, such as plasters, tilers and plumbers etc, completed jobs to a very high standard. We would not hesitate to recommend his firm to family and friends.

At Cymraeg Construction, building work has been at the heart of our family for generations with skills, knowledge and training passed on from one to another, even in the day to day running of the business we can call upon over 40 years experience from my father who is an integral part of the company and has made us what we are today with a passion for quality that shines through on every job we undertake. Covering all of South Wales, you can be sure to rely on us to undertake any project you may have from conception to completion, we can take care of all aspects of the build including planning and skilled tradesmen in all trades, let us deal with all the complications and timings as we project manage the process to ensure everything is done correctly and to schedule all while keeping you informed every step of the way. Please feel free to contact us for a free no obligation estimate on any work you may have. Cymraeg Construction.

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Reviewed by Glyn on 18/1/2022

Good work but painfully slow and continually extended finish date. There were however, a couple of extenuating reasons.....but literally a couple. A few of small jobs still need to be completed but unfortunately, still waiting.....and waiting....and waiting for him to call back. If he does, I may alter the rating.

Bramhill construction is a privately owned building company with over 20 years experience. Fully qualified, insured and registered members CSCS. Cob, Lime and Stone Laying, Eco Buildings, Barn Conversions / Extensions, Re-pointing Listed Buildings, ...

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Reviewed by Adrian on 15/4/2020

Worked well for me, recomend.

Hi, I am Stefan. It is always very important for me that my clients are satisfy with my help, therefore I always make sure that l have done all my best. I have got experience of over 13 years in different fields, such as kitchen fittings and bathroom refurbished ,fitting ,internal and external doors , laminate flooring fitting ,wood flooring ,tiles flooring ,conversion garage etc.

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Reviewed by Thomas on 21/11/2021

Stefan did a complete refit of our ensuite, retiling and fitting a new shower, sink and towel radiator. He gave us an accurate quote, always came on time, advised us on what might work best and left the room safe and tidy at the end of each day. We are really pleased with the result, it looks really great!

jandlroofsmart local family run company for over 20 years in the roofing trade

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Reviewed by Martin on 8/2/2022

Professional.Extra work carried out at reasonable cost.Original work kept to quotation.Kept informed at every step of work carried out.Would use again

The renovation company based in Crawley, West Sussex. Specializing in all types of interior work. Decoration & Skimming &Wallpapering. Bathroom refurbishments. Kitchen refurbishments. Full house refurbishment. Real Wood & Laminate & Vinyl Flooring. New Plumbing installation & old Plumbing maintenance. Walls removals & RSJ inserting, Rooms reconfiguration. Any project sizes /from small to big/ are Welcome!! High quality with minimum hassle.

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Reviewed by Susan on 4/1/2022

My new bathroom is incredible. Wetrooms are always tricky and being on the ground floor with a concrete floor presented some challenges, but they raised the area and sealed and tanked it completely. The tiling looks amazing and it drains really well from my large rainwater showerhead. Slavek and team were professional throughout working under tricky conditions. My flat is small - and my bathroom is tiny - but they were always neat and tidy whist working and at the end of each day. I highly recommend them

We are a general building and maintenance company. We cover all aspects of building from small maintenance items to full refurbishments, conversions and extensions. We have over 30 years experience and all our operatives are time served tradesmen. We pride ourselves on our quality of work and always price competitively. No job is too difficult and we specialise in structural work, composite walls, dry rot and other challenging jobs which we will execute and resolve at an extremely reasonable cost. We also attach a 'no quibble guarantee' on all our work for your peace of mind. Although we are geared mainly to commercial customers we welcome residential homeowners as well. Please feel free to email me or call me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. We offer free estimates, are fully insured and can provide references if required. Andrew Truby Company Director AVT Building Solutions.

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Reviewed by Debbie on 30/11/2021

We can highly recommend this company. They were efficent, competative, polite and did a faultless job. They came when they said they would. Would not hesitate to use them again. Thank you.

What We Do Our commercial projects include both new construction and repairs/restorations. Occupied and fully operational job sites are never a problem. And we can also plan, manage, and build multi-phase jobs. Working Together We offer an end-to-end client experience that includes seamless communication, budgeting, staffing, on-site organization, and solid, quality handiwork every time. Why Choose Us? We work with architects and designers to produce beautiful, functional structures. Call us today and bring our project management skills and extensive construction experience to your next project

We our roofing and maintenance contractors , fully qualified and fully insured to repair and replace all types of roofing and exterior maintenance works All labour and materials are guaranteed. As a trusted and reliable local firm most of our new business comes from customer recommendations. We are fully compliant with all Consumer Protection Legislation. We are specialists in roof repairs and will only recommend a replacement where absolutely necessary. We pride ourselves on providing all customers with the most cost-effective solution. We our currently taking the corona virus very serious all of are staff wear masks and gloves and sanitise regular we also prefer to stand a meter apart from all clients many thanks from baileys roof care ltd

