Cost of Garage Doors And Installation

Around 40% of homes in the UK have a garage.

Although the original purpose of having a garage was obviously to store your car securely, changing lifestyles and the fact that cars are getting bigger means that fewer of us are using the garage for cars, and more of us are filling our garages with bikes, garden furniture, DIY equipment and all manner of other bits and pieces.

A garage is a very useful storage space, and can also be part of the first impression when visitors or prospective buyers turn up at your house.

Garage doors don’t last forever in the British rainy and cold climate, so if your doors are looking a bit tatty, is it time for a change?

Are Your Doors a Standard Size?

Depending on when your garage was built, you may be in the fortunate position of finding that your garage doors are a standard size which can be bought from large builders’ merchants or from specialist retailers.

If this is the case, you will be able to buy a basic white “up and over” garage door for around £200.

If your garage door is an unusual size then there are a couple of options – either see what can be done to adjust the opening to make a standard door fit, or have a door custom made to order.

The cheapest type of garage door is the basic white metal up and over door.

If your preferred door is made from wood, or PVC, or has a built in access door, then all of these elements will add to the cost.

Don’t ever agree to buy from the first retailer you consider – always shop around to explore the different options and ensure you are getting the best product, at the best value for money price.

Getting Doors Installed

Most garage door companies will quote to do the whole job of replacing your garage door – removing the old door, supplying a new one and for fitting it.

This is probably the best value way of replacing your garage doors, and visiting the supplier’s showroom allows you to consider all the options and see the doors before you commit to going ahead.

There may also be an opportunity to negotiate a better deal face to face, or take advantage of special offers or end of line items.

Although garage door installation is a fairly specialist field, try to speak to at least three competing firms to make sure you are getting a quote which represents good value for money.

Prices will vary hugely depending on how large the door is and how much building work is required, but expect to pay around £600 for a company to supply and fit a standard metal garage door, with prices being higher for any electrical controls or doors which are specially insulated.

Find a reputable firm by asking friends and family for recommendations as a starting point, and always put communications in writing.

However trustworthy a company appears, never be tempted to pay the full cost of installation up front.

Cost of Having a New Sink Fitted

If you’re interested in undertaking some home improvements over the next year, then it’s always wise to be prepared and get organised in advance. Having a long list of projects with no idea of how you’re going to tackle them can be daunting, so start by writing some lists and break what seems like a massive task into lots of smaller steps. Changing the sink in your kitchen or bathroom – or adding another sink into a bathroom or utility room for handwashing – is not a huge job and is one which can make a big difference to the way in which you live if you get it right.

Finding Your Perfect Sink

Sinks come in lots of different shapes and sizes. If you are swapping one sink for another in the same place, measure your existing sink and then use this as a starting point for your search for something which will fit in the same place. Remember to think about additional costs such as new tiles or replastering walls. If you are looking for a new sink, then you may have more flexibility over the size, depending on the space you have available. Adding a new sink may involve additional plumbing costs though, which could greatly add to the cost. All of the large DIY superstores will have a range of sinks of different styles and price points, and the online retailers offer an even larger selection of items.

Buying Sink Separately or Ask Plumber to Supply?

Most plumbers will be more than happy to supply and fit a sink of your choosing, but the other option is to buy the sink and then ask someone in just to do the fitting. There is no right and wrong answer here; your plumber may be able to source items more cheaply from a plumbers’ merchant or you may be able to find a great deal from an internet retailer. Knowing roughly how much your chosen sink costs will help you make the decision about the best option for you. Always be very clear when speaking to plumbers about doing the work what you are expecting them to do for you.

Plumber Fees

Once you have decided whether you are buying the sink yourself or asking the plumber to supply and fit it for you, you can start approaching local firms for quotes. Larger plumbing companies may not be interested in what they consider to be a smaller job, so it’s probably best to start by asking around for recommendations from friends and family about smaller companies and individuals to do the work. If you are supplying the sink yourself, and are just undertaking a straight swap which doesn’t require any additional plumbing work, you can expect to pay around £150 for the work to be done. If your job is more complex, then costs will be higher and the work will take longer. Get at least three quotes from different plumber, and never pay all of the money for the job up front.

Cost Of Getting New Taps Fitted

How Much Does It Cost To Get New Taps Fitted?

Short Answer

The cost of getting new taps fitted is around £50 for fitting of a standard pair of taps.

Longer Answer

Costs of Buying Taps And Getting Them Fitted

tapsCompare plumbers quotesAt the start of a New Year, most of us set our goals and resolutions for the following year and think about all those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off for years. If you’re thinking about upgrading your kitchen or bathroom this year, then one of the quickest and easiest things to do is changing the taps. This isn’t a big job, and if you don’t have the skills to do the work yourself, then any plumber will be able to do this for you.

Buying the Taps

There is a huge range of different taps on the market and the choice can be bewildering if you are not clear about what you are looking for. The choice will be determined mainly by the holes which are in the sinks which you own, unless of course you are thinking about replacing those two. Sinks will either have one hole for a mixer tap, or two for a separate hot and cold feed. Think as well about the overall style you have in your bathroom as obviously a contemporary sink and bathroom design is going to work best with a modern set of taps, and vice versa. All large bathroom warehouses and DIY superstores will have a good range of taps for a starting point, with more specialist products being easily sourced online. Expect to pay anything from around £18 for a basic set of bathroom sink taps up to over £300 for designer taps.

Getting Taps Fitted

If you have basic DIY tools and skills, replacing taps is not a huge job and is simply a matter of switching the water off, removing the old taps and putting new ones in their place. There are lots of online videos and tutorials which will help you through the process if you want to tackle the job yourself. If you’d prefer to get the professionals in, then changing taps is something which any plumber will be happy to help you with. Assuming your taps are fairly standard, with no access problems, then it should take less than an hour to do the swap. Prices charged will depend partly on location, and most plumbers will quote for this sort of job giving the total cost rather a “per hour rate”. The average cost is around £50 for fitting a standard set of taps.

Finding the Right Plumber

Changing the taps is not a complex plumbing job, and any plumber will be able to fit new taps for you. However, it’s not a big job, and plumbing firms who spend most of their time installing heating or doing complete bathroom refits may not be interested in the work. Ask around for recommendations, and approach at least three different plumbers for a quote before agreeing to go ahead with the work. In order to avoid misunderstandings at a later date, try to get quotes in writing instead of relying on verbal agreements. It is also good practice to get a receipt for any payments which you make.

Cost of Installing New Kitchen Cabinets

Assembling kitchen units.Compare kitchen fitters quotes from local tradesmen across the UKIs one of your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions to upgrade your kitchen? You’re not alone – around 40% of UK homeowners who make improvements every year decide to upgrade or renovate their kitchen. Replacing a kitchen isn’t a cheap project, and the overall cost will depend very much on your budget and what sort of renovations you are thinking of undertaking, so it’s important to know what the various options may cost you. Whatever your budget there is an option for you, and here are three of the most popular ways of changing the look of your kitchen cabinets.

Whole New Fitted Kitchen

The most radical – and most expensive – option is a whole new fitted kitchen. This option is also the most flexible as it gives you the opportunity to totally redesign the layout of your kitchen. You can move the location of the sink, cooker and cupboards, and totally change the way in which you use your kitchen. Remember though that changing the location of your cooker or sink is going to involve additional costs for plumbing and rewiring as well as costs for new cupboards and appliances. A new fitted kitchen will cost you upwards of £8000, with the cost for a handmade or bespoke kitchen costing many times more. As with any expense of this sort in the home, shop around and get several quotes for both buying your new kitchen and having it fitted.

Replacing the Cabinets

A slightly cheaper option, which does not give you the ability to totally remodel your kitchen, is to leave the basics of cooker and sink where they are, and just to replace the kitchen cabinets. Start by measuring your existing kitchen cabinets, the chances are that they are a standard size. Standard sized kitchen cabinets are easy to replace and can be bought from any high street or internet retailer; bespoke kitchens or non-standard units are specially made and will cost a lot more. Remember when looking for units that the base units and doors are often sold separately, and you may also have to buy hinges and handles separately. Expect to pay around £2000 for new cabinets, doors and handles for the average kitchen.

Replacing Doors and Handles

If your base kitchen units are in good condition, and you are happy with the configuration of your kitchen, then the cheapest option could be the best for you. Replacing doors on your kitchen cabinets is not a big job, and replacements for most sizes of cupboard doors can be easily sourced online or in high street shops. Prices for new cupboard doors start low; less than £5 for smaller doors. You will pay more for larger doors, or doors made from solid wood rather than ply or laminate. Handles will be another separate cost, as will hinges if you are not planning to reuse the hinges from the old cupboard doors. Around £400 should be enough to get a set of new doors for the average kitchen.

Cost of Replacing Kitchen Worktops

Costs Guide For Replacement Kitchen Worktops - Labour and Materials

Modern red kitchen interior 3dCompare kitchen fitters quotes from local tradesmen across the UKCreating a new look in your kitchen doesn’t have to mean ripping out the entire kitchen and spending thousands of pounds to install a new one. There are lots of clever and quick ways of updating your kitchen at minimal cost, and one of the best is to replace the worktops while leaving the rest of the kitchen cabinets untouched. It’s a quick and simple project, and depending on the material you choose, won’t cost the earth either.

Cost of Replacing Laminate Worktops

Laminate worktops are the most common type of worktops found. They have a tough, laminated surface over compressed board, and come in lots of different styles, patterns and colours. Laminate worktops are sold in all major kitchen retailers and DIY stores and you can expect to pay around £75 for a 3 metre length of worktop. Prices for installation of the worktop will depend on the number of corners which need to be cut, and whether holes need to be cut for basins or other appliances. A skilled craftsman will take less than a day to replace the worktops in the average kitchen. Labour costs vary, so always shop around, get at least three quotes in writing and never pay for any work in full up front.

Cost of Replacing Wooden Worktops

A bit more expensive than laminate worktops, a solid wood worktop will cost around £350 per 3 metre section, depending on the type of wood you choose. Solid wood is a good choice for the “country kitchen” look, and it’s even possible to use reclaimed wood to make worktops. Solid wood is durable and looks great, but needs to be sealed and treated to keep it looking great, and softer woods like pine can be prone to denting. Wood is probably not the best choice for kitchens which have wooden cabinets already as an exact match is almost impossible. Wooden worktops work well with white cabinets though, and can help to make your kitchen appear softer and warmer.

Cost of Replacing Granite Worktops

If you’re looking for a worktop which is extremely tough and hardwearing, and almost impossible to damage, then granite is the best choice. Granite is a naturally occurring mineral which has a very shiny finish and can be custom cut to any shape and size to accommodate your kitchen layout. Granite is a difficult material to work with and require specialist cutting and installation skills. So always check that the kitchen fitters are experienced with this type of material. You can expect to pay over £800 for a three metre section of granite, but if this is over your ideal budget, quartz or Corian worktops have a similar appearance to solid granite but can cost a lot less. Shop around for the best deal, but always buy all the worktop you need at the same time to ensure that pattern and colour matches. As installing granite worktops is a skilled job, and requires more than one person to lift and manoeuvre the heavy worktops, you can expect to pay around £2000 to have granite worktops installed in your kitchen.

Cost of Building a Garage

Bricklayer setting bricks on a construction siteCompare quotes from builders across the UKGarages are not often built as standard with new houses these days due to increasing pressure on space, and even if you own an older property, garages often weren’t built to the same standards as the house itself. Replacing the garage with a new one, or building a new garage from scratch can smarten up the kerb appeal of your property, as well as giving you plenty of room to store not only the car, but bikes, garden furniture and other bulky items too.

Do I Need Planning Permission for A Garage?

Permitted development rules often allow you to put a garage on the side of your property or replace an existing garage with a new one, assuming that the replacement garage is the same size and height as the previous one, and falls within the limits set by the government. Different rules apply to people living in conservation areas, or who wish to build detached garages, so it’s worth making a call to the planning department of the local Council before investing any money in having plans drawn up or contacting builders to clarify the situation. It’s also good manners to speak to your neighbours regarding your plans before work starts.

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Price per Metre Squared

One of the easiest ways of working out roughly what a new garage is going to cost is on a price per square metre basis. The average cost, including laying foundations before building a brick garage, is around £500 per square metre. You are therefore looking at a basic cost of £8000 upwards for the average sized garage. If you wish to have electricity or water put into your garage, or have it insulated or plastered, the cost is going to rise accordingly. Make sure that when you are asking for quotes that you are very clear about what you want done for the price, and ask all builders to quote on the same basis to make it easier to compare prices. Remember to factor in additional costs for an architect to draw up plans if you are having a bespoke garage built.

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Detached Garages

It is more expensive to build a detached garage than one which is joined to the house, not only because there is more brick work involved, but also as it is more expensive to run electricity or water into a separate building. Again the exact costs will depend on the size of the garage you are proposing to build and the extras you have asked for as part of the construction. A single detached garage will cost around £12,000 with costs rising to around £18,000 for a double garage. Always check with Building Control before starting a building project at home, and inspectors may want to see the project at various stages and to inspect it after the garage is complete. There will be a charge for doing this, but without a Building Control certificate it will be difficult to see your property in the future.

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House Moving Costs

Welcome to our homePaying the asking price, solicitor’s costs and Stamp Duty is only part of the overall costs of moving house, as anyone who has moved recently will know. An unavoidable expense – unless you have practically no possessions to move – is either hiring a van and moving everything yourself, or getting a professional removal firm to do the job for you.

Do It Yourself – The Cheapest Option

The budget option for a house move is the DIY option of hiring a van and getting a group of friends to help you load up your things, drive to the new house and unpack at the other end. If you’re not moving far, and don’t have too many heavy or valuable items, this is a viable option. If you need to hire a van, expect to pay between £50 and £100 per day including the insurance. You’ll also need to check that your driving licence allows you to drive the type of van you’re hiring as entitlements have changed over time. Remember too that your van will have to be returned to wherever you rented it from which isn’t always practical if your new house is many miles away.

Man With A Van

There are lots of “man with a van” services in every town and city. Expect to pay around £20 an hour for the van and the driver. The drawback with this type of service is that the driver may or may not be prepared to help you with the actual moving of boxes and furniture, so this needs to be clarified when you are ringing around for quotes. Your items may not be insured when in the van being moved either, so if you have lots of valuable items or expensive furniture, this is something to think about too.

Removals Firm

Many of us hire a removal firm to help us with moving, and although it can cost considerably more than doing it yourself, the convenience can be worth the money. The costs of removals companies will depend on the size of your house and the distance you are moving. Always get at least three companies around to quote for the work, and clarify what service is being provided. You may have to pay more if you are expecting the removals firm to provide boxes or other packing materials, and if you live in a third floor flat with no lift access. Average costs are from £500 to a one bedroom house with a short distance to move, up to several thousands of pounds for a larger house.

Packing and Removal

A standard removals contract will expect you to have everything packed in boxes and ready to go when the lorry arrives. For an additional fee, some removals companies will send in a team of packers first. Again the costs for packing will vary widely depending on what items you require to be packed, how many rooms your house has and the distance of the move. Always get several quotes to allow you to make an effective comparison.

Kitchen Extension Cost

flooding kitchenICompare kitchen fitters quotes from local tradesmen across the UKf you’ve been considering extending your kitchen, then you’re not alone.

Adding a single storey extension to the back of your house is one of the most popular home improvements, and experts estimate that you can add 5% to 10% to the cost of your house with a great extension.

Even if you’ve no plans to move, a kitchen extension can provide you with much-needed additional living space, and the new permitted development rules mean that in many cases, a small kitchen extension won’t need planning permission either.

Building work can be pricey though, so it’s important to think about potential costs before you start making plans.

One of the best ways to start thinking about the potential costs of any extension is to work out what size of room you are thinking of building, and then using a cost per square metre to calculate the total bill.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors states that the average cost for a single storey kitchen extension is between £1300 and £1700 per square metre.

Under permitted development, you are allowed to extend 3 metres from the existing outside wall of the house, and many kitchen extensions are around 15 square metres.

This gives an overall price of between £19,500 and £25,500 for a kitchen extension.

This price is for the building work, electrics, plumbing and plastering – other items such as decoration, flooring and a new kitchen are going to cost more.

Cost of a New Fitted Kitchen

If you’re having a new extension built on the side or rear of the house, then it’s natural to want a lovely new kitchen to fill the space.

Costs for a new fitted kitchen can also vary enormously.

A basic fitted kitchen from a high street store or online retailer will cost you anything between £5000 and £8000.

This price may or may not include appliances such as your oven, hob or dishwasher.

If you want a bespoke kitchen built especially for you then the sky is the limit when it comes to pricing, but you can expect to pay upwards of £10,000.

Always get any quotes for kitchens and fitting in writing so you can be very clear about what is and is not included, and get quotes from a few local retailers to help you make an effective comparison of the different prices offered.

Kitchen Fitting Costs

Usually when buying a kitchen from one of the major retailers, the cost of having it fitted in your home is included in the price, or at least will be stated clearly when you make the purchase.

If you are buying a vintage kitchen, or having one specially made for you, expect to pay extra for fitting.

Always make sure that the person you approach to fit your new kitchen is skilled and has lots of relevant experience – ask for references from previous happy customers.

Expect to pay around £600 to have a small kitchen installed, up to £1500 for a much larger kitchen or one which requires specialist skills for installation.

Single Storey Extension Cost

Bricklayer setting bricks on a construction siteCompare quotes from builders across the UKAdding a single storey extension to the rear or side of the house is one of the best ways of both increasing the available living space, and adding value to your home.

A single storey extension could give you an additional bedroom, a playroom, dining room or sitting area.

Costs for any type of building work can easily spiral out of control if you have no clear indication of what sorts of costs to expect, so if you are thinking of embarking on a building project, here are some things to consider.

Average Costs of Single Storey Extension

Understanding the average cost for this type of extension will give you a starting point when thinking about costs, and looking at whether the work you are thinking about will cost more, or less.

The industry body for chartered surveyors estimates that the average single storey extension in the UK costs around £1500 per square metre of floor space. This includes foundations, walls, roof, electrical and plumbing work and plastering, but not internal decoration.

A 20 square metre extension will therefore cost on average, around £30,000. There are other factors which may increase or decrease this total cost.

What Can I Do To Decrease the Cost?

It is possible to cut the costs of a single storey extension, without compromising on the quality of the finish. Decision start at the planning stage. Curves, corners and fancy architectural features are all going to increase the build cost, so stick to as square a shape as possible.

If you can use standard sized windows and doors this will help with cost management, and you can reduce costs even further by agreeing to help the builder with basic tasks such as labouring, tiling or putting up coving and skirting boards.

Taking on the project management role on the build will take as much as 20% off the total cost, but will mean you will take on jobs such as working with the Council, buying materials and arranging subcontractors.

Think about using reclaimed or salvaged materials wherever possible as these can often be cheaper than buying new, and if you are removing old doors or windows to create the extension, consider selling these on to offset costs.

Factors Which Will Increase Costs

Kitting out your new extension can often be the expensive part of the project, and specifying expensive doors, windows, radiators or underfloor heating will boost the cost considerably. Stick to basic items, which are readily available and are competitively priced.

Try to be decisive about what you want and stick to your decisions so that you are not incurring extra costs in returning items or having builders unoccupied while waiting for things to be delivered.

Always shop around for anything you buy, and don’t be afraid to haggle with builders’ merchants over costs.

Planning and legal fees can also quickly mount up, so before getting started speak to the local Council to find out whether your extension falls under planned development rules, or whether you will need to pay for planning permission to be granted.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Costs Guide

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However often you get the vacuum cleaner out, sometimes the carpets, sofas and other items of soft furnishings in the home get grubby.

This is especially true when you have children or pets.

Cleaning carpets and upholstery isn’t a huge job.

You can transform the appearance of your home, and works out a lot cheaper than throwing out marked items and starting from scratch.

Savings can most certainly be made by cleaning up your existing carpets and upholstery rather than having to replace them in your home.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Costs - Options

There are lots of different carpet cleaning machine hire companies.

If you’re fit and healthy this is by far the most economical way to get your carpets cleaned.

Many of the hire companies have agreements with supermarkets.

The supermarket and hire company allow you to collect and return your machine locally for your convenience.

You can rent a carpet cleaning machine and get a bottle of special detergent to use in the machine for around £40 to £45 for a 48 hour period.

This will give you plenty of time to clean your carpets in every room in the house.

These machines are efficient and easy to use, and come with full instructions.

Many can also be used to clean other items such as curtains, sofas and rugs.

Make sure you have the correct type of detergent for the job.

Don’t risk trying to clean items made of materials which are not suitable for DIY cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning Costs Of Get The Professionals In

If you haven’t the time to do the job of carpet and upholstery cleaning yourself, then there are many different carpet cleaning companies who will come in and do the job for you.

This sort of company will usually quote on a “per room” basis.

The cost will vary according to how many rooms you are having done at the same time, and how large the rooms are.

Expect to pay anything between £25 and £50 per room.

Always make sure you know what the total cost is expected to be before you agree to the work being done.

