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Member Richard Williams
Fencing Repairs Quote for domestic garden fence panels and posts repair/replacement in stanway, colchester Repair/replace between 2-8 wooden fence panels and 1-3 fence posts in domestic garden in stanway, colchester.
exact number of panels uncertain as potentially 3 separate fenceline owners. quotes required.
Project Feedback Richard was very friendly, polite, professional and easily contactable. The job was completed promptly as arranged. Would recommend.
Burglar Alarms Intruder Alarms I need a new alarm system and fitting on a new build I need a new alarm system and fitting on a new build
Project Feedback Tim was professional and polite from the beginning. Went through all the price options and got me booked in straight away. Ive only had the Alarm a couple of days so still getting use to it, everything seems to work as is should. Would recommend
Roofing Repairs Damp patch bedroom near bedroom ceiling light. suspect loose ridge tiles.appreciate quick inspection. A small damp patch has appeared on bedroom ceiling. i suspect we have loose ridge tiles. the damp patch is close to the ceiling light fitting so i would like the problem looking at asap.
Project Feedback We are very happy with the work Sam did for us. We liked the way that he took ' before and after ' photos - important when the problem was with our ridge tiles!
Sam was friendly,helpful and professional. We would highly recommend S.J.W Building and
Property Maintenance Repairs Help needed moving new mattress upstairs, new toilet seat fixed and other longer term jobs such as quote for guttering Main priority is need help moving new double mattress upstairs, also refit new toilet seat, and quotes for guttering in longer term
Project Feedback Brilliant service with good communication. Courteous, prompt and efficient. Managed to fixed guttering, unblock sink, fix new hinges on toilet seat and deliver mattress upstairs in the morning. Would recommend. Many thanks A+++
Power and sockets Internal Electric gates not working although there does seem to be power to them Electric gates to property were forced open.....although there seems to be power to them they will not operate and are stuck open
Project Feedback Very impressed, would definitely use again and highly recommend
Roofing Repairs A couple of ridge/hip tiles to be replaced with some re-pointing also. I have a couple of hip and ridge tiles that need replacing. also some ridge tile re-pointing work required
Project Feedback Bob was very prompt, gave me a number of options on solving my roofing issues, then gave me a competitive quote which I accepted as I wanted the job doing whilst the weather permitted it. He then did a nice neat job too.
Install customers own alarm Looking for someone to give me a quote to fit an esp infinite prime wirefree alarm kit with external sounder Looking for someone to give me a quote to fit an esp infinite prime wirefree alarm kit with external sounder
Project Feedback Phil was top class all the way through this job, which turned out to be a lot more complex than first anticipated. Excellent value for money and exemplorary customer service given all the way through the process. Would recommend Phil to anyone lookin
There are so many local tradesmen out there, vying for your business that it can sometimes be difficult to decide which local tradesman to use.
With so much information, it’s no longer a case of flicking through the yellow pages and jotting down the contact details of tradesmen in your area. Now we have the internet and new technologies that can give you lists of tradesmen at the flick of a switch or the press of a button.
But just because there’s so much information available, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should pick the first tradesman you come across. If you’re going to have building work done to your property, it goes without saying that you want a decent price, good workmanship and a reliable, trustworthy worker.
So what are the rules for finding the right local tradesman for the job? Whether you need a builder, a plumber, roofer, decorator or an electrician, there are a number of steps you should take before you hire someone.
First of all, use a good directory of local tradesmen. When you’re looking for a tradesman, it’s worth asking for recommendations to find someone who’s reliable. If you can go and see the work they’ve done for yourself, so much the better.
When you’ve come up with a list of three or four tradesmen who are local to your area, give them the details of the work you want doing and get them to quote a price for the whole job. That way, you’ll be able to budget effectively and you’ll get the most competitive rates.
Any tradesman worth his salt will accept payment in stages. You should never part with large sums of cash up front. If a tradesman is asking for this, you’d be well advised to run in the opposite direction! When choosing a local tradesman, you should look for those with membership to a trade association - and be sure to check out exactly what this means. Some trade associations will hand out membership to tradesmen without requiring a minimum standard of work. The good ones will have set standards for their members, so the tradesman you pick will be sure to do a good job.
Make sure that you ask plenty of questions. This way there’s less likelihood of anything going wrong after you’ve had your work carried out. The types of questions you’ll need answers to are:
Is the tradesman qualified and if so, have their skills been independently verified?
Will the tradesman give you an estimate in writing, and a contract for the work?
Can your builder answer your questions about relevant building regulations?
If the answer’s ‘yes’, then you’re well on your way to finding a tradesman that will give you the professional service you’re looking for.
Good Feedback From Customers - Past Tradesmen Reviews
Always ask the tradesmen who are quoting for testimonials from past customers of their business. Most good trades and service providers will have many good reviews and feedback from people who they have done building work for before locally.
Check them out individually. Don't just rush into accepting the first quote for your work that you receive from the tradesperson who you like the most.
Tradesman Insurances, Certifications, Qualifications, Building Trades Associations Memberships, Work Guarantees - Check Trades Out
You will need to ask whether the tradesperson has public liability insurance in place to avoid any problems should you find that your home gets damaged whilst the building work is being carried out. What trades associations are they members of? What guarantees on their work do they provide. Do they provide a guarantee that is backed by any type of insurance if the company goes bust? Always check with your local building control or planning portal to ensure that you do not need any specialist trades to carry out building work and that your work will be compliant with the latest regulations.
Again, always, always, check trades out.
Don't Restrict Yourself To Local Tradespeople
You will find that nowadays a good tradesman will travel far and wide to obtain work which is worthwhile and, of course, some organisations provide a UK nationwide service, or have sub-contractors across the UK. Find out what the situation is with regards to this type of arrangement prior to choosing a quote.
If you live in a small or remote area you may need to be prepared to find a tradesman who is from outside your local area. The same caution should always apply, in that you should always ensure that you carry out your own checks.
Some of the most popular types of work that trades get asked to provide quotes for.