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Reviewed by Robert on 2/2/2022

Tom and his team came to our aid after a leaking roof very quickly. They were very efficient and explained all work that was happening and taking photos as they progressed. The workmen were very professional and polite and cleaned as they worked and there was a good liaison with Tom afterwards highly recommended

Elite roofing are highly trained and professional, ready to face any new project handed to them. We will perform all the previously mentioned roofing work with expert precision, confidence, the up most professionalism and the highest levels of health and safety.

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Reviewed by Pete on 24/1/2022

Great service.

We offer high quality building and maintenance services across London

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Reviewed by Diego on 12/5/2021

Andrei and his team did a few works for us including a chimney breast removal, opening of a doorway, rubbish removal, installation of 13 lockers in my yoga studio (on going), plus plastering, tiling and cap off radiator pipes. They will do fencing and some flooring for us in the coming weeks. I am very happy with their work and quality.

With over 35 years of experience, Harrogate Builders aim to provide a professional and considerate service, at a competitive quality and cost. with many areas of expertise we can offer a complete service from start to finish no matter the job.

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Reviewed by Hayley on 17/4/2021

Ian and his team demolished our old stone garage and erected a beautiful new stone garage and wall using stone from the site. They undertook the work in often terrible weather during the winter, but just got on and delivered for us. The site was kept tidy throughout the build as well. We would happily recommend Harrogate Builders to anyone looking for quality work.

My company is based in east lothian , we have over 25years Roofing experience and believe in giving our customers the best .Im qualified in all aspects of roofing to Slating,tiling,leadworks,guttering, flat roofs, chimney works, stoneworks, harling. We cover small maintenance contracts to full Renewal works. we also rely on building a good reputation. We now offer a cherry picker service. Rope access fully qualified in all building maintenance heights. Tenement maintenance and insurance works also welcome

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Reviewed by Philip on 18/2/2022

Very quick response. Assessed the job quickly and efficiently.

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Reviewed by joseph on 29/10/2020

The rating for the roof leek above the garage. Very well examined. . good materials used and efficiently repaired. Polite and quick service, Thank you , Anna

Here at TFF we are a well-established family business, who are conscientious and we strive for customer satisfaction. We will undertake your work with your ideas in mind within a timely, clean and professional manner. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Reviewed by Jim on 7/4/2019

Very efficient and prompt service.. Steve was very polite and friendly providing a very good quality service. I would definitely recommend and would happily use his service again.

I have been in the building trade for over 30 years in last year’s been specialising in property maintenance kitchen and bathroom fitting

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Reviewed by Simon on 20/4/2014

Steve did a good job when installing a cooker hood in my kitchen.

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Builders - what you need to know

The term ‘builder’ covers a broad range of possible work in your home. In general, a builder will take on larger structural jobs like loft conversions, home extensions and full renovations. They’ll assess what needs to be done and arrange for various specialist tradespeople to complete the work, while managing the whole project. They’re crucial to making complicated jobs run smoothly.

What a builder can help with

  • Conservatories.
  • House extensions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Basement conversions.
  • Renovations.
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A builder won’t typically be very hands-on with tools. Instead, they’ll be arranging materials, submitting plans to councils, organising tradespeople, and communicating with you what’s happening and what decisions you need to make. They’ll also make sure that everything is being completed within your budget.

When undergoing a big job, there are bound to be issues discovered along the way, and a good builder will communicate these with you, as well as any effect on how long it’ll take to complete the whole project. Always factor in extra time and extra budget into your planning so that you’re not caught out.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a good way to give yourself extra space in your house, and as long as you stay within the (somewhat extensive) planning guidelines, you won’t need to get any planning permission. Conservatories are available in uPVC, timber and aluminium, which will give you plenty of options when thinking about design, build and durability. Depending on your budget and your tastes, you can either go for a standard or bespoke design.

The qualifications your builder needs

It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of any qualifications that a builder has listed on a profile page or elsewhere. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Trade bodies

The first thing you can do when considering a builder is to check they’re registered with an official trade body. There are several in the UK such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds.

You can see a full list of bodies on the British Associations site, or with TrustMark.

Gas Safe and Part P

Builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so that’s another thing you can check.

Competent person scheme

For any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for building jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - if you’re in a conservation area you you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you. You might also want to consider using an architect to help with the planning, design and necessary permissions.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for building work

Public liability insurance

Your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

 

 

Questions you should ask a builder

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

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