If you have a large house with lots of carpets it’s worth getting a few companies to quote for the work to ensure you get the best possible price.

Upholstery Cleaning Costs

Many of the carpet cleaning machines and processes can also be used on fabric sofas.

However, depending on the detergents and chemicals used this isn’t always the case.

Check any care manual which came with your furniture, and check with the cleaning company before going ahead.

Expect to pay around £75 for a three-piece suite to be professionally cleaned.

It’s obviously cheaper to hire a machine and do the job yourself.

If your suite has removable covers, think about asking your local dry cleaner for help.

Dry cleaners will charge around £20 for dry cleaning this sort of item.

Dry cleaners are also happy to clean cushions, throws and other items of upholstery.

Some removable sofa and chair covers are suitable for washing in the machine which is the cheapest option.

Make sure you follow the care labels to the letter as you risk your covers shrinking and not fitting on the sofa if they are washed at too high a temperature.

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Electrical Safety Certificates and Costs

electrical rewiresCompare electricians quotes for bathroom electrics and other household electrical workThere are a huge number of reasons why you might be asked to supply an electrical safety certificate, and if you have no previous experience of electrical work, knowing what sort of certificate you need can be confusing. The two most common situations requiring electrical safety are when you are having building work done at home, and when you are a landlord renting out a house or flat to tenants. Electrical safety isn’t something which can be scrimped on, but you should know roughly what costs to expect.

Electrical Installations Certificates

If you are a landlord, it is your obligation to check that the electrics in your rented property are up to scratch. The obligations of the landlord are to check the sockets, light switches, wiring and consumer board to ensure they are safe, not to make sure that the appliances brought by a tenant are safe. The Electrical Safety Council recommends that an inspection of electrical installations is carried out every 5 years, and whenever there is a change of tenants. If a landlord has properties which are on short term lets and change tenants regularly, a visual inspection every six months is acceptable rather than a full inspection every time someone moves out. You can expect to pay a qualified electrician around £100 to produce an electrical condition report, and the price will increase for larger properties.

PAT Testing Certificates

Unlike the installation certificate, PAT testing is concerned with the appliances in a rented home which are owned by the landlord, such as the fridge freezer, dishwasher or smaller items like kettles and toasters. There is no legal obligation for landlords to do PAT testing, but it is good practice. Smaller, portable items should be tested every two years, larger appliances every four years. A landlord can expect to pay around £60 for PAT testing in an average house.

Part P Certificate

Part P is the part of the Building Regulations which covers electrical work in the home, even when it is updating and renewing existing wiring or electrics. There are two options for conforming to Part P – either you ask a Part P qualified electrician to do the work and supply the certificate, or you ask another electrician to do the work and get someone Part P qualified in to sign it off. Speak to your local Council’s Building Control department if you are unsure about whether the work you are planning falls into Part P regulations. When the work is completed, you should get an Electrical Completion Certificate which confirms the work meets the required standard, and a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.

As the range of work which falls under the remit of Part P is so vast, it is impossible to estimate costs for certification. Many electricians who quote for doing Part P work will include issuing certificates in the price, but always clarify that this is the case. It’s good practice to get at least three quotes to compare prices for electrical installation work to ensure you are getting the best value.

Locksmith Charges Costs Guide

coins-948603_1920We’ve all done it – lost our keys on a night out, left the keys inside the house and let the door slam.

You might have to get the locks changed after moving into a property or because of concerns over security.

Few of us have the tools and skills to be able to change the locks ourselves.

That’s why the ancient trade of the locksmith is still thriving.

Calling a locksmith isn’t something we do on a regular basis.

It’s important to have a rough idea of what to expect in terms of prices before you pick up the phone.

Call Out Charges and Hourly Rates

As with many other tradesmen, locksmiths will typically charge for coming out to your home, and then an hourly rate for the job.

Many locksmiths offer a 24 hour a day service and it goes without saying that it will cost a lot more to get someone out in the middle of the night, at the weekend or on a Bank Holiday than it will to call someone during office hours.

Before picking up the phone, think about whether your jammed lock or locks needing changed can wait until the morning.

Most locksmiths will give you a price over the phone before arriving at your house for any job, so always confirm a price up front so you aren’t in for a shock when the locksmith presents their bill.

As a very rough guide, you can expect to pay around £45-60 per hour labour rates during weekday office hours, rising to between £85 and £100 per hour overnight or at weekends.

Costs Of Replacing a Lock Cylinder

Often, the whole lock doesn’t need to be replaced if a key has become stuck or if you want to change the locks for security reasons.

Many modern locks allow you just to change the barrel – the part of the lock with the keyhole it in.

A locksmith will usually charge around £100 to remove your old lock and replace it with a new one.

Many locksmiths will not charge labour or call out charges on top of this charge, but always check what you are agreeing to before allowing the locksmith to start work.

If you are having all of the locks changed on the doors in the house, it’s simply a matter of multiplying the price per lock by the number of doors you have in the house.

Costs For Removing a Broken Key

Another common reason for calling a locksmith is because your key has snapped off in the lock and cannot be removed.

This is a relatively simple job for a locksmith with the correct tools.

More often than not means that you can keep the lock intact without having to pay to replace it too.

Expect to pay about £75-£90, including call out charges and labour, to have this done during office hours.

A similar charge will apply for a locksmith to attend your property and let you back in when you have lost your key, or allowed the door to slam and lock you out.

Electrical Safety Certificate Cost

How Much Does An Electrical Safety Certificate Cost?

An electrical safety certificate cost will very much depend upon a number of factors.

Factors Affecting Electrical Safety Certificate Costs

electrical rewires - but what does an electrical safety certificate costFirstly, as with all types of businesses, companies or sole trader electricians will have their own price ranges. You'll likely find that sole traders will charge less than companies for electrical safety certificates as naturally they have lower running and marketing costs. Whilst getting a good deal is very important, it's also key to remember that quality and legal compliance. Ensure that your electrician is qualified to issue certificates and has the most up to date accreditations needed to carry out the work. That said, don't always assume because a company is a member of x, y and z association they are better.

Secondly, prices will vary from location to location. London prices for example, will generally be higher than some of the smaller towns and villages. The cost of living and running a business is higher in e.g. London so expect to pay more. Bear in mind, if you live in a very small village or town, you can sometimes pay more (demand and supply).

Landlords in particular need to ensure compliance with electrical safety certificates on all properties that they rent out to tenants.

Ensure that your electrician is qualified and is a member of an organisation such as NAPIT, NICEIC or ELECSA.

This work needs to be carried out by a competent electrician who is accredited by an organisation such as those mentioned above.  Always ask for evidence of certification and ensure you get signed off work.

What Should You Expect To Pay?

As a ball park budget you should expect to pay anywhere between £30 - £100 for an electrical safety certificate. Shop around, check references and reviews.

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Home Security Monitoring Costs?

burglar alarm system - but what does home security monitoring costsCompare quotes from alarm engineers across the UK with Top TradespeopleHome security monitoring costs can vary as there are a range of different options for having your security system monitored remotely.

Keyholder response home security monitoring costs

keychain-214450_1280For between £25 and £30 per month on top of the price of purchasing and installing your new alarm, you can pay for the alarm to be monitored.

If your alarm is triggered, the alarm company will be notified and will then try to phone the numbers which customers have given to them.

This level of home security monitoring service does not notify the police for customers and is known as “keyholder response”.

Homeowners need to have people they can rely on to respond to a call at 3am should the alarm sound when they are away for a fortnight’s holiday.

This can be seen by customers as a main drawback as keyholders need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Police response alarms home security monitoring costs

You can take a step up from the keyholder response alarms monitoring to police response alarms home security monitoring.

Police response monitoring is a monitoring contract where the monitoring company alerts the Police for you if your alarm goes off.

Homeowners should know not all house alarms can be used on this type of home security monitoring contract.

Most monitoring companies insist you have a professional grade alarm which is professionally installed and maintained to cut down on the number of false alarms.

You will find that this also increases home security monitoring costs overall (setup costs and installation in the first place).

Expect to pay around £30 per month for your police response home security monitory costs on contract.

You should expect to pay more to have the alarm installed in the first place.

If you experience more than two false alarms over the period of your contract, the police may stop responding, so it is important that your system is reliable.

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Smartphone apps for home security

Homeowners can use smart burglar alarms to take over the role traditionally performed by the monitoring company.

You can download an app onto your smartphone which will alert you if your alarm goes off, but again this is relying on you being able to respond, or get a friend or neighbour to pop round and make sure everything is all right.

You can use certain apps to monitor who is coming in and out of your front door, or use them to remotely switch off lights or check the temperature.

You can only configure the modern digital alarms to work with a smartphone app, and if you have to buy a whole new system you can expect to pay around £500.

Apps for home security include the following:

  1. Alarm.com
  2. Canary
  3. iScentry
  4. Security Camera
  5. Dropcam
  6. Vivint
  7. AtHome
  8. Presence
  9. iCam
  10. iSmartAlarm

Prices for the apps can range from totally free, to around $199 for the higher end home security monitoring apps.

What else can a monitoring company warn me about?

smoke billowingHome security monitoring companies can not only monitor your home for intruders, but also offer you additional services to monitor your home for carbon monoxide levels or smoke.

You can minimise any damage to your property should a fire start with the addition of these services, or if you are a landlord, they can alert you to problems in a rented property.

You can expect to pay an additional £20 for each “add-on” to the standard service though, so homeowners should look to balance benefits against costs.

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How Much Do Orangeries Cost

Costs Of Orangeries

conservatoryCompare conservatory quotesYou can expect to pay £30,000 at the very least for a well-constructed and designed, but basic orangery.

Here’s three examples of orangeries in different price brackets:

Orangeries Cost - Example 4m x 3m size

Example one, 4m x 3m, £48,000 inclusive of VAT: Building work, floor to screed finish, self-cleaning glass, four double electric sockets, 12 down-lighters, one electric roof vent and one pair of French doors.

Orangeries Cost - Example 6m x 4m Size

Example two, 6m x 4m, £67,000 inclusive of VAT: Building work, floor to screed finish, plaster finish on walls and ceiling, self-cleaning glass, six double sockets, 16 down-lighters, two electric roof vents, a breakfronted design and one pair of French doors with side windows.

Orangeries Cost - Example 8m x 5m Size

Example three, 8m x 5m, £92,000 inclusive of VAT: Building work, floor to screed finish, plaster finish to walls and ceiling, self-cleaning glass, six double sockets, 22 down-lighters, two electric roof vents, breakfronted design and one pair of French doors with side lights.

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Warm Air Heating Costs

Compare quotes from heating engineers from across the UK with Top Tradespeople, tradesmen site. Get estimates for warm air heating costsWarm air heating costs.  What are they and how much is installation likely to cost?  Although it was hugely popular in the 1970s and 1980s, warm air central heating has fallen out of favour in recent years.

There are lots of advantages to this sort of domestic heating – for a start it warms your rooms quickly, and as you don’t need radiators, it takes up less space in a smaller home.

If you are thinking of replacing an existing warm air heating system with something a bit more up to date or putting in a brand new system, keep reading to find out just how much it all might cost.

What’s involved with a warm air heating installation?

One of the main benefits of a warm air heating system is that it is so quick to install when compared with other types of heating.

The boilers to heat the air are around the same size as any other boiler, and no more expensive.

Unlike a “wet” system with radiator, all you’ll need to heat your rooms is a system of pipes and vents, all of which are hidden under the floorboards and around the bottom of the walls.

Often, it takes a skilled installer just one day to install a full hot air central heating system in your home, so having the work done is a lot less disruptive than putting in other sorts of heating.

Buying a boiler for a warm air heating system and costs involved

It’s difficult to given even a rough guide of the price you can expect to pay for your boiler as there are so many different factors which will affect the price.

The main factor is the power of boiler required, which will be determined by the number of rooms you need to heat.

It’s best to get advice from a professional about this, and as people working in the trade often get a better deal on boilers, you might find it’s more economical to ask them to purchase it for you and invoice you along with installation costs.

If you are sourcing the boiler yourself, expect to pay anything upwards of £500 for a warm air heating boiler.

Remember also that this sort of heating just heats your house and not water, so you’ll have to think of another method of providing you with hot water.

Warm Air Heating Costs - Installation

The bulk of any quote for installing warm air central heating will be the costs for the workmen to do the job for you.

If you’re using gas to heat your air there is no way around getting the professionals in as only qualified people are allowed to work on gas boilers for safety reasons.

You can expect to pay on average £5000 in labour costs for having this sort of installation.

One thing that many homeowners fail to account for when installing a warm air system is the costs of ripping out the existing system and disposing of it – and if you are needing to dispose of a dozen or more radiators and associated pipework this could add to the costs considerably. Ensure that disposal is included in any warm air heating costs or quotes you ask for.

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Log Burner Installation Costs

Log burners have become increasingly popular in recent years, but if you don’t know what to expect, log burner installation costs can come as a bit of a surprise

warm house with a log burning fire but what are log burner installation costsCompare quotes from heating engineers for boilers and other heating workLog burner installation costs.

What do they involve, and how much are they?

There’s nothing quite like the glow and warmth you get from a real fire.

If what if you don’t want the mess or inconvenience associated with a coal fire?

A log burner can be a great alternative.

These burners have become increasingly popular in recent years.

fire-1391676_1920But if you don’t know what to expect, log burner installation costs can come as a bit of a surprise.

This is because in England and Wales you have to tell the local Building Control department about the installation.

Then have the burner fitted by an approved contractor.

Alternatively you have to have your work signed off.

Costs for buying a log burner

wood-1209632_1280Purchasing the log burner is just part of the cost.

However, it is the part which is easiest to research and estimate.

A basic wood burning stove can be picked up for under £200.

However, the most expensive models can easily cost as much as £2000 or more.

Think about the size of the room you are going to be heating with the log burner.

Shop around several local retailers.

Alternatively look at internet comparison sites before making your final decision.

Log burner installation costs - What costs are associated with installing a log burner?

logs-918931_1920Depending on where you’ve bought your log burner, the retailer might provide an “all in” quote.

This will include both the purchase of the burner and its installation (materials and labour).

If you are paying for both elements separately, the exact log burner installation costs will depend on the layout of your home.

How difficult it is to install the ventilation flue for the burner will also factor.

In general terms, you can expect to pay between £750 and £2000 on top of the cost of the burner itself for associated services.

These include lining the existing chimney to make it suitable for a log burner.

Costs will also involve services to ensure the hearth is fireproof and re-plastering where necessary.

If you have to buy a new hearth as well, solid stone or granite will cost more than tiles.

Always shop around to ensure you are getting the best deal for installation.

Ask for at least three quotes in writing from local plumbers to make an effective comparison.

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Grants for log burners

Government incentives and grants may be available for installing a log burner, but only for specific types.

A standalone log burner won’t qualify for a grant as these only apply to log burning stoves which provide heat to more than one room.

To qualify for a grant the burner will also need to have a back boiler to heat water too.

If you are considering installing a system like this then you may be able to apply for a grant.

If doing so, ensure it is under the Renewable Heat Incentive for grants.

Also, purchase of this type of log burner only incurs 5% VAT rather than the standard 20%.

Savings on energy bills with log burners

coins-948603_1920If you have a supply of free wood from your garden or land, you won’t pay anything for wood for your burner.

Also, you won’t be using your radiators to heat that room.

In this way heating bill savings can be made.

If you have to buy wood, you can expect to pay around £250 per year.

Take advice from the retailer or installer of your wood burning stove as to where is best locally to source fuel.

Also ask about what the expected running costs might be, and any maintenance costs.

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Lean To Extension Costs (Lean-To)

f you really love where you’re living and can’t face the prospect of moving, then adding a lean to extension to your existing property could be the ideal solution. A one storey extension often doesn’t require planning permission, and can be a great way of giving you much needed living space or can let you create that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

Architect rolls and plans blueprints home building concept which may include a lean to extension (lean-to)Compare extension builders quotesIf you really love where you’re living and can’t face the prospect of moving, then adding a lean to extension to your existing property could be the ideal solution.

A one storey extension often doesn’t require planning permission, and can be a great way of giving you much needed living space or can let you create that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

What exactly is a 'lean to extension'?

A lean to extension is one which is single storey, and “leans” against one existing wall of your home.

The roof slopes downwards from a high point against the wall of the house.

The exact design and size of the extension will depend on your needs and the planned layout.

If constructing a lean to extension to add space to a kitchen for example, you might choose to have lots of glass to bring light into the room, but you may prefer more privacy with solid walls in extra living space.

There are thousands of images and projects detailed online, so take some time to browse around and decide what you really want from your extension before taking the next step.

How much will building a 'lean to extension' cost?

Most people who build a lean to extension do so within the permitted development rules, and this means keeping the extension under 4 metres on a detached house or 3 metres on a semi-detached house or terrace.

Obviously, the larger the extension you are planning, the more you can expect to have to pay. In very general terms, the cost for a rear extension within these planning limits should cost around £30,000.

This is a substantial sum of money, so ensure you get at least three fully detailed quotes from local builders before agreeing to go ahead with the work.

Factors affecting the cost of 'lean to extensions'

Apart from the size and the added cost of going through the planning process for a larger extension, there are several other factors which you will have to think about when considering a lean-to extension.

If you are planning on using your new extension for a kitchen, remember to factor in the cost of buying a new kitchen and having it installed.

If you have opted for a solid stone construction rather than simple brick, this will also add to the overall cost. Complex electrics and plumbing requirements will also increase costs.

As every project varies, it is important to be very clear about what you need done, and ask builders to break down the costs as much as possible to allow you to both compare the quotes and add or subtract elements as your budget allows.

Finding a builder for a lean-to extension

Ideally, you should look for a builder with a proven track record of building similar extensions in your local area.

Contact three or more builders and ask them to discuss the work with you regarding your lean to extension project; some builders might be able to suggest more cost-effective options for the work or point out problems you hadn’t picked up.

Always get at least three quotes in writing and conduct all communication with your builder by email or in writing so that there is a paper trail.

Never pay the full amount for a job up front.

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Cost of Hiring an Electrician

It’s always better to get the professionals in to do any electrical work at home, and knowing what you can expect to be charged for some of the most common electrical jobs can reassure you that you are getting a good deal and professional workmanship.

Compare electricians quotes for bathroom electrics and other household electrical workCost of hiring an electrician.

What are you likely to have to pay for different electrical projects?

What about hourly rates you might pay?

electrician - but what is the cost of hiring an electricianTaking on jobs around the house by yourself to save money is an admirable tactic.

However, there are some jobs like plumbing or plastering which really need the expert touch.

When it comes to electrics though, it’s not just a bumpy wall or dripping tap you are risking by trying to take on the work yourself.

Getting it wrong with wiring can be very dangerous.

Leaving you and the rest of the family at risk of electrocution or electrical fire is likely not the way you want to go.

It’s always better to get the professionals in to do any electrical work at home.

Knowing what you can expect to be charged for some of the most common electrical jobs can reassure you that you are getting a good deal.

Hopefully professional workmanship is also important to you.

So, just what is the cost of hiring an electrician?

Cost of Hiring An Electrician - Kitchens and Bathrooms – A Special Case

Big showers credit DuPont SurfacesIn order to keep you and your family safe, the Building Control department of your local Council will want to know about some of the electrical work you are carrying out at home.

Check with your electrician whether they will need to be informed about the sort of work you are planning.

Better still, check with your local building control office yourself.

Electrical work in the kitchen and bathroom is likely to fall under these “Part P” regulations.

This means that someone with the appropriate qualifications will have to either install your new shower, cooker or light beside the sink.

You will need to get someone competent to sign the paperwork to confirm the installation has been done properly.

This could add to the cost, so it is something to be aware of if you are considering electrical work in the kitchen or bathroom in the cost of hiring an electrician.

Cost of Hiring An Electrician - Costs for Basic Electrical Jobs

Miniature House With Various Drafting Items and Plans.When it comes to small, routine electrical jobs which will only take an electrician an hour or so to do.

It’s probably not worth going through the whole process of asking electricians to submit a written quote for the work.

However, email or SMS text message is a good option when deciding which company offers best value for money.

A job such as fitting a security light on the outside of your home will cost around £100.

Fitting and checking a new electric cooker will cost around £45.

Although it’s not worth getting quotes for these low value jobs, it is always wise to explain to the electrician what you need him or her to do over the phone or on email.

Ask for a price upfront.

Even if you are quoted an hourly rate, ask how long it will take.

Small jobs like adding in a couple of extra electrical sockets or replacing a light fitting will only take an hour or two.

If you are supplying the new light fittings or sockets yourself, the price may reduce even further.

Cost Of Hiring An Electrician - More Complex Electrical Work

Shower head in bathroomSlightly more complex electrical work such as putting in a new electric shower or replacing the consumer unit in your home will take longer.

This will, as a consequence cost more.

Fitting a new electric shower and running a new cable down to the consumer unit will take around a day.

You can expect to pay around £300 if the electrician is supplying the shower.

Fitting a new consumer unit will cost around the same amount.

Landlords may require to provide an electrical safety report for a property before it is rented out.

Homeowners might commission a report before going ahead with more extensive work.

Expect to pay around £180 for a written report on the state of your home’s electrics.

Larger Electrical Jobs – Complete rewire

electrical rewiresElectrical wiring deteriorates over time.

If you are living in an older property there may come a time when you need to have the house completely rewired.

This work can be messy and disruptive.

It is sometimes better scheduled when you are having other work done too.

As well as being major work, having a home completely rewired can be expensive work.

Prices can range from £3500 for rewiring a small two bedroom terrace to £6000 or more for a large four bedroom detached house.

Prices for rewiring will vary according to the size of the house.

How easily the electrical wiring can be accessed will also be a factor.

Remember to factor in additional costs such as plastering or decorating once the rewire has been completed.
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Hourly Rate or Per Job Rate?

confident handyman portraitMost electricians will have an hourly rate of between £20 and £40.

This is a good rough starting point if you want to try to work out how much you are likely to be charged for a job.

When you are considering a bigger job though, it is always better to negotiate a price to cover the entire job.

Knowing that they are being paid when the job is complete gives the electrician the incentive to get the job completed in the most efficient manner, whereas if they are being paid a set amount for every hour they work, it could be argued that they are more likely to work very slowly.

Getting Quotes For Your Electrical Work

If you are just having a couple of sockets put in or having a security light put up outside the back door, it’s just not worth the time and effort to go through the process of gathering in written quotes.

If however you are spending £1000 or more on a rewire, or having any more extensive electrical work done, it is always wise to get written quotes.

Approach at least three local electricians to ask them to quote for the work, and make sure you always get their quotes in writing.

Look at the quotes not only in terms of who is the cheapest, and think about other issues such as reputation or how quickly they hope to get the job done.

Making Your Payments

tradespeopleNever be tempted to agree with a tradesman to do a cheaper job “for cash”.

Not only is it illegal to try to evade VAT, if the tradesman is happy to fiddle the taxman, is he perhaps happy to rip you off too?

It’s always best to have a paper trail when making a payment, so use online banking to make transfers, write a cheque, or get a signed and dated receipt if you prefer to hand over cash.

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Cost of Hiring a Plumber

What should you expect to be paying a plumber for common jobs around the house? If you have a rough idea of what you can expect to pay, then you are in a better position to know whether the plumber’s quote is reasonable.

Construction Plumbing Work

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Even those of us who are keen DIY enthusiasts draw the line and plumbing and electrics. Working with water can be messy and tricky, and if you’re not sure what you’re doing, there is every chance of you flooding the house. Far better to get in the professionals and have any repairs or installation done to a high standard. But what should you expect to be paying a plumber for common jobs around the house? If you have a rough idea of what you can expect to pay, then you are in a better position to know whether the plumber’s quote is reasonable and the general cost of hiring a plumber.

Try to Avoid Emergency Call-Outs

waterCalling out a plumber is going to be far more expensive at 2am on a Saturday than it is during regular office hours. Many plumber charge a “first hour” rate which covers their rate for attending the job, and staying for an hour. Any subsequent hours are charged at a lesser rate, and on top you will be expected to pay for labour and VAT on top. “First Hour” rates are typically around £60 to £80 during normal working hours, £80 to £100 on weekday evenings and as much as £120 to £140 at weekends. This emergency charge can add considerably to the cost of an emergency job so think whether or not there is something you can do to alleviate the problem until the morning, for example by switching the water off at the mains or putting buckets under the drip. Hanging on for a few hours could save you considerably. If you do have to call out a plumber in an emergency, ask them about their charges over the phone before you agree so go ahead so that they do not come as a nasty surprise when the plumber presents you with his bill after the job is complete. Call out charges do not generally apply when you have pre-arranged for a plumber to come in and install a bath or replace a sink.

Typical Prices for Routine Jobs

plumbing a showerIf you are getting a plumber in for a non-emergency job such as swapping over a sink or fitting a new shower, you are in a stronger position as a customer. You have the luxury of being able to shop around and look for the plumber who is offering both the best rates and the most reliable service. It’s still wise though to have a rough idea of what plumbers charge for standard plumbing jobs, and how long you can expect the job to take. For example, the cost for a plumber to supply and fit a new kitchen tap to replace one which is dripping will cost around £120, assuming you haven’t chosen a top end, designer tap. It will cost around £100 to have a new basin installed in your bathroom if you supply the basin, and £120 for the toilet. Minor jobs like fixing a dripping tap will cost around £50. Always confirm the price you are being charged up before agreeing to the plumber coming in.

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Larger Plumbing Jobs Costs

bathroom with built in furnitureWhen you’re spending larger sums of money to have your whole bathroom replaced or to create a wet room, it’s more important than ever to make sure you know what the project is likely to cost. Replacing a three piece bathroom suite, like for like, in a standard three bedroom house will set you back anything between £400 and £500, but this sum will be increased considerably if you are configuring the room at the same time and additional pipework needs to be laid, or if you are adding in extras such as an additional shower or top of the range taps. Very big plumbing jobs, such as fitting a combi boiler for central heating and all the radiators which are needed can cost £5,000 or even more. If your plumbing work involves work on your gas boiler, you’ll have to make sure you have a fully qualified Gas Safe fitter to work on the job.

How Do I Make Sure I’m Not Getting Ripped Off?

Happy Couple Dream New HomeThe overwhelming majority of plumbers and other tradespeople are trustworthy and reliable, and will complete work to a high standard, but a tiny minority of cowboys throws the whole industry into disrepute. Firstly, ask around for recommendations from neighbours or friends when you’re looking for a plumber rather than picking a name at random from the internet or phone book. Then, when you are trying to arrange for work to be done, always ask for at least three quotes from different companies to enable you to make an effective comparison. It might be worth doing a quick internet search to see if anyone has left reviews about your chosen plumber too, or ask the plumber themselves to provide references. It can be tempting these days to communicate with your plumber using your mobile to call and text, but this can backfire on you as there is no real paper trail about what was agreed and when. Always ask for quotes to be submitted in writing through the post or by email, and put your acceptance of any quote into writing too.

What is the Right Way to Pay the Plumber?

pipesIf you have called out the plumber in the middle of the night in an emergency, they will understand that you’ve not always got cash on hand to pay for the work. Many will carry hand held terminals to take card payments, and all will accept a cheque. Some may even leave you with an invoice and expect to be settled as soon as possible. For larger jobs, a plumber may ask for 10% of the money up front to allow him to buy materials or other equipment he will need, with the balance to be paid when the job is complete. That’s all very standard practice, just make sure you get a receipt if you are paying in cash. No reputable plumber will ask you to pay for all of the work before it commences though.

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Cost of Hiring a Builder

It can be almost impossible to come up with even a ball park figure for the work you’re thinking of having done. Don’t worry though, because there are a few things you can do to help get a better idea of the costs which you are facing.

Close-up of construction worker texting on mobile phoneCompare quotes from builders across the UKWe all know how much we’d expect to pay for groceries at the supermarket, or even for larger purchases like a new television or outfit for a special occasion. Building work however is a completely different matter. Having an extension built, or a loft converted, or a wall knocked down is something that we do very infrequently. Unless you work in the trade, or know how much a neighbour has paid for this sort of work recently, it can be almost impossible to come up with even a ball park figure for the work you’re thinking of having done. Don’t worry though, because there are a few things you can do to help get a better idea of the cost of hiring a builder which you are facing.

Be Clear About Project Specifications

The plan is readyBefore you even start phoning companies and asking them to quote for a job, you have to be very clear about what you want done. If you’re thinking about a loft extension, is it going to be just a bedroom, or are you considering a shower room too? Will you be asking the builder to do the painting and decorating? How many windows do you want installed? Often, this will all be covered if you are required to apply for Planning Permission or a Building Control permit, as you have to have detailed plans drawn up. For other sorts of work, make a list of the things you need your builder to do, and then when it comes to asking for quotes you will be prepared.

Do Your Research Into Builders and Building Contractors

Smiling construction worker working with laptopThe internet is a great resource for finding out all sorts of information about building and costs of hiring a builder, but has to be used with caution. Firstly, be selective about what websites you look at. There is no point in looking for costs in North America or Australia, or taking information from websites which is five or more years out of date. Remember too that builders’ own websites may want to paint a positive picture of their business, so may be selective about which prices they give. Any figure you find on the internet should be taken as a very rough estimate of costs. For example, a quick search will tell you that the average price for a loft conversion is £20,000. Depending on where in the country you live, the size of the loft and the finish you have specified, the price could easily double. Another good option for research is asking friends or neighbours who have had similar work done recently to give you a rough idea of what they paid. For a very large project, for example complete demolition of a property and rebuilding, or building of a very large extension, think about hiring a Quantity Surveyor. They usually charge per hour, or you can negotiate a per project fee up front. If you choose to use a Quantity Surveyor, ensure you work with someone who holds Chartered Surveyor status.

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Getting Quotes

tradespeopleGetting companies to provide quotes for the work you are thinking of having done is perhaps the most important part of the process. Think about what companies to approach and get recommendations from neighbours or relatives for reputable local building companies. There are various different steps in this process.

1. Start by emailing or phoning builders and explain what sort of project you are considering. Invite the builder round to look at your property and discuss ideas with you.

2. Ask all of the builders who you contact to provide quotes in writing for the work. There are two aspects to this which are important; you must ask for a detailed quote rather than an estimate, and you would like it to be in writing. Verbal quotes should not be accepted, although getting a quote by email rather than through the post is fine.

3. Look at the quotes when they come in. Most builders will provide professional, detailed quotes on headed notepaper. If you get something which looks like it’s been drawn up quickly, on plain paper, alarm bells should be ringing. Check that all of the tasks you have asked the builder to do are listed on the quote, and that VAT has been added at the bottom. If you speak to a builder who offers a cheaper job “for cash” you should also be suspicious – if they’re prepared to rip the taxman off, will they rip you off too?

4. Remember that the best quote might not be the cheapest one. A builder who has a very high reputation for reliability or quality of work might charge more, and a builder who has just had a project fall through at the last minute may lower his rates to keep busy. Weigh up all of the various factors to decide which quote is best for your project and circumstances.

5. Accept the quote. Let the builder know – also in writing – that you wish to accept their quote. Come to an agreement with the builder about when the work will start and discuss payment for the project. Many builders will ask for a small amount upfront for materials, but this should not exceed 10% of the total cost. They may also ask for staged payments as the project progresses, and this is also reasonable. Never agree though to pay the full sum before any work begins.

Managing Costs

However good your builder, and whatever the type of project, there are likely to be unexpected costs which crop up. Communication between you and your builder is key, so that you can discuss the progress of the project on a daily basis and deal with problems as they arise. If you have agreed staged payments, do this by either transferring money directly into the builder’s bank account or writing a cheque, both of which allow the payments to be easily traced. If you do hand over cash, make sure you get a signed and dated receipt.

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Plumbing Cost Guide

It’s easy to overlook the costs of getting the professionals in to do the installation, and as these costs can add considerably to the overall cost, it is important to do your research and know roughly how much you can expect to pay for typical bathroom and kitchen plumbing tasks so that you don’t overspend for the project.

plumber working on sink but at what cost? Our plumbing cost guide may help you identify prices and estimates expected on bathroom and kitchen plumbing projectsCompare plumbers quotesIf you’ve been thinking about giving your bathroom a bit of a makeover with a new bathroom suite, or putting a wet room into a new extension, then chances are you’ve already spent a lot of time looking at showers, flooring and other designer bathroom accessories. It’s easy to overlook the costs of getting the professionals in to do the installation, and as these costs can add considerably to the overall cost, it is important to do your research and know roughly how much you can expect to pay for typical bathroom and kitchen plumbing tasks so that you don’t overspend for the project.  Hopefully, our plumbing cost guide will give you some idea of how much you might be looking at when it comes to this type of work on your home.

Consider the Plumbing at the Design Stage

House PlanningWhatever you are having done, the plumbing costs will always be less when you make use of the existing pipework wherever possible. If, for example, you are planning a new kitchen, think about keeping the sink, washing machine and dishwasher in the same place and building your design scheme around that rather than moving these items around. Changing the location of sinks, toilets or other plumbed-in appliances will add hugely to the time the plumber needs to spend in your home. A plumber will charge, on average, around £30 to £50 per hour for their time, and on top of that you’ll have to meet the extra costs of buying extra pipes and connectors too.

Costs Of Replacing A Bathroom Suite

modern white bathroomOne of the most common jobs we ask a plumber to do is to rip out an old bathroom suite and replace it with something more modern. Assuming you are replacing a bathroom suite with something which is the same shape and size, uses the same plumbing connections and doesn’t leave any gaps which need tiled or plastered, you can expect to pay between £300 and £500 for the job. When speaking to your plumber about this sort of job check that any price you are quoted includes disposal of the old bathroom suite, or you will have to arrange for this yourself. If you are reconfiguring the bathroom at the same time, the price could easily double.

Costs Of Replacing a Kitchen Tap

plumbing a showerChanging the tap on your kitchen sink can give the room an instant makeover and can modernise the whole look of the room in one afternoon. There is a huge selection of modern, chrome effect taps on the market and replacing an old tap with a new one will cost you around £125, if you are asking the plumber to both supply and fit the tap. Prices will be higher if you are going with a top end designer tap which is more complicated to fit, or have opted for one of the modern taps which provide instant hot water on demand or have a built in water filter. It can also sometimes be better value to source your new tap yourself and then get someone in just to do the fitting. Just ensure that you measure the hole in your sink and buy a tap which fits perfectly into the gap.

Prices To Add an Outside Tap

It’s always useful to have a tap outside for washing cars, watering the plants or even filling the paddling pool in the summer. If you don’t have a tap outside the property already, having one installed will cost around £100, depending on where it is located. It is an easy task to fit a tap on a wall with water pipes running behind already, so the most appropriate locations are usually on a wall by the kitchen sink or close to where a dishwasher or washing machine is connected. If you are thinking about having this done, speak to your plumber about your options and ask his advice on the most convenient and cost-effective location.

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Cost Of Installing a Heated Towel Rail

Heated towel railPlumbed-in heated towel rails add a touch of luxury to any bathroom, and are a great choice for smaller bathrooms because they combine the features of a radiator with storage space for your towels. Towel rails themselves are not expensive to buy unless you go for one of the very top end designer rails, and a chrome towel rail for the average bathroom will cost between £80 and £100 to buy. You can expect to pay about the same again for having your towel rail installed, assuming of course that lifting the floor to get access to the pipes is a straightforward task. If you are told that the costs for a heated towel rail installation are high, consider switching to an electric rail which may be cheaper to install.

Plumbing Cost Of Fixing a Leaky Tap

There are few noises that are as annoying as a constantly dripping tap. As well as being annoying, experts estimate that failing to fix a dripping tap could add £100 per year onto your water bill if you are on a water meter. Fixing a dripping tap is rarely a complicated matter and is something many homeowners choose to tackle themselves. If you lack the skills or confidence to mend the kitchen or bathroom tap yourself, you can expect to pay around £50 to £100 for a plumber to fix it for you. This is one of the more straightforward jobs which plumbers are asked to do, and should take less than an hour.

Plumbing Cost Guide - Average Prices For Replacing a Water Tank

Many homeowners choose to replace their water tanks, especially older models which contain lead, or just because the metal has started to deteriorate over time. Again the exact cost for this sort of work will depend on how difficult it is to get access to the pipes for the plumber, and whether you are paying them to dispose of your existing water tank too. If you are thinking of having this done, expect to pay about £300 to have the cold water tank replaced, and £500 if the tank concerned is a hot water tank. If you need to hire a skip to dispose of the old tank and any other rubble associated with the job, you can add another £100 onto the price.

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Other Home Improvement Cost Guides & Price Guides

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Fascias and Soffit Prices

Double Glazing Costs And Prices

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Cost of Bay Windows – Bay Window Prices Across The UK

Bay windows are bigger than windows in many modern properties, and there is a general assumption that they will be more expensive and difficult to replace. But is that necessarily the case?

Cost of bay windows. If you do not have time to read our whole article, the short answer is below.

Cost of bay windows - Short answer

Prices for replacement uPVC bay windows will depend very much on the size of the window, but you can expect to pay between £1000 and £2000 for the average bay window.Compare quotes from window fitters and double glazing installers across the UK with Top Tradespeople

Wooden bay windows - the average price to replace the main panel and two side windows in the average bay will cost upwards of £3,500.

Cost of bay windows - Longer answer

One of the most distinctive features of a Victorian property is the bay window, the name given to a shaped window with one large central panel and two smaller windows to the sides.

Bay windows let in lots of light, and are a focal point for the whole room. In fact, they are such a popular design feature that bay windows are often incorporated into modern properties too.

Bay windows are bigger than windows in many modern properties, and there is a general assumption that they will be more expensive and difficult to replace. But is that necessarily the case?

The Trouble with Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

Not all buildings with bay windows are listed, and not all listed buildings have bay windows.

If however you do live in a listed building or conservation area, then you are not free to do what you like with your bay windows.

This sort of feature often has to be kept exactly the same as it was when the house was built, so your only option might be to replace original wooden sash and case bay windows with new ones made in exactly the same style –window in house - but what is the cost of bay windows uPVC replacements will be a definite no go.

Rules vary depending on the category under which your house is listed and even the area of the country where you live.

It can be very expensive to get on the wrong side of the law in respect of removing original features.

Before you even start looking around for replacement windows, get on the phone to the local Council and ask about what you are allowed to do, and what you will need to get permission for.

Remember too that nothing happens quickly when applying for planning permission for this sort of property, so you’ll have to be patient.

Cost of Bay Windows - Like for Like Wooden Replacements

Whether or not you live in a historic building or in an area where there are restrictions on what do to your property, many homeowners like the idea of replacing their property’s bay windows with the type of window which is original to the property.

In many homes with bay windows, this means sourcing wooden sash and case windows.

This type of window gives the traditional appearance to your property, and modern double glazed technology means that the new windows will keep your property very warm and draught-free.

The hardwood frames are durable, but will need more looking after than plastic frames.

Wooden bay windows don’t come cheap either.

The average price to replace the main panel and two side windows in the average bay will cost upwards of £3,500.

The costs are high due to the fact that in older homes the windows are often not standard sized and have to be made to order.  Remember also that there is a lot more work involved in cutting and shaping the wood.

Remember too that wooden bay window frames will need to be either varnished or protected to keep them weather tight.

It can also be tricky to find a company with the required skills to make hardwood bay windows in your local area, especially in more rural locations.

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uPVC Bay Windows

The invention of uPVC plastic has revolutionised the replacement windows market.

This material is hardwearing and tough, doesn’t need to be painted or varnished to keep the water out, and can work out a lot cheaper than wood too.

It’s therefore no surprise that more of us than ever are opting for uPVC windows in our homes.

There are thousands of companies across the UK which manufacture and fit this sort of double glazing, and fitting a bay window with double glazed units is just as simple as fitting any other type of window.

Prices for replacement uPVC bay windows will depend very much on the size of the window, but you can expect to pay between £1000 and £2000 for the average bay window.

If you are thinking of replacing all of the windows in the house at the same time, or even all of the windows on one floor, you are in a better position to negotiate a better deal with your chosen company so that you can get cost of bay windows down, than you are if you just replacing the bay window on its own.

If the white finish of uPVC isn’t to your taste, many companies are now doing black, wood effect or grey window frames, and opting for one of these finishes shouldn’t add too much to the overall cost.

Finding a Reputable Company to do the Job

Personal recommendation is always best when you are looking for a company to replace a bay window, or indeed any type of window.

Ask around neighbours, friends or relatives to find out which companies have a good reputation for quality in the local area.

If you are struggling to gather enough recommendations now that you have a rough idea of cost of bay windows, your next port of call should be FENSA, the UK government scheme which registers companies and window fitters who have proven they are competent in fitting windows.

Use the “find a window fitter” tool on our website to help with your search, or to check up on a company which has been recommended to you.

Ensure You Get the Right Price

Replacing the bay window is a project which is going to cost at least a thousand pounds, and as most of us have several windows replaced at the same time, you’re probably looking at a hefty cost.

Always ask at least three local window companies to measure up and give you a quote for the work. Ask them to provide you with quotes by email or post rather than relying on a verbal agreement.

Remember that the cheapest price isn’t necessarily the best; you are trying to strike that delicate balance between quality, reputation, price and how quickly the job can be completed.

Never agree to pay the whole amount to have a bay window replaced upfront, but it is reasonable for the fitters to ask for a 10% deposit, with the balance to be paid on the day the work is completed.

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Other Home Improvement Cost Guides & Price Guides

You may need other prices as well as the cost of bay windows.  Here are some other popular projects:

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Cost of Building A House

Loft Conversion Costs

Hip To Gable Loft Conversion Costs

House Extension Costs

Gas Boiler Prices

Fascias and Soffit Prices

Double Glazing Costs And Prices

Roof Repair Costs

New Roof Costs And Prices

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Asbestos Removal Costs

Conservatory Costs

Asbestos Removal Costs

Sometimes though there is no option but to have asbestos removed and as asbestos can have such serious health implications if handled incorrectly, it’s a job that we are likely to call the professionals in for. Just how much is removal of asbestos likely to cost you?

Asbestos removal costs are made up of three parts generally. Testing and surveying, removal itself and disposal of asbestos after it has been removed by a licensed disposal contractor.

Asbestos Removal Costs - Short Answer:

The average price paid by a household to remove asbestos is around £800, but with so many variables it is very important to get at least three quotes for the work to allow you to compare effectively.

Asbestos Removal Costs - Longer Answer:
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If you’ve just beasbestos removal - but once found what are asbestos removal costsen told that there is asbestos in your property and are worried about asbestos removal costs and any present dangers, don’t panic.

Experts reckon that there is asbestos present in 50% of homes in the UK, and for many of those homes the best advice will be to leave it well alone.

Asbestos was commonly used in insulation products, lagging for tanks and textured ceiling coverings, and only causes a problem when the fibres are disturbed and are released into the air.

If you have an artex ceiling for example, the best course of action is often to plaster over the top.

Sometimes though there is no option but to have asbestos removed and as asbestos can have such serious health implications if handled incorrectly, it’s a job that we are likely to call the professional licensed asbestos removal contractors in for.

Just how much are asbestos removal costs likely to set you back?

Asbestos Survey Costs

The first cost you come up against when dealing with asbestos is the cost of having a professional survey carried out.

Asbestos was used in so many building materials that it can be extremely difficult to work out where in the home it might be, even for the professionals.

If you are planning a complete renovation of an older home then you will be obliged to get an Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey done.

A specially trained asbestos surveyor will go round your property, examining its construction and taking samples for testing. He will then issue a report based on his findings.

This will cost you around £250.

If your property is larger than average, more samples may need to be taken which will increase costs.

Always ask your surveyor for a quote or for a fixed price for the job before agreeing to go ahead and have any type of survey done.

If however, you are living in a property which was built after 1999 you can rest assured that your home is asbestos-free, as this is the year in which the product was banned in the UK.

Encapsulation Costs

The next steps will depend on what your surveyor discovers in your home. Sometimes, the best course of action will be encapsulation.

This process involves sealing the asbestos in place in the house without removing it, and avoids the huge levels of disruption and mess involved with pulling down ceilings or removing a garage.

This is a specialised process which uses special adhesive products to cover the asbestos-containing products completely, and stop and risk of fibres escaping into the air.

If this is the course of action recommended by the surveyor, you can expect to pay around £8 per square metre to have your ceilings or walls treated.

This is a much more cost effective solution than tearing ceilings or walls down and then also having to meet the cost of replacing them once the asbestos has been gone.

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Asbestos Removal Costs

Asbestos tape accross plastic containment areaIf the survey recommends that any asbestos in your property removed, asbestos removal costs can be substantially more.

Costs will vary depending on many factors.

In larger cities, you may be able to get a better price just because there are more skilled contractors who hold the appropriate licence competing to do the work.

Prices will also vary depending on where in the house the asbestos is located, and how easy it is for the contractors to get access to the asbestos materials.

The average price paid by a household to remove asbestos is around £800, but with so many variables it is very important to get at least three quotes for the work to allow you to compare effectively.

Costs can often be much higher; the average cost for having a garage which contains asbestos demolished and removed can easily cost £2500 or more.

Make doubly sure that any contractor who you are approaching to quote for removing asbestos; if you are searching online for contractors in your area look on the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) website to find licensed firms locally.

Asbestos Disposal Costs

Normally, when you are using an approved and licensed contractor to remove your asbestos, the price you are quoted for the job will include disposing of the affected materials.

If not, you will have to arrange for disposal yourself.

As asbestos has the potential to be dangerous, it is not as simple as loading up the car with rubbish bags and taking them to the local recycling centre.

Asbestos management is dealt with by the local Council, so look at the waste and recycling pages of your local Council’s website to see what the arrangement is in your area.

For example, in Manchester there is no charge for disposing of asbestos, but it has to be properly wrapped in heavy duty plastic.

In West London, you will be charged £55 for weights of up to 200kg, and you need to make an appointment with the recycling centre.

Birmingham offers a free collection service for small quantities of domestic asbestos. Do your research and know what the picture is locally.

Additional Asbestos Removal Costs

If you have been told that there is asbestos which requires to be removed from your home, then the actual costs of getting an approved asbestos removal company in are just the start of the costs you may face.

Depending on how extensive the asbestos is in the home, you might have to move the family out for a week or more while the work is carried out.

If the asbestos is in the walls or ceiling, once removed you have the costs of replacing the ceiling, replastering and decorating.

All of these extra costs can quickly mount up.

However, once you have gone through the process of removing the asbestos, your home will probably increase in value as many buyers are reluctant to purchase a property with a known asbestos problem, and knowing all asbestos has gone will give you peace of mind too.

Never be tempted to try to cut asbestos removal costs by removing asbestos yourself when a survey has recommended otherwise; the health implications for you and everyone else in the house can be fatal.

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Other Home Improvement Cost Guides & Price Guides

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PV Solar Panels Prices (Photovoltaic)

Solar panels have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and as more of us have installed them on our homes, the price has come down too

Man installing alternative energy photovoltaic solar panels on roof but what are PV solar panels prices like?Compare quotes for solar panels from contractors and companies across the UKSolar panels have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and as more of us have installed them on our homes, the price has come down too.

Photovoltaic solar panels work by taking the energy from light or sunshine and converting it into electricity which can then be used to run lights or any other sort of domestic appliances.

Any energy you generate through your solar panels will reduce your electricity bills accordingly, and if you are generating more than you us, you can sell the surplus back to the National Grid.

Solar panels don’t need strong sunlight to function properly, and will eventually “pay for themselves” through savings on your energy bills.

Government grants for installing solar panel technology have been decreased in recent years but installing solar panels can still be cost effective, and can help you to do your bit to save the planet too.

How many panels on the roof?

The first main variable affecting the price of solar panel installation on your property will be the roof space you have available, and the number of panels which you are thinking about having.

It is not as simple as saying that twelve solar panels on the roof will be twice as expensive as having six – much of the cost of installing the panels is down to labour, connecting them up and erective scaffolding, so the additional cost for each extra panel comes down.

In terms of getting the maximum output and efficiency from your new solar panels it is always best to have as many as you can fit onto the roof.

As a very rough guide, installation of solar panels on an average three bedroom semi-detached house will cost anything between £6000 and £9000.

Always make sure you get at least three quotes from local installation companies before agreeing to go ahead with any work, and make sure you do your homework about how much power you can expect to generate, and what reduction you can expect to see on your electricity bills.

The average lifespan of solar panels is around 20 years, so once you have established where your breakeven point is, you can estimate your total profit.

If, for example, your solar panels will take 13 years to pay back what they cost, you can reckon on seven years of profit from your panels.

Paying for PV Solar Panels – a Balancing Act

Every home is different, houses face in different directions, and the energy generated from your solar panels could be hugely different depending on whether you live in Truro or Inverness.

Although the cost of installation in the north of Scotland and the south of England may be broadly similar, the difference in the amount of electricity generated can be substantial.

For example, a typical household in the London area which installs solar panels on the roof could expect to save £650 on their energy bills every year, through a combination of reduced payments, and earnings from the feed-in tariff for exporting electricity back to the National Grid.

For an identical installation in the Central Belt of Scotland, the savings are £500.

Still substantial, but the difference means that the further north you live, the longer you will take to reap the benefits from your solar panels.

If your home is not directly south facing, and you live in the north of the UK, your money could possibly be better spent improving the energy efficiency of your home in other ways, such as by investing in additional insulation, or by fitting new double glazing.

Consider all of your options and look at independent websites to get an idea of cost savings rather than relying on data from installers, who have a vested interest in selling you something.

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I’ve Seen An Advert For Free Solar Panels – What’s the Catch?

Some smart companies are taking advantage of the interest in solar panels by offering you the opportunity to put solar panels on your home free of charge.

You benefit from any savings on your electricity bills from using the energy from the panels, but you will not get any payments from the feed-in tariffs for excess energy.

The company which installed the panels will also take care of the maintenance and upkeep.

This can be a great way of reducing the price of your panels, but there are several issues which can be sticking points.

Firstly, you have to get the agreement of your mortgage company if you do not own your home outright, and this is not always granted. It can also cause problems when you are trying to sell your property as if the buyer doesn’t agree to taking on the panel contract, you’ll have to pay to have them removed.

Consider also what happens if the solar panel company goes out of business – who maintains your panels then? For some people the “free panel” offer will be a great opportunity, but it has to be considered very carefully.

Who Should Install my Solar Roofing Panels?

The choice of who you get to install your panels will also be affected by where you live.

If you live along the south cost of the UK where panels are popular, there are lots of companies competing for the business.

Your choice may be much more restricted if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Getting recommendations from friends and family is always the best way of finding a trustworthy and reputable company, but this isn’t always easy.

If you are struggling to find enough people with personal experience of solar panel companies, look for a firm which is a member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

This is an official body which guarantees that both the company which is installing your panels and the panels themselves are up to scratch and will perform to standard.

Also check the Renewable Energy Association for details of companies which have been shortlisted for their annual awards which recognise manufacturing and service excellence in this sector.

  • Always remember that PV solar panels prices can vary and that it is recommended by consumer associations that homeowners compare several quotes before choosing a company or installer

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Solar Panel Installation Costs

While it may be true that the price of solar panels has been coming down in recent years, costs of installation have remained fairly static. If you are thinking of fitting solar panels to the roof of your property don’t just look at the price of buying the actual panels

solar panel installation costs - what might homeowners be expected to pay?Compare quotes for solar panels from contractors and companies across the UKWhile it may be true that the price of solar panels has been coming down in recent years, costs of installation have remained fairly static. If you are thinking of fitting solar panels to the roof of your property don’t just look at the price of buying the actual panels; this sort of installation is a skilled job and you will need a reputable fitter to carry out the work for you. Before you start looking around on the internet and asking friends and family for recommendations, it’s always a good idea to work out a ball park figure for having your solar panels installed as a starting point. Remember too that installing solar panels isn’t always something you have to have ready cash for as many companies offer finance which will help towards spreading the costs.

PV Solar Panels Installation

By far the most common type of solar panels fitted to homes and businesses in the UK are photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. These panels are completely flat, and work best when fitted to a roof which is south facing. They can also be fitted to roofs facing west or east, but will not generate as much electricity. The panels convert the heat and light from the sun into electricity, which is used to run domestic appliances and lighting. If you generate more electricity that your house is using at that point, the surplus is fed into the national supply, and you are paid for every unit you export. There is a second type of solar panel which looks like lots of tubes fixed to the roof and this sort of panel is used to heat water. Although this sort of panel is popular in continental Europe where the sunshine is more reliable, they are uncommon here in the UK and there are far fewer companies installing and manufacturing them. So let’s look at how much you can expect to pay for PV solar panels to be installed on your roof.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Solar Panel Installation

One of the main factors which affects how much you’ll be charged to install your solar panels is where in the country you live, and how many companies there are competing for your business. Solar panel uptake has been highest in the south of the UK, so if you live in the London area, Sussex or Kent, you will have many different suppliers to choose from and this level of competition helps to keep prices as low as possible. In contrast, if you live in rural areas of Wales or Cumbria, there may be only one company supplying solar panels within 100 miles of your home, and if you try to deal with one further afield they will add on extra costs for travelling. There is no real way round this additional cost, but it is certainly worth bearing in mind when you are looking for “average” prices for solar panel installation. Think also about the access to your roof – how easy is it for a company to erect scaffolding? If you live on a house without a front garden, it may be awkward. If your house is particularly tall or large you may need more scaffolding, which will again bump up the overall price. On the other hand, if you get together with a few neighbours and all agree to go ahead and have solar panels installed on your properties at the same time, this could lower the cost per house.

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Average Prices for Solar Panel Installation

As discussed above, any average prices should be taken as a broad indication of the price you might expect to pay rather than a hard and fast rule to stick to. Also bear in mind that as the bulk of the cost for your solar panel installation is for the labour rather than the cost of the panel, it is not the case that 12 solar panels will cost twice as much as 6. As a rough indication, for 6 solar panels placed on the roof of a small terraced house which generate 1.7 kilowatts of electricity, you can expect to pay around £4800. For 14 panels on the roof of a large, detached property which generate 4 kilowatts of electricity, the price is around £6000. So it makes sense to put as many panels on the roof as you can – any reputable installer will be able to make recommendations about how many panels your should purchase based on the type of property and the strength of your roof.

How do I Decide Which Company Should Install My Solar Panels?

As with any job around the house, it’s always best to get recommendations from other people locally about which company to use. If you don’t know anyone who has had solar panels installed, use websites like TopTradespeople to narrow the search. Also check out the website of the Solar Trade Organisation, which works to promote best practice in the industry and has a list of approved members which you can search through. Be wary when looking online of relying solely on reviews posted on the internet as these are notoriously easy to fake and may not give the true picture of how a company operates.

Even if you think you have found a few companies which are reputable and seem appropriate, always ask for at least three quotes in writing. Be very clear with each company about how many panels you want, and how they should be positioned on the roof. Once you have the quotes through the post or on email, you should be able to compare the quotes and weigh up which is the best option for you in terms of both price, reputation and service. Accept any quote in writing too; that allows all parties to know exactly where they stand. Never pay the full cost for having your solar panels installed up front. Many companies will ask for a 10% deposit when you agree to have the work done, with the balance to be paid on the day of installation or shortly afterwards.

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Solar Panel Prices

Over the last decade, solar panels have become the “must-have” item for the environmentally friendly homeowner. Solar panels have been appearing on roofs from Inverness to Plymouth, with homeowners encouraged to make the move into microgeneration by a series of government schemes and incentives to help both fund the installation of the panels in the first place, and provide a regular income from any extra energy which is generated and exported to the national electricity supply. Although incentives have been cut back drastically in the past couple of years there is no indication that the solar panel industry is slowing down, and the panels themselves are becoming increasingly affordable. If you are thinking about putting solar panels onto your property, there are a few key concepts to understand first.

solar panel - what prices?Now that you have an idea of solar panel prices compare quotes for solar panels from contractors and companies across the UKOver the last decade, solar panels have become the “must-have” item for the environmentally friendly homeowner.

Solar panels have been appearing on roofs from Inverness to Plymouth, with homeowners encouraged to make the move into micro-generation by a series of government schemes and incentives to help both fund the installation of the panels in the first place, and provide a regular income from any extra energy which is generated and exported to the national electricity supply.

Although incentives have been cut back drastically in the past couple of years there is no indication that the solar panel industry is slowing down, and the panels themselves are becoming increasingly affordable.

If you are thinking about putting solar panels onto your property, there are a few key concepts to understand first.

Different Types of Installations And Solar Panel Prices To Compare

There are two main types of solar panels sold in the UK, and both work in very different ways.

  • Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels: these are the most common types of solar panels. When fitted to the roof, they take the light from the sun and convert it into electricity, which is then used to run lights and other electrical appliances in the home. This type of solar panel is also sometimes known as a flat plate solar panel.
  • Thermal solar panels: these are also sometimes known as evacuated tubes or vacuum tubes and work in a very different way to the PV panels.   They do not convert the light into electricity but instead use the heat generated by the light falling onto the tubes to heat your water. Depending on how large and efficient the system is, they may also be used to supplement central heating or underfloor heating.

Vacuum Tube Solar Panel Prices

This type of solar panel is more expensive to install and not as lucrative to run, which perhaps explains why it has not proved as popular as the PV type of solar panel.

A typical installation on a property will cost about £5000, and you can expect the panels to provide between a third and a half of your family’s hot water, potentially saving you £65 a year.

The disadvantages are that you will probably still need to use the boiler or immersion heater to heat the water to a usable temperature, and when the weather is cloudy the panels will heat the water even less.

The government’s renewable heat incentive (RHI) which used to give generous grants towards the installation and running of this type of energy has been gradually reduced, and this makes solar of any type a less attractive option.

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panel Prices

Prices have been coming down for PV solar panels over recent years as more homeowners invest in the technology and manufacturers are able to produce larger quantities of panels.

The solar panel industry really took off in 2010 when the government introduced the feed in tariff (FIT) which paid homeowners for every unit of electricity which their solar panels generated.

When introduced first, the payments for generating electricity meant that the panels could pay back their installation costs in as little as 7 years, and with the average lifespan of panels currently around 20 years, this was a profitable option.

As the incentive has decreased the length of time it takes for panels to pay for themselves has increased, and could now be as much as 14 years. It’s therefore very important to do all of the calculations before committing to go ahead with the installation of your panels.

For a typical three bedroom semi-detached house, you can expect prices to be in the region of £7,500 to have photovoltaic solar panels put on the roof.

This covers the cost of buying the panels, any work needed to strengthen your roof, labour costs and the costs of any scaffolding.

If you can persuade your neighbour to have solar panels put on their roof at the same time, this could cut the cost for both of you.

Costs will also be affected by where you live in the country; in areas such as Sussex or Devon where uptake of solar panels has been high there are many more firms competing for the business then there are in Aberdeen, for example.

If your roof is particularly difficult to access then this will bump up the price too.

Because costs can vary so much, it’s very important to get quotes from at least three local installers so that you can make an effective comparison and ensure you are getting the best value for money.

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Feed In Tariff – Be Wary

One of the main reasons why there has been such a rush to install solar over the past few years is due to the feed in tariff, whereby homeowners are paid for every unit of electricity which their panels generate.

Since 2010, the rates paid have decreased by two thirds, and as with any government scheme there is no knowing what will happen in the future.

At present, homeowners who sign up and have their panels installed between certain dates are guaranteed to receive the feed in tariff which applied at that time, but again this is more a “gentleman’s agreement” than a binding contract and could easily be reversed by a government in the future.

Never invest in solar technology which stretches your finances to the limit in the hope of recouping the money within a certain time period.

The Free Solar Panels Offer

Some companies on the market are offering homeowners free solar panels, on the understanding that the homeowners benefit from the electricity generated, but that the company earns from the extra electricity exported to the grid.

For some people this will be a great offer, but make sure you understand the legal position fully, especially regarding what happens if you want to sell your property and the new owner isn’t keen on the idea of taking over the solar panel contract.

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Cost of Home CCTV Systems

Being on camera is enough of a deterrent alone to get most burglars to move on to an easier target, and if they do still go ahead and break in, the film evidence gives a better chance of catching the thieves. But is the cost of CCTV systems too expensive for the average home?

burglar alarm system but what is the cost of home CCTV systems across the UK?Compare quotes from alarm engineers across the UK with Top TradespeopleCost of home CCTV systems.  You can expect to pay upwards of £1,500 for a CCTV system for a 3 bedroom semi-detached house, plus installation and recording equipment.

According to recent statistics, crime is on the decrease. We are safer than ever living in the UK, but many don’t feel safe, especially at home.

Burglary is still one of the most common types of crime.

If you know someone who has been burgled, you’ll know how distressing the experience is.

Technology can be of assistance when it comes to protecting your house from unwelcome attention.

One of the best security measures is having a CCTV system installed to provide monitoring over your property at all times.

Being on camera is enough of a deterrent alone to get most burglars to move on to an easier target.

If they do still break in, the film evidence gives a better chance of catching the thieves. But is the cost of home CCTV systems too expensive for the average domestic property?

Crime Prevention Audit

The first step in buying a CCTV system for your home is to undertake an audit to work out how many cameras you need, and where they should be located.

A poorly-positioned CCTV camera, not focused on weak points of your property is almost as useless as no CCTV at all.

Local Community Police Officers offer free crime prevention checks in your home to identify weak points and suggest appropriate security measures.

They may give guidance about how many CCTV cameras you need, and where to locate them.

Companies which sell CCTV systems provide a similar service, but bear in mind their aim is to maximise your spend so might not be as impartial.

Once you have a general idea of how many cameras you need and where they should be located, you can shop around for the best deal.

Camera Cost Of Home CCTV Systems

Your first cost is the cost of the cameras. Prices range from basic cameras with infra-red night vision costing £30, to high definition cameras at £150.

The very basic cameras are probably best avoided by you as picture quality is rarely good enough for crime detection.

At the other end of the scale, the very high resolution cameras can add to your costs considerably when you are buying several of them.

A mid-range camera is probably sufficient for most standard domestic installations.

You should ensure whatever type of camera you choose it is vandal proof. Footage should be time stamped to prove the time an event happened.

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Wired or Wireless?

Traditionally, CCTV systems were hard wired. Every camera was connected to the house’s electricity supply for power, and pictures fed down wires to a central recording box.

Modern technology means wireless CCTV digital cameras are available for homeowners.

These are easier to install and less disruptive too as wireless systems mean you don’t need wires running around the walls inside.

A wireless system is more expensive for you though as cameras cost more than standard wired ones and can be prone to interference from your other home electronic devices.

A digital system which saves footage to a hard drive or computer in your home could let you access the system when on holiday or away from home.

With limited server space, you should think about motion-sensor cameras which start recording when someone walks past.

You should get professional advice from a range of CCTV providers before choosing a system appropriate for you, given budget and type of property.

DIY Option for Installing your CCTV

You can buy basic CCTV systems with a couple of cameras and recording equipment from main DIY stores for around £250.

If you have tools and knowledge needed to put the cameras up (and recording) in the right locations then this could be all you require.

If you live in a block of flats with a CCTV system inside then an additional couple of cameras for inside the property could be sufficient.

If you audit your property and find you need something complex such as motion sensitive or night vision cameras, get specialists in to supply and fit equipment for you.

Overall Cost Of Home CCTV Systems

The cost of getting home CCTV systems installed in your house will vary.  This depends on whether you opt for analogue or digital system, wired or wireless,

The number of cameras needed and their location will have a role to play in costs of your home security system.

It is important you speak to a few local security companies to get quotes.

Ask them to survey your property and submit formal written quotes.

This process makes it easier for you to compare costs for your home CCTV system and decide best value for money offered.

You can expect to pay upwards of £1,500 for a CCTV system for a 3 bedroom semi-detached house, plus installation and recording equipment.

If your home is larger, or you need state of the art equipment and the best cameras on the market, expect to pay much more.

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Cost of Wireless Alarm Systems

As wireless house alarm systems are much simpler to install than traditional wired systems, installation charges are generally less. The exact cost will depend on the size of your house, the number of infra-red detectors you are thinking about installing and whether you are opting for a monitoring package or not

burglar alarm system but what is the cost of wireless alarm systems for homeowners?Compare quotes from alarm engineers across the UK with Top TradespeopleThe installation cost of wireless alarm systems is generally less than that of traditional wired systems as they are usually much simpler to install for engineers.

Cost of Wireless Alarm Systems

The exact cost will depend on the size of your house, the number of infra-red detectors you are thinking about installing and whether you are opting for a monitoring package or not. As a rough guideline, a very basic system to alarm the front door only will cost you about £60, with prices rising to £350 for a full home alarm system with top quality infra-red detectors. In terms of the monthly monitoring packages, with regards to the cost of wireless alarm systems you can expect to pay around £20 per month for a company to take on the monitoring and maintenance of your house alarm, assuming your alarm has been professionally installed and meets the company’s requirements. Usually it is more cost effective to buy the alarm, installation and maintenance package at the same time from the same provider so that everything conforms to their standards. This is a competitive market place and there are many different companies providing the service, so never go with the first company you speak to if you want to keep the cost of wireless alarm systems supply and installation down. Always get at least three alarm engineers quotes to help you compare both prices and service packages, and always get any agreement on prices in writing. You may find that you eventually choose to accept the first quote, but it is important that you have something to compare your received estimates with.  Finally, remember to speak to your home insurance provider as a professionally installed and maintained alarm could reduce your monthly premiums.

Although crime figures throughout the UK have been on a downward trend in recent years, the crime of burglary remains the one which most of us are afraid of and fitting a home security system could be considered high on a list of homeowner priorities, with some considering wireless.  Having your house broken into is upsetting and hugely stressful, and even if you are covered by insurance it can be difficult to feel safe in your home again. One of the simplest methods of giving your family peace of mind is to install an alarm system. This will provide both a very visual deterrent to any potential burglars as well as alerting you, your neighbours or the Police should someone break into your property. So if you are considering ramping up the security around your property, what should you be looking for and how much is the cost of wireless alarm systems?

What should I look for in an alarm system?

Whatever the brand and however expensive, wireless alarm systems feature the same basic components. The first component is the piece of electronic kit which notices someone has broken into your house. This is called a passive infra-red detector, or PIR. When the alarm is set and something passes in front of the detector, this triggers the alarm. You will need several of these PIR units, and will also probably need advice on where to locate them. As a minimum, it is usually recommended that PIR units are placed in ground floor rooms and hallways and on upstairs landings. The size and layout of your house will therefore determine how many PIRs you will need. The second part of the alarm system is either a box which sounds a loud bell, alerts a security firm, or does both. This box is usually put on the outside of your house in a visible location to deter the thieves. Opting for a system which alerts a security company is more expensive, but might get you a discount on your home insurance, so this will help offset the cost a little. The final thing you will need is the control panel which allows you to alarm certain parts of the house only (e.g. you can set the alarm downstairs only when you are asleep upstairs). This box is usually located by the front door or in the cupboard under the stairs.

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Benefits of a wireless system

Installing an alarm in the house used to mean putting up with an engineer crawling all over the house running various cables from the PIR units to the alarm box and the connection box. This was expensive and disruptive and could also limit where in the house you could place the infra-red detectors. A wireless system is just that; there are no wires between the control box, the detectors and the bell, and this makes the whole system much quicker to install. A wireless alarm can be moved around easily, or even taken with you if you decide to move house. Also if there are no wires connecting your alarm components together then there are no wires to be cut, and this can make the system more difficult to tamper with. There are so many clear benefits to installing a wireless alarm system compared to a traditional hard wired system that it is hardly surprising that these are becoming the default option for many homeowners.

Do you require a professionally maintained alarm?

The most basic type of alarm will ring a bell when triggered. This is the most popular type of alarm, and the cheapest, but it does have its drawbacks. Surveys have found that many of us just ignore alarms when we hear them ringing, so this may not be the best choice if you live somewhere without a neighbourhood watch scheme, or where you don’t know many of the other people living in your street. Many more sophisticated alarms will alert a monitoring company who will send someone round to investigate, and this service means you will have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to the monitoring company. Built-in with these sorts of monitoring packages is often an annual inspection and maintenance package for your alarm to check that it is working properly and to cut down on false call outs. This is the sort of arrangement which will potentially decrease your insurance premiums though, so the cost can be partially offset. A second option with wireless alarms is to have an alarm which is programmed to text or call a nominated person if the alarm is triggered and this is a cheaper option than using a monitoring company. Look at the various alternatives on the market considering your home and neighbourhood to decide which option is best for you.

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What Does Asbestos Testing Involve and How Much Does it Cost?

The very word asbestos is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many homeowners. Although adding asbestos to building materials in the UK has been banned since 2000, it is estimated that 50% of homes in the UK contain asbestos in some shape or form. We associate asbestos with ill health and danger, and it’s certainly true that for people who were exposed to asbestos fibres during their working life, asbestosis and a specific form of lung cancer called mesothelioma is a real problem.

Asbestos tape accross plastic containment areaCompare asbestos removal quotes from companies and contractors UK wide with Top TradespeopleThe very word asbestos is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many homeowners. Although adding asbestos to building materials in the UK has been banned since 2000, it is estimated that 50% of homes in the UK contain asbestos in some shape or form. We associate asbestos with ill health and danger, and it’s certainly true that for people who were exposed to asbestos fibres during their working life, asbestosis and a specific form of lung cancer called mesothelioma is a real problem. Since 2000 when asbestos use was banned in the UK, there have been many laws and guidelines passed to help homeowners firstly work out whether or not they have asbestos present in their home, and if they do, how best to deal with it. So, what does asbestos testing involve and how much does it cost may be a question on your mind.

One of the first steps in this process is having a survey and tests done to work out exactly what you’re dealing with.

Getting a Survey Done

asbestos removalThere are two main types of surveys for asbestos in a property. The first is known as an Asbestos Management Survey, and before a recent legislation change was also known as a Type 1 or Type 2 asbestos survey. This is the type of survey you’d have done if you were thinking of perhaps doing some sort of renovation in the future and wanted to find out what the situation was in terms of asbestos. The other type of survey is a Refurbishment or Pre-Demolition Survey, previously known as a Type 3 survey. This differs as it is commissioned once you have decided to go ahead with a programme of renovation or demolition, and gives specific advice on how asbestos will affect the building work being planned. Whatever type of survey you need, a specialist surveyor who is trained in identifying asbestos will be needed to carry out the work.

Identifying Asbestos and Testing For It

However good and experienced your surveyor, he would struggle to positively identify every instance of asbestos containing materials in your home. This is because asbestos was used extensively throughout the 20th century in everything from cement or concrete guttering to boiler insulation and textured ceilings. The sheer number of forms in which asbestos is found means that although a surveyor will be able to identify the types of asbestos which they come across most often fairly quickly, they will want to commission tests to check whether boards or a textured ceiling which they haven’t seen before contains asbestos or not because this will affect their recommendations about how it is removed. Many quotes for doing an asbestos survey include some laboratory testing, with additional tests costing extra.

The surveyor is the person who will carry out the testing for asbestos in areas where he suspects it may be present. As long as he follows the appropriate safety precautions such as damping down the area which he is taking the sample from and sealing samples in plastic bags, there is no risk to anyone living in the house of having the testing done. Remember, specialist asbestos surveyors are doing this sort of work all of the time and know what they are doing. Once the samples have been removed from your house and labelled, they will then be sent off to a laboratory for chemical testing. The results of these tests will determine how the surveyor suggests you deal with your asbestos.

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How Much Will all of This Cost Me?

Asbestos surveyors know that in all probability they will have to sample at least a couple of areas when they do an asbestos survey in your home, so it is common practice to include the cost of a couple of tests in with the overall survey price or around £250. If it is not explicitly stated that your quote includes testing, then query it with the company who are providing the quote. They should also state the charges for additional tests should they be necessary. This is typically on a sliding scale, so the more tests you need run, the lower the price per test. If you are ordering one additional test, this might cost around £20 plus VAT. If you are living in a particularly large property or one with many areas which may contain asbestos, the unit charge for 25 or more tests could be as low as £9 per test. Always get prices for tests in writing before agreeing to any work or tests during a survey. The average cost for having the asbestos survey itself done is around £250, but this will again vary depending on how large and complex your property is. Get all quotes in writing and contact at least three local asbestos surveying companies for prices to make sure you are getting the best value for money.

Next Steps

The report which you receive from the company which carried out the asbestos survey will give general advice on how you should manage any asbestos on your property. There are three possibilities. Firstly, that there is either no asbestos present, or that the asbestos in your property is in good condition and is best left alone. Secondly, it may flag up that there is asbestos present but it is in good condition, and that you can remove it yourself without having to get a professional asbestos removal company in. This is called non-licensable work. The worst, and most expensive scenario is that the survey finds substantial quantities of asbestos, in poor condition, which needs professional removal. As well as being very expensive to have this work done, you may have to move out of the property completely while the asbestos is cleared and your property is decontaminated. So depending on what your survey and testing report reveals, you might face rethinking your plans for extension completely, or be landed with a hefty bill. Either way, it’s important to know where you stand, given the very real health risks associated with asbestos.

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Asbestos survey – what does it involve and how much does it cost?

Asbestos is a perfect example of the rule that natural doesn’t always equate to beneficial. Asbestos is a great fire retardant material which was routinely added to building materials for much of the 20th century

Asbestos tape accross plastic containment area. What is an asbestos survey and how much does it cost?Compare asbestos removal quotesAsbestos survey - what does it involve and how much does it cost?  Asbestos is a perfect example of the rule that natural doesn’t always equate to beneficial. Asbestos is a great fire retardant material which was routinely added to building materials for much of the 20th century, until its use was finally banned in the UK in 2000. If your house was built before this time, then there is an approximately 50/50 chance that it contains asbestos somewhere, usually hidden away in insulating boards or textured ceiling coatings. The reason that asbestos was banned in the UK is because of the associated health risks; exposure to asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis and a form of cancer called mesothelioma, both of which can be fatal. So if you are planning on renovating your house, knocking down that 1950s cement garage or just getting rid of the dated textured finish on your lounge ceiling, it’s important to know whether or not you’ll have to contend with asbestos.

Asbestos Management Survey

There are several different types of asbestos survey available, which go into varying levels of depth about where the asbestos is located and how it should be tackled. Prices also vary according to how in depth the survey is and how large the property is which is being surveyed. The most basic type of report is an Asbestos Management Survey. A properly qualified and expert surveyor will come into your home and inspect the areas where he expects to find asbestos, given the age and the style of the property. There is very little in the way of drilling and sampling, and as such having this sort of survey is not disruptive. The aim of this sort of survey is establishing whether or not there is asbestos and pointing out to the householder what sort of activities could cause problems with the asbestos in the future. If you’re considering building an extension or converting a loft, this might be the sort of survey which is recommended as it provides information to allow you to make decisions about the most appropriate course of action. Expect to pay anything between £170 and £350 for this sort of survey depending on the part of the country where you are located and the size of your property.

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Asbestos Refurbishment and Pre-Demolition Survey

This is the sort of survey you need if you have already decided to knock down your old cement built garage or renovate an aged property and want to know where the asbestos is, and more importantly, how to have it removed safely. This is a more focussed approach to a survey and the surveyor will pay far more attention to the areas of the house which are going to be affected by the work you have proposed. It may well involve the drilling of inspection holes or the removal of small samples of material thought to contain asbestos for testing. It is therefore a little bit more intrusive and noisy. Once you receive the results of the sampling and the written report from the asbestos surveyor, you will know what sort of asbestos you have in the house, what condition it is in, and how the law stands in terms of having it removed. This is important as the law states that asbestos panels which are intact can be removed by the householder, whereas asbestos materials which have started to degrade or break up have to be removed by professional contractors, which obviously adds to your cost.

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Asbestos Survey What Does It Involve When Sampling for Asbestos?

Depending on what the surveyor discovers when inspecting your property, he or she may recommend that your requirements involve a process called sampling as the next stages.  This means that samples of materials are taken and sent off to the lab for proper testing.

Asbestos was added to so many different building materials that it can be almost impossible to tell whether something has asbestos in it just by looking.

Often the cost of taking a couple of samples is included in the cost you are quoted for the survey, but sometimes it is charged separately.

Make sure you are aware of what the quote covers when you are trying to compare costs of having your asbestos survey done.

A single additional asbestos sample will cost around £20 to have analysed, and as you have more samples done, the unit price decreases.

The number of samples which have to be taken will again depend on the size of the property and the number of areas which are suspected to contain asbestos.

Who can carry out an asbestos survey?

Not all surveyors will be accredited and trained to inspect for asbestos. An asbestos survey is much more specific and detailed than a structural survey or condition report which you might require when buying a property, and therefore you’re probably going to need a different surveyor from one you may have used in the past.

The UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) website carries details of all the companies in the UK who are accredited to carry out asbestos surveys on both domestic and commercial property.

You can either use their website as a starting point for your search, or to check that a local company which you are thinking of using is indeed qualified to carry out that sort of work.

After you’ve found at least three asbestos surveyors in your local area who can carry out asbestos surveys, ask them to provide quotes for having the work done.

Often you can do this by submitting the details of your property online and receiving the quotes by email.

Make sure that you are comparing like for like by ensuring the surveys cover the same items, and always get quotes in writing before agreeing to go ahead and have any work done.

Never take a surveyor’s word for it that they are qualified to do asbestos surveys, check online.

Don’t be tempted to skimp on an asbestos survey either; it’s always best to know what the situation is before you start knocking down walls or doing renovations and come across something you weren’t expensive, and may not have the budget to deal with.

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How Much For A New Boiler – What You Should Expect To Pay

If you are facing another winter with an unreliable boiler or one which is very old and inefficient, then it is probably time to start thinking about changing it for a new one. The worst case scenario is burying your head in the sand, not planning to replace your boiler and then having it condemned as “beyond economic repair” next time it breaks down. It’s far better to start thinking now about the costs involved in replacing a boiler, and to try to cushion the financial blow.

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What should you expect to pay?

If you are facing another winter with an unreliable boiler or one which is very old and inefficient, then it is probably time to start thinking about changing it for a new one.

The worst case scenario is burying your head in the sand.

Don't take a chance by not planning to replace your boiler and then having it condemned as “beyond economic repair” next time it breaks down.

It’s far better to start thinking now about the costs involved in replacing a boiler.

This will help you to cushion the financial blow.

How much for a new boiler? - Buying a boiler yourself

coins-948603_1920The first option for replacing your boiler is buying a new one yourself.

You can then look at getting someone in to fit it.

A new boiler will cost anything between £300 and £1000 depending on the capacity and brand.

The main problem with buying a new boiler yourself is getting the correct boiler for your needs and home.

Often this requires a knowledge of how the different sorts of boilers work, and an understanding of how they are fitted.

Unless you know what you are doing, it is usually better to get a heating engineer who can both supply your boiler and install it.

Alternatively, you could hire a heating engineer on the understanding that you will provide the boiler.

Then you can ask them to suggest the right spec and model for you.

How much for a new boiler? - Getting someone to supply and install your new boiler

Heating boiler control panel detailMost people who have a new boiler fitted go for the combi boiler option.

This is the most common type of boiler sold in the UK and provides both heating and hot water on demand.

These boilers are efficient and will save money on your heating bills in the long run.

It will cost around £1500 for someone to supply and fit a new combi boiler for you in the same location as your previous boiler.

If you want to switch the location of your boiler, this can be done but you will pay more the installation as more pipework will have to be done by your fitter.

Prices will also vary for other sorts of boilers such as back boilers or heat-only boilers.

If you have these sorts of heating systems it is more important than ever to properly compare quotes.

Finding someone to fit your new boiler

confident handyman portraitWhatever type of boiler you are installing, it is always best to get someone who knows what they are doing.

However if you are installing a gas fired boiler of any kind, it’s a legal requirement that the person who does the work holds the Gas Safe accreditation.

Most heating engineers who routinely work with gas boilers do hold this certificate.

Always check if you are not sure.

Gas safe registered tradesmen have a yellow triangle badge and card.

You can also look up their membership number online at the Gas Safe website.

Ask friends or relatives to recommend companies who have done similar work for them in the past.

Alternatively you can look for quotes from plumbers on Top Tradespeople.

Contact at least three companies by phone or email and ask them to quote for doing the work.

Always get the quotes in writing.

Remember that just because a quote is the cheapest it is not always the best value for money.

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Spreading Cost of New Boiler – Options

Buying a new boiler represents a considerable investment, with homeowners on average paying anything from £720 to £3000 for a new model. It’s an expense that many people would struggle to pay for unexpectedly, but there are a few different options which may help lessen the load.

Compare quotes from heating engineers for boilers and other heating workTechnician servicing heating boilerBuying a new boiler represents a considerable investment, with homeowners on average paying anything from £720 to £3000 for a new model. It’s an expense that many people would struggle to pay for unexpectedly, but there are a few different options which may help lessen the load.

Saving for your new boiler

Nothing lasts forever, and if you know your boiler is going to have to be replaced at some point, it can be sensible to put aside a certain amount every month so you have the savings in place when it finally breaks down. If you can manage to save £25 per month into a household emergency fund, in three years you should have enough to cover a lot of the cost of a replacement boiler, or to meet the cost of another emergency such as burst pipes or a flood.

Boiler cover packages

If you don’t want to go down the route of saving, then another good alternative is taking out one of the boiler cover packages which are offered by most of the large energy companies. These policies cover repairs to existing boilers and most will either provide a new boiler or will pay a substantial contribution towards a new one if your boiler is beyond repair. These policies are cheaper at around £7 per month, but they all differ in what is covered and what level of excess you have to pay, so always shop around with a few different companies to see what the best deal is for you and your individual circumstances.

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Finance for new boilers

If you’ve no savings and are faced with an unexpected bill for installing a new boiler, it is possible to arrange finance to help you pay off the cost monthly. Your bank or building society may be prepared to give you loan, and you should always see what loan products are on offer before agreeing to take out finance with the company which is installing your boiler. Finance packages typically have an APR of around 12%, which is cheaper than putting the cost on your credit card, but often not as good a rate as you can get from your bank. Most credit agreements arranged through boiler installers will ask for a deposit up front, and you can usually choose the term of the loan – typically three or five years.

Getting the new boiler fitted

If you are taking finance from one of the large energy suppliers or boiler manufacturers to fund the installation of their boiler then you will have to use their fitters to do the work. If you are paying out of savings or taking a loan from the bank, you have the option to shop around. Remember the golden rules about contacting at least three local companies and asking them to provide quotes in writing to have the work done, and looking at all of the quotes to compare which one offers the best value for money. Buying a boiler is not cheap and it’s worth making the effort to ensure you’re getting a good deal.

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External PVC Doors Cost Guide

The door to your home can add a bit of character to the whole building and can be a good way to set off the whole image you are looking to create. There are many different types to choose from, depending on what you feel would be the most appropriate for the style of your home. Some of these include mahogany, pine, oak and PVC. These all offer different qualities and if you are looking for minimal maintenance, you may wish to opt for the PVC. There are pros and cons of using PVC but these can really update the look of your home and are a good choice for all households.

Compare quotes from window fitters and double glazing installers across the UK with Top TradespeopleBricklayer working on construction siteExternal PVC doors cost - The door to your home can add a bit of character to the whole building and can be a good way to set off the whole image you are looking to create.

There are many different types to choose from with a wide range of external PVC doors costs, depending on what you feel would be the most appropriate for the style of your home.

Some of these include mahogany, pine, oak and PVC.

These all offer different qualities and if you are looking for minimal maintenance, you may wish to opt for the PVC.

There are pros and cons of using PVC but these can really update the look of your home and are a good choice for all households.

PVC Doors Pros

The most attractive aspect of the PVC doors is that they offer low maintenance, so if you don’t want to have to put too much work into looking after your door, this is the perfect option for you.

The PVC doors won’t require any painting or staining so you won’t need to spend too much time making them look the part.

Other benefits of these doors are that they are more durable than many other types and they also offer multipoint locking.

PVC doors will keep you warm during the winter and autumn months as they are perfectly insulated to keep those draughts at bay.

There are many different types of PVC doors to update and compliment the exterior of your home, including the white traditional style such as light oak and rosewood.

You may also want to opt for a combination of white and light oak.

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PVC Doors Cons

The disadvantages of external PVC doors are that they have a narrow appearance and unfortunately, you can’t really change this but as long as you are happy with the width, this shouldn’t cause any issues.

It can also be hard to change the colour of PVC doors but again, if you are quite content with the look and style, the benefits will far outweigh this disadvantage.

This is really the only negative aspect of the PVC door.

External PVC Doors Cost - Doors and Locks

In addition to PVC doors, you can also find locks in a range of sizes. External PVC doors cost will really depend on which company you decide to use, but you can expect to pay around £350 - £400, and maybe more in some cases.

There may be additional costs for delivery and installation, although again, this depends on the company you use.

It is a good idea to use price comparisons to find the best possible deal for the style of door and location.

The cost of locks also greatly varies, depending on the size etc. You can roughly expect to pay £50 - £70 for locks, but doing a price comparison can help with this.

Your door is the gateway to your home so it is worth taking time to make sure you choose the right one to reflect the house and to ensure it stands out and also adds value to your home.

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In additional to external PVC doors cost you may also want to find out how much other home improvement projects are likely to set you back:

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Costs for Double Glazed Doors

We all know that double glazed windows are a great way of reducing the amount of heat we lose from our homes. Many of us forget about the front and back door though, and if you have an old wooden front door which is draughty, you could save even more money by replacing your front and back doors with double glazed uPVC units too.

Compare window fitters quotes for upvc windows and double glazingWe all know that double glazed windows are a great way of reducing the amount of heat we lose from our homes.

Many of us forget about the front and back door though, and if you have an old wooden front door which is draughty, you could save even more money by replacing your front and back doors with double glazed uPVC units too - but what are the costs for double glazed doors?

Benefits of Double Glazed Doors

Apart from the obvious benefits of better insulation and cutting the amount of heat lost through the door, there are additional benefits to having a new uPVC double glazed door fitted.

Firstly, these sorts of doors are often far more secure than standard doors as they have a locking system which secures the door in five places rather than just one.

This type of door can sometimes save you money on your home insurance policy too.

Double glazed doors are also usually made of uPVC which is a type of strong plastic which does not warp, shrink or swell depending on the weather conditions as wood can.

They can cut the noise levels for people living on busy roads, and are low maintenance in that they do not need painted or varnished. All you need to do to keep them looking great is to wipe them down every now and again with a damp cloth.

Buying a Double Glazed Front Door

The first step in buying a double glazed door is to contact some national or local double glazing firms and ask them to come round, measure up and give you a quote.

It is possible to buy a door from the shelves of a local DIY store and fit it yourself, but these sorts of stores only stock a small range of sizes, and unless you have a perfectly standard door, it can be hard to find something to fit.

Contact some local companies which have been recommended, or which you have found on Top Tradespeople and ask them to give you a quote in writing.

Then you can compare quotes and see which is the best, not only in terms of price, but also taking into account factors such as the design of the door and how quickly the work can be done.

Prices for a Double Glazed Front Door

Obviously the costs for double glazed doors and price will depend on the size of the door, and the style which you choose from the company’s design catalogue.

Most companies will supply doors on an all-in price which covers the purchase of the actual door, the fitting and any taxes such as VAT.

It should take an experienced fitter about a day to remove your old door and fit the new uPVC double glazed unit. Expect to pay anything between £500 and £1000 for your new door, dependent on size and style.

If you are having both your front and back doors replaced at the same time, or are having windows replaced at the same time, you are in a stronger position to negotiate a better deal.

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How Much Does Underfloor Heating Cost To Install And Run

Underfloor heating is not new technology – it has been around since the Roman times. Hiding the heating away under the floors means that you can free up wall space by doing away with the radiators and it also means no more stepping onto cold tiles or wood on a winter morning. Not all flooring types are suitable for use with underfloor heating, but if you are replacing the flooring in your bathroom or kitchen and are thinking about underfloor heating, there are a few key decisions you have to make first.

Compare plumbers quotesUnderfloor heating is not new technology – it has been around since the Roman times. Hiding the heating away under the floors means that you can free up wall space by doing away with the radiators and it also means no more stepping onto cold tiles or wood on a winter morning. Not all flooring types are suitable for use with underfloor heating, but if you are replacing the flooring in your bathroom or kitchen and are thinking about underfloor heating, there are a few key decisions you have to make first.  You may also want to know how much does underfloor heating cost to install and run.

Water or electric underfloor heating?

There are two main types of underfloor heating. The most popular choice for smaller areas is an electric powered system of a mat which is laid onto the floor and can be set on a timer or switched on an off when needed. The other type of underfloor heating is water powered and connected to your combi boiler and central heating system. Water based underfloor heating is more expensive to install than an electric mat system, and is usually only a practical option when you are completely renovating a property or building a new house from scratch. For smaller rooms like bathrooms, an electric mat system is best.

Cost of buying and installing electric underfloor heating

Underfloor heating mats are sold in a variety of different sizes and a mat large enough to do the average bathroom will cost between £150 and £300. If you are a competent DIY-er, underfloor heating is not terribly difficult to fit and most of the kits come with full instructions. Remember though that fitting underfloor heating will mean ripping up the existing floor, laying the heating pads and then replacing the floor with something else. Most homeowners choose to get someone in to do this for them. In many cases, companies will charge an “all-in” price for both supplying and fitting the underfloor heating, so when you are looking at quotes it is essential to be very clear about what is covered and what is not. Expect to pay around £750 for a professional to do the whole job, including the supply of the heating pads.

Can anyone install underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is growing in popularity, and an increasing number of electricians and builders have experience in fitting it. When approaching local companies found through Top Tradespeople for quotes, always establish first whether the company has completed similar projects before. Ask at least three companies to provide quotes to you in writing, and then compare the quotes based on not only who is offering the cheapest price, but also how long they expect the work to take and their track record. Never pay the entire cost of the job up front, although it is reasonable for a company to expect a deposit to be paid before starting work. Once the job has been completed, enjoy your cosy new bathroom floor, and don’t forget to recommend the people who did the job to other relatives and friends in the future.  Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised at the costs involved in installing underfloor heating, but never compromise on quality workmanship or materials.

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Installing A Whirlpool Bathtub – Costs And Options

There’s nothing quite to beat coming home from a hard day at work and sinking into a luxurious whirlpool bath. Bubbles turn a normal bathing experience into something much more special and whirlpool baths can make your home more attractive to a prospective buyer too. If you are thinking about installing a whirlpool bath in your home, then it might not be quite as disruptive and expensive as you may think.

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Installing a Whirlpool Bathtub

There’s nothing quite to beat coming home from a hard day at work and sinking into a luxurious whirlpool bath.

Bubbles turn a normal bathing experience into something much more special and whirlpool baths can make your home more attractive to a prospective buyer too.

If you are thinking about installing a whirlpool bath in your home, then it might not be quite as disruptive and expensive as you may think.

What’s the Difference Between a Whirlpool Bathtub and a Jacuzzi?

You often hear the word Jacuzzi applied to any kind of whirlpool bath, but in fact Jacuzzi is a brand name and is used for that company’s products only.

The word has been gradually adopted as a generic term though, just as Hoover’s brand name now means all vacuum cleaners.

When thinking about buying a whirlpool bath, look at all the different brands on the market and don’t restrict yourself to looking at Jacuzzi products only.

Retro-fitting a Whirlpool Bath

If you don’t want the disruption of removing your existing bathtub and replacing it with a whirlpool model, then it is possible to convert any standard bath into a whirlpool bathtub by adding machinery which forces jets of water into the bath.

There is not much price advantage to converting your bath in this way though, as the basic pump and jets kits will cost between £250 and £300, around the same price as a basic whirlpool bath.

The other issue may be finding a plumber or electrician who has experience in installing this sort of system in your home as they are not as commonly used as installing a new bath.

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Buying and Installing a Whirlpool Bath

It is possible to pick up a basic whirlpool bathtub in one of the online bathroom stores for under £200, and if money is no object, some of the top end designer models with an added shower can cost over £1000.

Once you have selected the sort of bath you want, the next step is finding a tradesperson to fit it for you.

As whirlpool baths use electricity to move the water through the jets, installing this sort of bath falls under the Part P rules, which means that installation has to be done by a qualified professional.

Expect to pay around £325 for your bath to be professionally installed.

Finding a Professional to Install Your Whirlpool Bath

As installation of a whirlpool bath falls under the “notifiable work” category, it’s more important than ever that you make sure you get the right person to do the job.

Ask friends and family to recommend someone, or look through the listings on Top Tradespeople to get in touch with trusted, local companies.

Contact at least three local companies, explain to them what you are thinking about having done, and ask them to provide a quote in writing.

Once all of the quotes are in, look at them not only in terms of who is the cheapest but also consider the reputation of the company, how quickly they can start the work and how long they estimate it will take.

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Installing A Bidet In Your Bathroom – Costs And Options

Here in the UK, you’d be hard pushed to find a modern bathroom which is built with a bidet. Only 5% of UK homes have a bidet, unlike Italian homes where over 97% have a bidet fitted. There are lots of good reasons why you should think about installing a bathroom in the family bathroom, and getting one fitted isn’t as expensive as you might think.

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Should You Install a Bidet And What Will It Cost?

Here in the UK, you’d be hard pushed to find a modern bathroom which is built with a bidet. Only 5% of UK homes have a bidet, unlike Italian homes where over 97% have a bidet fitted. There are lots of good reasons why you should think about installing a bathroom in the family bathroom, and getting one fitted isn’t as expensive as you might think.

Bidets and Hygiene

One of the main reasons for having a bidet fitted at home is for hygiene. Washing after using the toilet is always going to be more hygienic than using paper, and there are medical studies showing that using a bidet helps stop the spread of bacteria and other bugs like norovirus through the different members of the family. Many people find that toilet paper irritates their skin, and using a bidet can mean your skin becomes less inflamed and sore.

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Eco-Friendly Bidets

In the UK we use 600 million toilet rolls every year, and apart from the cost of buying them, there is also cost in terms of transport to get the products to store and chemicals used in bleaching and processing, not to mention the trees which have to be chopped down to make the paper in the first place. It also costs considerable sums to filter all of the paper out of the sewerage system. Switching to using a bidet can slash the amount of money spent on loo paper, but will also help the environment too.

Costs for Buying and Installing a Bidet

If you have space for a bidet and have decided to take the plunge and install one, then it is probably best to get a plumber in to do the job for you. It’s not a tricky job, but it will involve running new pipes to the site for the bidet and attaching it to the waste system too. Plumbers here in the UK do not work on bidet installation as often as they install sinks or baths, so it is important to make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing. A bidet will cost anything from £90 for a basic model right up to as much as £1000 for a designer model. Make sure you choose a model which goes well with the rest of your bathroom suite, unless you are planning on replacing the entire bathroom.

Once you have chosen your bidet and decided where you are going to put it, contact at least three local plumbers found through Top Tradespeople or from personal recommendation, and ask at least three of them to provide a quote, in writing. Make it clear whether or not you will be buying the bidet yourself, and don’t forget to add in extras such as VAT. Once you have received all of your quotes, compare them not only on price but also in terms of how quickly the company can do the job, and feedback you have received from friends, family or reviews on websites.

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Bathroom Tiling Options and Costs

One of the best ways of completely transforming your bathroom is by investing in some new tiles. Tiles have been used in bathing areas since the time of the Romans, and although tile technology has moved on a bit since then, the main qualities of durability and ease of cleaning are just as relevant now as they were 2000 years ago. When it comes to ideas, there are a number of bathroom tiling options and of course, costs to consider:

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One of the best ways of completely transforming your bathroom is by investing in some new tiles.

Tiles have been used in bathing areas since the time of the Romans, and although tile technology has moved on a bit since then, the main qualities of durability and ease of cleaning are just as relevant now as they were 2000 years ago.

When it comes to ideas, there are a number of bathroom tiling options and of course, costs to consider:

Choosing the Right Tiles for Your Bathroom

Just walk into any tiles shop or DIY store and you’ll be dazzled by the huge range of tiles on sale.

Gone are the days of having to stick to plain white tiles in the bathroom; whatever your choice of colour or pattern there are tiles available.

A good starting point when trying to decide on colour or styles of tiles is to think about what other colours and textures you have in the room already.

An ultra-modern bathroom suite will work best with modern tiles, whereas a more traditional feel in the bathroom demands a vintage style tile.

Most large tile retailers sell tiles in single units, so you can choose a few to take home and see which ones work best for you.

What is the Difference Between Floor Tiles and Wall Tiles?

Some tiles are sold for using anywhere in the bathroom, but most are marked as either floor tiles or wall tiles and there are some important differences between the two types.

Floor tiles have to stand up to being walked on several times a day for many years, and are generally heavier than tiles designed for the walls.

Wall tiles are lighter and will put less stress on the wall, and are just not made to stand up to people walking on them.

If you are unsure of what sort of tiles you are looking at, ask staff in the store for advice.

Costs for Bathroom Tiling

When you are looking for someone to tile your bathroom, it is usually a good idea to have an idea about what sort of tiles you will be using first.

This is because although tilers generally work on a “per square metre” basis when calculating their prices, the price will also be affected by the size of the tiles and how complicated they are.

A very intricate mosaic tile will take a lot more work than large tiles measuring 50cm square or more.

If your walls or floor is a very odd shape with lots of corners and curves, this will also affect the price as tiling will involve more cutting and shaping.

As a general guide, expect to pay around £25 per square metre to have your walls or floor tiled.

Never take the first quote you are given though, always get at least three quotes from reputable local tradespeople to allow you to compare effectively.

Always make sure you ask tilers to quote on the same basis, and make it clear whether you expect them to supply the tiles and adhesive, or if you will be supplying those yourself.

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Bathroom Vinyl Flooring – Costs And Benefits Guide

When it comes to cost-effective and practical options for flooring in your bathroom, vinyl is hard to beat. Vinyl flooring ticks all the boxes for hygiene, durability and practicality, and modern vinyl products are miles away from the inflexible and cold flooring we might remember from our childhood. Replacing a vinyl floor is a quick and inexpensive way of updating the look in your kitchen or bathroom, but what should you be looking for and how much should you expect to pay?

Compare quotes from flooring contractors across the UK with Top TradespeopleGrey bathroom largeWhen it comes to cost-effective and practical options for flooring in your bathroom, vinyl is hard to beat. Vinyl flooring ticks all the boxes for hygiene, durability and practicality, and modern vinyl products are miles away from the inflexible and cold flooring we might remember from our childhood. Replacing a vinyl floor is a quick and inexpensive way of updating the look in your kitchen or bathroom, but what should you be looking for and how much should you expect to pay?

What’s the Difference Between Lino and Vinyl?

Just as we use the word “hoover” to mean any sort of vacuum cleaner, the word linoleum, or lino, is often used for all types of vinyl flooring. The technique for making lino goes back a longer way, and involves using linseed oil, pigments and ground stone which are then pressed onto a fabric backing. Vinyl is made from three layers; the backing, middle layer with any design, and a sealing top layer. Vinyl comes in a wider range of patterns than lino, but lino has the benefit of being made from natural products and is also hypoallergenic. Lino does need more looking after than vinyl though. All vinyl needs is a quick wipe over now and again, whereas lino needs regular waxing or polishing. One flooring type is no better than the other though, and the choice is mostly a matter of personal preference.

How Much Will a New Bathroom Vinyl Floor Cost?

There are two factors which you have to take into account when working out how much your new floor will cost. First there is the cost of the vinyl itself. A basic wood or tile effect vinyl will cost as little as £8 a square metre, with the more expensive vinyls costing £25 a square metre. Tiles will generally be more expensive per metre squared than vinyl which comes in rolls. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you might be able to bag a bargain with an offcut or discontinued product which will reduce the cost even more. When it comes to fitting, expect to pay around £4 per square metre for fitting vinyl on a roll, more if you have chosen tiles. Don’t feel you have to take the quote offered by the vinyl retailer; shop around by contacting at least three local tradespeople and ask them to quote for the work to allow you to compare costs and see who is offering the best deal.

Maintaining your Bathroom Floor

One of the key selling points of a vinyl floor is that it is low maintenance, and very practical for homes with kids or pets. Vinyl is water resistant rather than waterproof, and this does mean that you should mop up spills quickly. Use soapy hot water or water mixed in with a special floor cleaning product to mop it over, and resist the urge to scrub at the vinyl using abrasive sponges as this will remove the protective top layer and will scratch the floor, damaging its appearance.

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Bathroom Fitters Prices Across The UK

Fitting a new bathroom is a fairly major job, and although some keen DIY enthusiasts are happy to take on such a large project, most of us get the professionals in to do the job for us. Setting a budget for the overall project is difficult if you have no idea how much you should expect to pay for someone to fit your bathroom for you, and the factors which will affect the overall price.

minimalist bathroomCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKFitting a new bathroom is a fairly major job, and although some keen DIY enthusiasts are happy to take on such a large project, most of us get the professionals in to do the job for us. Setting a budget for the overall project is difficult if you have no idea how much you should expect to pay for someone to fit your bathroom for you, and the factors which will affect the overall price.

Prices for Bathroom Fitters in Urban and Rural Areas

If you live in a town or city, then you have a better chance of driving a good bargain for your bathroom fitting prices. In urban areas, there will be dozens of different companies to choose from, all competing against each other for the work available. Use websites like Top Tradespeople along with recommendations from friends and relatives to contact at least three companies to quote for the job. Having a variety of quotes will help you make sure you are getting the best deal available for your work. On the other hand, if you live in a very rural area, the choice of companies will be more restricted and you may find it difficult to get many companies willing to travel to do the work, making comparing quotes far more tricky.

Average Hourly Rates for Bathroom Fitters

As a starting point to work out whether or not the price you have been quoted is fair, it is a good idea to look at the average hourly rate for a bathroom fitter. Most charge around £20 per hour, but skilled trades such as plumbers and electricians will charge more. A plumber will charge around £30 per hour. It will take around two days to replace a bathroom suite completely, the first day to strip out the old sanitaryware and install any new pipework which is needed, and the second day to connect everything up.

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All-in Prices for Bathroom Fitting

Although having an idea about the hourly rates charged is a good starting point, never agree to work being done on a per-hour basis. Paying in this way gives no incentive for the fitters and plumbers to work quickly and complete the job in a couple of days. Ask instead for an “all-inclusive” price covering removing the old bathroom suite, installing the new one, disposing of materials and any other extras such as putting in new lights, flooring or tiles. Be very specific about what you want done and this will make quotes far more realistic.

Saving Money on Bathroom Fitting Prices

If you are having other work done in the house at the same time, you can try to negotiate a better price for giving the building or bathroom fitting company more work. Another way of reducing costs is to shop for your own bathroom suite, tiles, flooring and accessories rather than asking the bathroom fitter to provide them. Shop in the sale periods or look for end of range or ex-display models to grab a bargain at a much-reduced price.

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Installing Bathroom Electrics Costs

Everyone knows that water and electricity don’t mix, so it’s hardly surprising that there are some pretty strict rules about what you can do as a DIY job in the bathroom, and what you need to get the professionals to do. Whether you are thinking about a new, top of the range electric shower, replacing your old light fitting for sunken LED lights or fitting a new shaver socket, it’s important to know the basics of installing bathroom electrics.

electrical wiresCompare electricians quotes for bathroom electrics and other household electrical workEveryone knows that water and electricity don’t mix, so it’s hardly surprising that there are some pretty strict rules about what you can do as a DIY job in the bathroom, and what you need to get the professionals to do. Whether you are thinking about a new, top of the range electric shower, replacing your old light fitting for sunken LED lights or fitting a new shaver socket, it’s important to know the basics of installing bathroom electrics.

DIY jobs and bathroom electrics

There are strict limits on the sort of work you are allowed to do by yourself in the bathroom. In essence, you are allowed to make like for like replacements, covering jobs such as swapping one centre light fitting for another one, or replacing a broken old electric shower with another of the same kilowatt power rating. If you are at all unsure about whether what you are planning comes under the umbrella of replacement, check with your local Council’s Building Control department.

Cost for installing a new electric shower

One of the jobs which has to be carried out by a Part P qualified electrician is the installation of a new electric shower. The electrician will run a special cable from your bathroom wall down to the fuse box so that the electric shower is working properly and then connect everything up safely. This job will take around day, and will cost around £300 for the work and the completion of the correct paperwork. Remember to add in too the cost of replacing your tiles as the electrician will have to route the cable through your wall cavity.
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Costs for fitting lights in the bathroom

Bathroom lighting is a little more complex as the rules about “zoning” come into play. Bathrooms are split into several different zones depending on how close the electrics will be to water. If you have lighting inside your shower or directly above the shower, those fittings will have to conform to a higher specification than lights which are far away from any water sources. It can be confusing to know what you can use where, so the advice of a professional plumber is essential. Expect to pay around £150 to have some new sunken light fittings in your bathroom ceiling. Prices can vary depending on what exactly you are having done, so make sure you always compare at least three quotes to make sure you are getting the best value for money possible.

Cost for fitting a bathroom extractor fan

If your bathroom is poorly ventilated, an extractor fan can solve problems you may be having with condensation and mould. This job needs someone to knock a hole in the exterior wall or ceiling for the fan to sit in as well as electrics, but most electricians will be able to complete the whole job. This sort of work will cost anything upwards of £300, depending on how much wiring is needed to connect up your new fan, and you may also have to pay decorating and plastering costs.

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Costs Of Installing Bathroom Plumbing

If you are thinking of updating your bathroom by simply replacing the bathroom suite, then the plumbing work you need to have done is fairly minimal. If you have good DIY skills you may not even need a plumber at all. However, if you are moving things around in your bathroom, building a bathroom in an extension, or taking some space from a bedroom to create an en-suite, more extensive plumbing work will be required. Costs vary, but having a rough idea about costs for typical jobs will give you a starting point when comparing quotes.

Drafting a bathroomCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKIf you are thinking of updating your bathroom by simply replacing the bathroom suite, then the plumbing work you need to have done is fairly minimal. If you have good DIY skills you may not even need a plumber at all. However, if you are moving things around in your bathroom, building a bathroom in an extension, or taking some space from a bedroom to create an en-suite, more extensive plumbing work will be required. Costs vary, but having a rough idea about costs for typical jobs will give you a starting point when comparing quotes.

Hourly or daily rates for plumbing work

We are all used to seeing rates for tradesmen expressed as a sum per hour, and this is the common way to pay someone to fix your car, or to mend your boiler when it breaks down. The average plumber will charge you around £200 as a daily rate, but this is not the best way to agree to pay for plumbing work. Ask at least three trusted local plumbing firms to quote for the work on an “all-in” basis, so that they have an incentive to finish the work quickly rather than drag it out as much as they can. Always compare quotes carefully to make sure that every company is quoting for the same work and make sure you are getting the best value for money.

Installing bathroom plumbing in a loft conversion

One of the most common reasons for needing to install new plumbing for a bathroom is because the homeowner is having a loft converted and wants to add in a shower room. In order to put a toilet, sink and shower or bath into a loft room, the plumbers will have to run the cold and hot water supply up to the new room and connect the waste pipes up to your main drains too. If you are having radiators in your new loft, the plumber will probably take care of this too. Plumbing costs for installing a new bathroom in a loft can cost around £5,000, which includes supplying the bathroom fittings as well as installing it. Try to save money by sourcing your own bathroom suite, or take on jobs such as the painting or tiling by yourself.

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Costs of replacing lead pipes for modern ones

If you live in a modern property, your water supply pipes will be ceramic, or more likely, plastic. Before 1970 though, lead was commonly used in the UK for water pipes and tanks. Over time, lead can leach from the pipes into the water supply and cause health problems, so many people living in period properties are choosing to have their old lead pipes removed, and swapped for a plastic alternative. This is fairly major plumbing work, and it will take several days to remove all of the lead cold water pipes in the house and the cold water tank in the loft and replace them. This will cost upwards of £1,500, and you will have periods without water while the plumbers get to work.

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Steam Room Costs

We all enjoy those little added touches of luxury, and the two main rooms of the house where we like to splash out and indulge ourselves are in the kitchen and the bathroom. Replacing a bathroom suite isn’t necessarily expensive and can add that little extra touch of luxury. However, for a real top class spa experience at home, why not install a steam room?

Modern bathroom interiorCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKWe all enjoy those little added touches of luxury, and the two main rooms of the house where we like to splash out and indulge ourselves are in the kitchen and the bathroom. Replacing a bathroom suite isn’t necessarily expensive and can add that little extra touch of luxury. However, for a real top class spa experience at home, why not install a steam room?

What are the benefits of a home steam room?

As well as being a valuable addition to your home which could increase its value if you are thinking about selling, there are a lot of benefits to your heath in having access to a steam room at home. These include the obvious benefits such as relieving stress, as well as health benefits such as soothing away the aches and pains of the daily grind, opening up your skin pores to let the skin cleanse itself, and even boosting your immune system. All ages can benefit from spending time in a steam room, but always speak to your doctor if you haven’t spent time in these sorts of rooms before.

Adapting an existing room for a steam room

If you have room, one of the simplest ways of making a steam room at home is to transform a spare room or existing bathroom into a steam room. You don’t need planning permission or a building control permit to do this sort of work unless you live in a listed building, but you will need to have the walls, ceiling and floor of your existing room “steam-proofed” to protect them from the damp and humid atmosphere. This involves removing the tiles and covering the walls in a waterproof plastic layer to stop the water getting into the walls. Choosing this option will cost between £1,500 and £5000 depending on the tiles, generator and other items you choose for your new steam room. Always get at least three quotes to compare prices before agreeing to go ahead with any home improvement work.

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Building a steam cabin

In Scandinavia, where steam rooms and saunas are popular, it’s common to have a separate steam cabin at the bottom of the garden. This is a great option if you haven’t space inside, or of you want to be able to get away from the house when you are relaxing in your steam room. You might need planning permission though, so check with your local Council before starting work. Having a special cabin built in the garden keeps all of the messy work away from the house, and most of the saunas and steam cabins on the market can be put together in just a couple of days. This is often the cheaper option too, as a basic sauna or steam cabin for the garden costs around £2,000 to £4,000 for a wooden cabin, with prices rising dramatically if you would prefer a brick built new room for your garden. If major plumbing or electrical work is needed to get water or power to your new cabin, prices will also rise.

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Whirlpool Bath Fitting Costs

It’s the ultimate in luxury – a lovely whirlpool bath which gives you jets and bubbles at the push of a bottom. These sorts of baths are often referred to as Jacuzzis, but this is a brand name. Jacuzzis are whirlpool baths, but not all whirlpool baths are Jacuzzis. Sometimes these sorts of baths are called shower baths. Whatever brand you decide to go for, buying the bath itself is only part of the story as having it fitted is could bump up the price considerably if you don’t know which factors affect the overall cost.

Modern bathroom interiorCompare quotes for bathroom fitting (including whirlpool baths) from bathroom fitting contractors across the UKIt’s the ultimate in luxury – a lovely whirlpool bath which gives you jets and bubbles at the push of a bottom. These sorts of baths are often referred to as Jacuzzis, but this is a brand name. Jacuzzis are whirlpool baths, but not all whirlpool baths are Jacuzzis. Sometimes these sorts of baths are called shower baths. Whatever brand you decide to go for, buying the bath itself is only part of the story as having it fitted is could bump up the price considerably if you don’t know which factors affect the overall cost.

Sizes of Whirlpool Baths

The cheapest sort of whirlpool bath to install is one which is the same size as whatever bath you are having removed. This sort of like for like replacement means no additional costs in running new pipes around the bathroom, or costs for replacing flooring and doing tiling. These sorts of whirlpool baths have all of the same functions as the larger models, depending on your budget. A basic, standard shape whirlpool bath will cost upwards of £500, but prices go up into the thousands for the more expensive brands with more functions. If you want to install a corner whirlpool bath, or an oversized bath, prices start around £700.

Prices for Fitting A Whirlpool Bath

The difference in price between fitting a standard bath and a whirlpool bath is accounted for by the fact that in addition to the basic plumbing work of connecting up the hot and cold water and the waste outlet, an electrician will be needed to connect up the power to your new whirlpool bath. Building regulations state that electrical work such as this in a bathroom has to be done by a qualified professional, and as well as adding cost to your installation, having to coordinate plumbers and electricians to work one after the other will add time to the job too. Overall, the plumbing and electrician costs for installing a new whirlpool bath can be between £750 and £1000.

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Additional Plumbing Costs for Whirlpool Baths

If you are installing a whirlpool bath because you are remodelling the bathroom and moving everything around, this gives you the opportunity to design the room to suit your needs, but will add additional costs. Prices can easily double to around £1500 if your plumber and electrician need to start pulling up floorboards to run cables and pipes underneath, or chisel away at your plaster for new electrical wiring. This will also mean you have additional costs for a plasterer and a tiler too.

Quotes for Getting a Whirlpool Bath Installed

Not all plumbers and electricians have experience in fitting whirlpool baths, so make sure you get at least three quotes from companies who have done this sort of work successfully in the past. Give them full details of the work you are wanting to have done, and let them know whether you’re buying the bath yourself, whether it’s a like for like replacement, and don’t forget to add in extras like VAT.

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Wetroom Fitting Costs

If you are thinking about doing up your bathroom, or building a new extension with a bathroom in it, then a wetroom can be a great choice. A wetroom differs from a bathroom in that it is fully waterproofed, making the whole room function like a shower enclosure.

Compare bathoom fitters quotesModern bathroom interiorIf you are thinking about doing up your bathroom, or building a new extension with a bathroom in it, then a wetroom can be a great choice. A wetroom differs from a bathroom in that it is fully waterproofed, making the whole room function like a shower enclosure.

Benefits of Wetrooms

As a wetroom is fully waterproofed, there is no need to have a separate shower cubicle, and this allows you to save space if you have limited room. Wetrooms are ideal for the elderly or people with mobility issues as they do not have to navigate their way in or out of a shower or bath. Wetrooms are also very fashionable at the moment and appealing to buyers, and are a good way of adding value to the price of your home if you are thinking of selling it soon.

Factors to Consider with Wetrooms

Although there are many benefits to having a wetroom, there are some disadvantages to then, and things you have to be aware of when planning a wetroom. If you are planning a wetroom because you are limited for space, this might also impact on the sorts of bathroom furniture you can fit into the space. If your wetroom is the only bathroom in the house, some buyers could be put off by the fact that there is not a bath, only a shower. Not all tiles are suitable for wetrooms, so check with your tile supplier before making the purchase.

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Price for Installing a Wetroom

You have to know what work is involved with installing a wetroom to work out whether you are getting a fair price or not. Apart from the basic plumbing work of installing your new shower, toilet and sink, there is a lot of preparation work which has to be done first to make your new room completely watertight. The floor will need to be primed before your new tiles are laid, and the walls have to be covered with a waterproof membrane. This membrane will stop water getting through into the rest of the house. The door frame sometimes need to be raised slightly off the floor, and then all the new wall coverings and flooring need to be fitted before the new shower and other items are plumbed in. As a very rough estimate, expect to pay between £7000 and £10,000 for your new wetroom.

Quotes for Installing Wetrooms

Fitting a wetroom isn’t the same as other sorts of plumbing, so it’s essential that you get someone in who is experienced in wetrooms and knows what they are doing. Use websites like Top Tradespeople alongside recommendations from friends and family to make contact with at least three local companies, and ask them to provide a full written quote. Make sure you ask each company to quote for exactly the same things, and don’t forget to add in the cost of materials or extras like VAT. Remember also to ask your bathroom fitters about how long they expect to be working, and make plans to be without your bathroom for this time.

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Bathroom Refurbishments – How Much Do They Cost

Top of many homeowners’ wish lists for their property is an amazing new “hotel-style” bathroom with shiny new fixtures and fittings and luxurious new towels. Many are put off the idea of renovating their bathroom by the thought of the cost, and it is certainly true that if you go for designer fixtures and top of the range everything else, the cost could rocket. But a basic bathroom refurbishment may not cost as much as you’d think.

Compare bathoom fitters quotesbathroom-with-built-in-furnitureTop of many homeowners’ wish lists for their property is an amazing new “hotel-style” bathroom with shiny new fixtures and fittings and luxurious new towels. Many are put off the idea of renovating their bathroom by the thought of the cost, and it is certainly true that if you go for designer fixtures and top of the range everything else, the cost could rocket. But a basic bathroom refurbishment may not cost as much as you’d think.

Replacing Like for Like

The first factor which will really affect the cost of your bathroom refurbishment is whether you are just replacing the old toilet, sink and bath with a new ones, or completely rearranging your bathroom. Replacing like for like means far less plumbing work, and with basic new bathroom suites on sale in the large DIY stores for under £300, even with costs of getting a plumber in to do the work the whole job could cost less than £700. Cut costs even further by shopping for your new bathroom suite in the sales, or buying items from different ranges rather than having everything matching.

Plumbing Costs for New Bathrooms

Unless you are a whizz at DIY, you will probably need a plumber to come in and fit your new bathroom for you. Expect to pay upwards of £30 per hour for your plumber’s services, plus any materials they use to complete the job. It is usually best to negotiate a rate which covers the job rather than paying by the hour as this gives the plumber the incentive to complete the job quickly rather than dragging it out. Whatever the type of plumbing work you are considering, never go with the first quote you get. It’s good practice to get at least three quotes from local plumbers to allow you to make a meaningful comparison between them, and ensure you are getting value for money.

Bathroom Tiling Costs

Most of us have tiled walls and flooring in the bathroom as it looks great and is so easy to keep clean. Tiling is a job which you might consider taking on yourself if you have basic DIY skills, but a professional tiler will do the job far more quickly. Bathroom tiles are sold at all price points, from very basic tiles costing from £12 per square metre up to the expensive designer branded tiles at £90 per square metre or more. Tilers also quote per square metre of tiles, an expect to pay around £30 to £40 per square metre for a professional to do the job for you.

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Bathroom Flooring Costs

Flooring is often the last thing we consider when renovating the bathroom, but a great floor can turn an average bathroom into a stunning one. Tiles are a good choice for flooring as they are hardwearing, and expect to pay prices in the same ranges as for wall tiles. Vinyl flooring is also practical and much more attractive than it was in the past. Expect to pay around £200 for a new vinyl floor in the average bathroom. For a really luxurious feel, consider a rubber floor; this will cost about £50 per square metre.

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Garage Conversion Costs

Space is at a premium in most modern homes and there is no denying that building an extension or converting the loft is an expensive business. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways of extending the space in your home without disruptive building work is by making better use of the garage, and converting it into a proper room.

If you are looking for extra space in your home and are considering converting your garage, read our garage conversion costs guideCompare quotes from builders for building workSpace is at a premium in most modern homes and there is no denying that building an extension or converting the loft is an expensive business.

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways of extending the space in your home without disruptive building work is by making better use of the garage, and converting it into a proper room.

Can you use it?

In many older houses, the garages are too small to fit modern cars so we park our cars in the street and use our garages to store all sorts of clutter. If your garage is not big enough to fit a car, and is being used as an expensive cupboard, then you could certainly make better use of the space.

There is also no need to convert everything, in areas where planning permission is strict, some homeowners leave the existing garage door and a small storage space behind, and extend into the back of the old garage to make a new utility room, kitchen, study or playroom.

It is worth spending some cash up front for the advice of an architect or project manager who will help you come up with ideas and explain what is and what is not possible.

Cost Of Windows When Converting A Garage

One of the most expensive elements in converting a garage into a living space is getting rid of the old garage door and inserting a window in its space.

A new double glazed unit costs upwards of £1000, and if you are planning on installing new patio doors or a particularly large window, the cost of the window alone could be £3000.

Removing the door will leave a large gap, and a bricklayer will cost about £250 per day, plus materials like bricks and cement.

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Insulation

If you are converting a garage into a habitable room, Building Control regulations state how much insulation you will need and how thick it should be.

Most garages have solid concrete floors so will need a layer of board insulation before you put down carpet or hard flooring, and polystyrene boards will also be used to insulate the walls and the ceiling.

Use the best quality materials you can afford as they will keep your home warmer and reduce your heating bills. The cost for insulating an average sized garage is between £300 and £500.

Electrics and Plumbing

Wiring for a garage conversion will depend on whether you are installing a kitchen or bathroom in your new space, or if you are just making an additional living space.

Budget around £500 for electric work such as adding in new lighting or sockets around the walls, and if you are putting in a kitchen it could cost a lot more.

Plumbers charge around £40 per hour, so if you are putting in a new shower room or utility room, having a plumber for the day could cost you in the region of £300.

Cut your costs by sourcing new bathroom or sink units online, or reusing items from other parts of the house rather than buying new.

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How Much Does It Cost To Knock Down A Wall

The cost of knocking down a wall inside a property is a question that many people are asking as the popularity of open plan living rises. Costs will differ depending on the type of building you are working on and the type of wall you are wanting to knock down.

how much does it cost to knock down a wallCompare quotes from builders for building workCost to knock down a wall.  The cost of knocking down a wall inside a property is a question that many people are asking as the popularity of open plan living rises.

Costs will differ depending on the type of building you are working on and the type of wall you are wanting to knock down.

You can expect a minimum of a day's work to be involved in this type of project (regardless of the size of the wall), as there will be preparation work to be involved.

If the wall a wall between rooms and it is a load bearing wall there will need to be acros or other supports (props) put in place which will also have to be either hired or the cost of these will be built into the project by the builder.  You should bear these additional costs in mind.

External walls being knocked down will also need to have scaffold hired in many cases so the costs of this should also be taken into consideration.

Do I need planning permission to knock down an internal wall?

Planning permission will add to the cost of knocking down a wall if it is deemed necessary.

You can safely presume that if the property is a Grade II listed building then yes, you would have to seek planning permission.

Some walls are non-supporting partition walls and some are load bearing walls.

It is often the case that you will need not need planning permission, even on a load bearing wall but Building Regulations Approval may be necessary.

In all cases you will need to seek the advice of a structural engineer to ascertain the structure of the wall.

Cost to knock down a wall - Cost of a structural engineer

Bear in mind that paying for a structural engineer will add to the total cost of knocking down a wall.

The complexity of the project will dictate how much you will need to pay a structural engineer.

For his/her fee the engineer will be able to offer advice on how to prepare for your project to meet with building regulations.

Structural engineers will charge an hourly rate of approximately £40-£60 an hour and it is advisable that you should get 3 quotes before committing to a particular one.

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Hiring a builder to take down a wall

It is possible that with the help of others, you can take down a wall yourself.

Most people opt for a builder to take down the wall which will increase costs but ensure it is done safely.

The cost of knocking down a wall will go up if you decide that a hiring a builder is the best plan.

Again, it is worth getting a few quotes after giving a builder your exact requirements. This will give you a more accurate idea of costs.

Hourly rates and day rates are a popular way of builders to charge.

Do not pay for any work upfront and ensure, where possible to acquire references beforehand.

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Cost of Replacing Fascias And Soffits

Soffits and fascia boards are an easily overlooked aspect of roof maintenance, but as they form the join between the walls and the ceiling, they are an important part of your defences against water getting into your property. In modern houses, UPVC soffits and fascias are used as standard to bridge the gap at the bottom of the roof or to be a bit of a design feature, and in very old properties there will not be any at all. However, if your home dates from the 1930s to the late 1980s, soffits and fascia boards are probably made of wood or composite materials and need to be maintained or replaced over time.

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Replacing Fascias And Soffits - Cost Guide

The cost of replacing fascias and soffits and soffits and fascia boards themselves are an easily overlooked aspect of roof maintenance, but as they form the join between the walls and the ceiling, they are an important part of your defences against water getting into your property.

In modern houses, UPVC soffits and fascias are used as standard to bridge the gap at the bottom of the roof or to be a bit of a design feature, and in very old properties there will not be any at all.

However, if your home dates from the 1930s to the late 1980s, soffits and fascia boards are probably made of wood or composite materials and need to be maintained or replaced over time.

Fascia Painting Costs

If your soffits and fascia boards are starting to look at bit grubby and peeling, the simplest and cheapest maintenance is to have them painted rather than commit to the full cost of replacing fascias and soffits in their entirety.

The cost of the painting will depend on the size of your house as well as its design, and as more than one coat will be needed, expect to pay for two days of painting work at a cost of anything upwards of £500.

There is of course nothing to stop you painting the soffits and fascia boards yourself, assuming access to the roof line is simple.

Always choose a good quality paint designed for exterior use rather than trying to make do with standard emulsion paint or gloss.

Cladding Costs

If ripping off the original soffits and fascia boards and replacing them seems like too much work, then many people are choosing to take the simpler option of cladding.

This is also probably the best option if you live in a property where the soffit boards are made from concrete which contains asbestos.

Cladding means that new plastic soffits are made to fit over the top of the existing ones, and the advantage is that uPVC is very low maintenance and durable, making painting a thing of the past.

Although most homeowners opt for white or black soffits, the way uPVC is made means that there is always the option to go for wood effect or a large range of other colours.

Costs for an average three bedroom semi-detached house are around £1,000.

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Cost Of Replacing Fascias and Soffits Completely

If you would prefer to remove the existing soffits and fascia boards and replace them with entirely new boards, then the cost of replacing fascias and soffits is going to be higher.

Prices range from £1,500 for an average house upwards. Prices will be higher if access to the rear of the property is awkward, or if scaffolding has to be erected to get access to the roof.

Always get a variety of quotes to compare, and take recommendations from neighbours or friends who have done similar work done previously.

Replacing boards completely is a more expensive option, but it is the one recommended by the professionals as the new boards last longer than simply cladding, and clad boards can often hide something going seriously wrong with the wood underneath, and it is probably worth the extra expense to have the them replaced completely.

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Conservatory Costs – How Much Do Conservatories Cost?

If you’ve decided to add a conservatory to your home, the first thing you’ll want to know is, how much does a conservatory cost? Having a conservatory built can be expensive – after all, this is one of the most costly types of extension you can add to your home. But in the long run, it will pay dividends and should increase the price of your home.

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How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?

If you’ve decided to add a conservatory to your home, the first thing you’ll want to know is, how much does a conservatory cost? Having a conservatory built can be expensive - after all, this is one of the most costly types of extension you can add to your home. But in the long run, it will pay dividends and should increase the price of your home.

Other Considerations

So when you’re working out what kind of conservatory to have, make sure it enhances your property and blends in with its original style.

Conservatory Costs

conservatoryThe price of your conservatory will depend on the type of conservatory you choose and, of course, its size.

As with most things, you get what you pay for - so if decide to go the whole hog and get a super-luxurious bespoke hardwood conservatory, then inevitably you’ll get the most satisfaction from your conservatory and many years of enjoyment from it.

Prices for a conservatory vary wildly, but the average price for a basic conservatory is around £5,000.

There are cheaper options out there, with DIY being a good way to cut costs. This could cost around £3,000 - but you’ll need some serious DIY skills. To buy a high-end conservatory, you can expect to pay approximately £30,000.

When buying a conservatory, a good local conservatory company will be able to help you to get the best deal. You should aim to get at least three quotes for the work, that way you can get the most competitive price.

Conservatory Materials Costs

hardwood conservatoryThe type of material you install in your conservatory will affect the price you’ll pay.

There are three types of material: hardwood, aluminium and uPVC. Hardwood conservatories are the most expensive, but are arguably the most attractive as they blend in with the surrounding environment.

An aluminium conservatory is a modern, hard-wearing conservatory that allows plenty of light into the home.

Because they use slim strips of aluminium, you’ll have more space for your glass conservatory windows.

The only real downfall is that it is less well insulated than, say, uPVC.

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The Cheapest Option For Conservatories

ConservatoryAs for uPVC conservatories, these are the most common conservatories installed in the UK today.

This is the cheapest option for your conservatory, and the easiest one to maintain.

uPVC conservatories have come on leaps and bounds since the first ones were made.

At one time you could only get them in a white finish, but now they come in wood grain effects like mahogany or golden oak - so you can get that hardwood look without the cost.

Your local conservatory specialists will be able to advise you about buying a conservatory. They’ll talk you through the process and give you a list of options and prices along with more information regarding specifics of conservatory cost, dependent upon individual specifications.

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Other Home Improvement Cost Guides & Price Guides

Cost of kitchens

Combi Boiler Prices

Replacement Double Glazed Units Prices

Underfloor Heating Costs

Asbestos Survey Costs

Cost of Building A House

Loft Conversion Costs

Hip To Gable Loft Conversion Costs

House Extension Costs

Gas Boiler Prices

Fascias and Soffit Prices

Double Glazing Costs And Prices

Roof Repair Costs

New Roof Costs And Prices

Cost Of Plastering

Asbestos Removal Costs

Conservatory Costs

How Much Does Tiling Cost

There are many factors which will influence how much a tiling job will cost you. Largely it depends on whether you are providing your own materials or looking for quotes from tilers who will supply and fit the tiles, including providing tiling adhesive, tiling grout and trims. Many people forget about the additional costs involved in tiling jobs, even down to the tile spacers which do not cost much but are still a cost which must be taken into consideration.

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How Much Does Tiling Cost

If you are wonder how much does tiling cost there are many factors which will influence how much a tiling project will cost you.

Largely it depends on whether you are providing your own materials.

Alternatively, you may be looking for quotes from tilers who will supply and fit the tiles and materials.

Many people forget about the additional costs involved in tiling jobs.

This may be even down to the tile spacers which do not cost much but are still a cost to take into consideration.

Bear in mind that if you do ask your tiler to provide materials for you, whilst they may get trade discounts from suppliers, the costs of the tiles will be more than they would cost if you sourced them yourself.

They are running a business after all.

Tilers are in business to make a profit and will normally mark up the materials to cover administration and even banking fee costs, etc.

It will ordinarily work out cheaper to take a trip out to your nearest tile supplier.

There are many on the high street who provide a broad range of tiles.

Tile suppliers should also have helpful staff with a good deal of knowledge on the subject of tiles to be able to advise you.

This should enable you to source the tiles yourself.

Why not make a day of it?

Ask the DIY store adviser how many tiles you are likely to need for your job?

It's wise to measure the room size first before you go.

Knowing the size of the area to be covered with the tiling will help you to work out your costs.

You can then choose tiles within budget.

Also, ask them how much tiling adhesive, spacers and grout and trims will be needed for the job.

How Much Does Tiling Cost For Materials?

Tiles vary wildly in price range from a couple of pounds (even less sometimes) for very basic tiles.

The luxury end of tiles can be right up to 100's of pounds per square metre.

How much does tiling cost for you will obviously depend largely on budget but if you are looking to keep the costs down source the tiles yourself.

There are also many online tile suppliers who will ship tiles out within a few days.

To keep your costs down on your tiling job it is seriously worth considering sourcing materials yourself.

There are so many types of tiles that it really is a personal choice which cannot always be delegated to your tiler.

How Much Does Tiling Cost For Labour

You have your materials but now you want to know how much you are likely to pay for labour?

Again, prices range.

A bathroom fitting company who are providing a tiling service within a full bathroom refurbishment is likely to charge you more than a sole trader / independent tiler who works as a one man band.

However, whether you will get the same guarantees from a sole trader is debatable.

Look for good deals at quieter times of the year.

When companies in the construction industry are unlikely to be as busy they may negotiate on price.

Tiling is after all like any other business.

Supply and demand often dictates price.

The average price for a tiler (outside of London areas) is around £35.00 per square metre.

You can usually find much better deals than this if you get 3 quotes or more.

Comparing multiple quotes is always recommended from tilers.

Remember though, cheap is not always good.

Check tilers reviews on past jobs before accepting quotes.

Hopefully we've answered your question of how much does tiling cost so you might want to compare quotes.

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How Much Do Roofing Repairs Cost?

During the winter months, when Britain is lashed with rain and high winds, the chances of a household needing to repair the roof are far higher – but how much do roofing repairs cost?. Replacing a whole roof is a costly business, but most repairs aren’t quite so expensive, and some may even be covered by your home insurance policy.

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Looking To Get Your Roof Repaired? How Much Will It Cost?

During the winter months, when Britain is lashed with rain and high winds, the chances of a household needing to repair the roof are far higher - but how much do roofing repairs cost?.

Replacing a whole roof is a costly business, but most repairs aren’t quite so expensive, and some may even be covered by your home insurance policy.

Cost of Replacing or Repairing Broken Tiles

One of the most common repairs required at any time of year on a roof is having missing or broken tiles replaced. This is often the sort of simple repair which is covered on a home insurance policy if you have taken out home emergency cover or something similar.

The average cost for getting someone out to replace or repair tiles in your roof is £354 per square metre of tiles, including all labour and material costs.

If you live in a bungalow or another style of house with an easy to access roof it is worth considering whether you can replace tiles yourself, as roofing tiles can cost as little as £2 each.

Costs To Repair Leaking Roof

Of course it depends why your roof is leaking, but on average the bill for repairing a leaking roof comes in at £400.

Diagnosing the problem which is causing the roof to leak is often tricky as where the water appears in your house is often not directly underneath the leaky spot.

Often the leak happens between the lead flashing around the edges of the roof, or because tiles have slipped or cracked. Unless the cause of the leak is glaringly obvious, it is best to get the professionals in to find the problem area for you.

Cost of Rebuilding Chimneys

Many houses still have chimneys on them even if they no longer have a coal fire, and a cracking, crumbling chimney can cause serious damage to the roof if left to decay.

Rebuilding a chimney is not cheap though, with the average cost coming in at around £2,500. Take care of the masonry work on your chimney by having it pointed and repaired regularly so that it does not get to the stage of needing a complete rebuild.

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Costs of Retiling a Roof

If your roof has so many damaged tiles that the only option seems to be a complete retiling job, then the bill is likely to be around £3,500.

This price only includes removing and replacing the original tiles; if the rafters and frame of the roof are unsound and need to be replaced the cost could be far more.

Retiling work is generally undertaken in the warmer months when there are more hours of daylight and it is less likely to rain.

Guttering Costs

Experts advise us all to have our guttering and downpipes cleaned out on an annual basis, and this work is likely to cost around £200 for the average home.

If your gutters are easy to reach, then this is work which is fairly easy to carry out yourself. If your guttering is cracked or leaky, replacing it costs around £200 per section replaced, and a down pipe is slightly cheaper to replace at £150.

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How Much Does A New Home Security System Cost

If like many homeowners you are concerned about security around the home, chances are that you have considered investing in a home security system or burglar alarm. There are a huge range of different products on the market, and it is important to get the right system for your property and budget. Local crime prevention officers can suggest what sort of products might be appropriate, but it is essential to have a broad understanding of how much things cost before committing to anything.

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If like many homeowners you are concerned about security around the home, chances are that you have considered investing in a home security system or burglar alarm.

There are a huge range of different products on the market, and it is important to get the right system for your property and budget.

Local crime prevention officers can suggest what sort of products might be appropriate, but it is essential to have a broad understanding of how much things cost before committing to anything.

Costs of DIY options

If you are handy with a hammer and screwdriver, or know someone who is, then the most cost effective method would be to buy an off the shelf wireless alarm kit and fit it yourself.

Wireless technology means that you do not need to drill holes in walls for the wire or have any particular electrical know how.

A basic alarm system with a couple of infrared detectors, a control panel and a ringer box costs £100, with additional movement detectors costing £20 each.

The disadvantage of installing this sort of alarm is that unless fitted by a professional, they do not qualify for insurance discount.

Professional Alarm System Installation Costs

If you lack the time or know how to install a basic alarm system yourself, it will cost around £500 to get a professional to do it for you.

This will cover both the cost of the alarm unit and the labour. Most alarm installers offer an annual servicing package, and many insurers insist on servicing to qualify for a discount.

Each servicing visit costs around £80, so weigh up this cost against any savings on your home insurance.

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CCTV System Costs

Surveys suggest that many of us ignore a ringing burglar alarm, and Police do not respond to alarms unless they are alerted by a member of the public.

Many of us are therefore switching to CCTV systems to protect our houses. Cameras act as a very visual deterrent to burglars, and also record images which can be very useful when it comes to catching people responsible for burglaries.

The main issue with CCTV is that the pictures vary so much in quality. A very basic camera costs £30, but the picture may be grainy and low resolution.

Better cameras in the £50 to £60 price range produce a much clearer, sharper picture. The average cost of installing a CCTV system into an average domestic property is around £1,000 and you will also need to link it to a DVD player or computer to store and view the footage.

The average cost of installing a CCTV system into an average domestic property is around £1,000 and you will also need to link it to a DVD player or computer to store and view the footage.

Cost Of Security Lights

In order to deter burglars from the dark corners of your property, security lights are a good investment, whether or not you have an alarm too.

A light which is triggered when someone passes it costs around £25, although if you need an electrician to fit it, the cost will be around £200 all in.

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Fitted Kitchen Cost – How Much Does A New Fitted Kitchen Cost

When surveyed, top of most homeowners’ lists for home improvements is a beautiful new fitted kitchen. Kitchens are the heart of the home, and having a new kitchen fitted can add value to your property too. Replacement kitchens are not cheap, and as with everything around the house there is a wide range of prices ranging from the bargain basement to the top of the range bespoke kitchen costing tens of thousands of pounds.

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Fitted Kitchen Cost Guide

Replacement kitchens are not cheap, and as with everything around the house, when it comes to fitted kitchen cost, there is a wide range of prices ranging from the bargain basement to the top of the range bespoke kitchen costing tens of thousands of pounds.

When surveyed, top of most homeowners’ lists for home improvements is a beautiful new fitted kitchen.

Kitchens are the heart of the home, and having a new kitchen fitted can add value to your property too.

Fitted Kitchen Cost - Costs of Replacing the Doors

The cheapest option for revamping the kitchen is to leave the design and the carcass of the units intact, and just replace the doors.

It is a practical way of giving your kitchen a new look, but won’t give you the flexibility to be able to redesign the room or move the position of your appliances.

New kitchen doors can be bought for as little as £20 each, and are available in a wide range of colours and finishes.

Fitting them is a simple job too, but bear in mind that you may have to replace kickboards and other items to get a consistent look throughout the kitchen.

New Fitted Kitchen Costs

Tuscany - kitchen countertopThe second option is to leave your cooker, fridge and sink where they are, but replace the cabinets entirely.

Depending on the type of cupboards and work surface you choose, buying the units can cost anything from £2000 upwards.

It is possible to cut costs by purchasing an ex-display kitchen, or and end of range one, and this could cut costs further.

At the other end of the scale, a top of the range designer kitchen with granite work surface could cost as much as £25,000.

Fitting your new units will cost around £500 for the services of a kitchen fitter or joiner.

New Kitchen Layout

If you want to relocate the cooker, sink and other items in your kitchen then the price will climb even further.

Most companies which sell kitchens quote an “all in” price for designing the space, supplying the appliances and units and then fitting them, and the average price is around £10,000.

If you choose high spec cookers or expensive work surfaces, this price could easily double, or even treble.

Although this is a more expensive option, it also gives the opportunity to ensure that your kitchen works in the best way possible for you and your family’s needs.

Bespoke Kitchens Costs

kitchenThe most expensive, but most individual approach, is to bypass the kitchen showrooms completely and have a kitchen custom built to your specifications.

This guarantees that nobody else will have your kitchen, but will also take longer and cost more as you are paying for quality materials and craftsmanship.

A bespoke kitchen will cost between £30,000 and £50,000 including fitting but will be of such high quality that it will last decades longer than a cheaper mass produced kitchen.

Bespoke kitchens will add to the value of your home, but a good quality off the shelf kitchen will probably add the same value at a lower cost.

Prices For Kitchens

You can expect to pay anything from a few hundred pounds for a few basic repairs to your old kitchen, to thousands for a new kitchen that’s been designed around your needs.

It may be worth sitting down and working out how much cash you have to spare, then matching your kitchen design to your budget.

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Fitted Kitchen Cost - Kitchen Units

Buying your kitchen units from a large chain of shops will be less expensive than getting them at an individual specialist retailer, so make sure you shop around before parting with your hard-earned cash!

Costs Of Kitchen Installation

Assembling kitchen units.The cost of installing a kitchen depends on what labour is involved in the job.

You could end up spending anything from £300 to £3,000 on labour.

Kitchen worktops should cost around £150 for basic work surfaces right up to £3,000 for the very best.

For new kitchen cabinets, you’ll be paying from £1,000 to a hefty £6,000.

When paying for the appliances, there are all sorts of ways to cut down the costs - including being careful not to buy anything you really don’t need!

If all your kitchen appliances need replacing, this could cost you a tidy sum of £1,500.

If you can salvage anything from your old kitchen, you’ll be able to make more savings.

Finding A Kitchen Fitter

It’s a good idea to have a professional kitchen fitter round to see what needs to be done.

They’ll be able to give you some advice and a list of costs. You may even find that some of them are offering deals such as free fitting.

Always Compare Quotes

Call up a few local kitchen fitters and ask them for a price.

Then you can pick the best deal based on the cost of fitting a kitchen and the time it’ll take them to do it.

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Other Home Improvement Cost Guides & Price Guides

In addition to fitted kitchen cost and price guides you may need other estimates:

Cost of kitchens

Combi Boiler Prices

Replacement Double Glazed Units Prices

Underfloor Heating Costs

Asbestos Survey Costs

Cost of Building A House

Loft Conversion Costs

House Extension Costs

Costs and Prices For Asbestos Removal

Gas Boiler Prices

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How Much Does Asbestos Removal Cost?

Asbestos was widely used as a building material in the UK throughout the latter part of the 20th century and at the time it was not known that it could cause lung and breathing conditions. Now most of us are aware of the dangers of asbestos, and if we think we have it in insulation or floor tiles, the first instinct is to rip it out immediately. There are some sorts of asbestos which can be removed by homeowners, but many prefer to steer clear of the job and get the professionals in. But how much does asbestos removal cost?

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Found Asbestos In Your Home - How Much Does It Cost To Get It Removed?

Asbestos was widely used as a building material in the UK throughout the latter part of the 20th century and at the time it was not known that it could cause lung and breathing conditions.

Now most of us are aware of the dangers of asbestos, and if we think we have it in insulation or floor tiles, the first instinct is to rip it out immediately.

There are some sorts of asbestos which can be removed by homeowners, but many prefer to steer clear of the job and get the professionals in. But how much do asbestos removal services cost?

Asbestos Survey Costs

The first thing you will need to pay for is a survey which will determine whether you have asbestos in your house, what type it is, how much of it there is and how it should be removed, if it should be removed at all.

There are a range of private companies which carry out these surveys and some local Councils do too.

You can expect to pay around £250 for an asbestos survey on your property, but shop around for the best deal locally.

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Asbestos Removal Costs

If you have determined that there is asbestos in the lagging around your pipes, or in panels around your boiler, and have decided that you do not want to remove it yourself, then look for an approved contractor to do the work for you.

It can be tempting to panic when you hear the word “asbestos” and agree to the first and only price you have been quoted but remember that asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed and there is no need to rush into its removal.

Ask at least three approved contractors to come round and quote for the job, and then choose the best quote out of the three, bearing in mind factors such as price, how quickly they can start and how long they expect the job to take.

On average, customers pay around £3000 for asbestos to be removed from their home but the final asbestos removal costs will very much depend on where in the home the asbestos has been found (e.g. garages, garage roofs, asbestos roofing, roofs) and how much of it there is.

Price Of Disposal Of Asbestos

If you have got a professional contractor in to remove the asbestos in your home or from an asbestos garage, then the price will include the costs for disposal of all of the material too and it also may include the price of taking down the garage too or removal of the roofing sheets.

If however your survey has found that your home contains the type of asbestos which you can remove yourself, then you will have to pay disposal costs.

Rules vary from Council to Council area; some will remove a certain weight of asbestos free of charge, others charge by weight and others have a fixed cost.

Check with the Environmental Health department of your local Council to find out what charges apply locally.

The charges for Council removal are kept deliberately low to stop people from being tempted to fly tip hazardous waste, so if a fee is charged for asbestos disposal, is it often £200 or less.

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How Much Does It Cost To Unblock A Drain

Knowing the answer to the question: how much does it cost to unblock a drain will perhaps encourage you to get drainage problems fixed as preventative measures rather than emergency repair jobs. The latter is always more expensive and can cause big disruptions.

Blocked drains are usually caused by a build-up of debris like dirt, grease and even garden waste like leaves. They can prevent use of essential places like bathrooms and kitchens and small jobs can easily escalate into big ones meaning a huge cost to you.

Compare plumbers quoteswaterKnowing the answer to the question: how much does it cost to unblock a drain will perhaps encourage you to get drainage problems fixed as preventative measures rather than emergency repair jobs. The latter is always more expensive and can cause big disruptions.

Blocked drains are usually caused by a build-up of debris like dirt, grease and even garden waste like leaves. They can prevent use of essential places like bathrooms and kitchens and small jobs can easily escalate into big ones meaning a huge cost to you.

Different methods of getting your drains unblocked

There a various ways of getting your drains blocked, meaning there are numerous ways of removing any blockages, in turn, meaning varying costs.

Below are examples of general costs some providers charge to give you an idea when deliberating how much does it cost to unblock a drain.

  • Water jetting and rodding work is regarded as clearance or unblocking. An hourly charge of approximately £30-£40 is usually applicable
  • Chemical unblocking is often charged at a fixed price of about £80
  • If you require a septic tank to be emptied the average cost is around £150 - £200 per year. Prices also vary depending on location
  • CCTV is used when problems are more concealed than usual. Typical blockages found are tree roots or cracks and fractures in the pipes. Some companies offer this service as a free promotion but generally, prices are charged by the hour and range from £90 for one hour to £500 for a full day.

Part of your approach when it comes to asking how much does it cost to unblock a drain, should be gaining 3 quotes from different companies. Asking the following questions will help you decide:

  • Do you offer a free assessment?
  • Do you offer a free CCTV inspection?
  • Do you have a 24 hour call out service?
  • Does your price for a cleaning service include inspection of manholes or damage from root growth?
  • Does your emergency call out fee include cleaning of the drains once a blockage has been removed?
  • How qualified are the workmen unblocking the drains? Having a listing on the NADC (National Association of Drainage Contractors) website can help indicate professionalism

Finally, when you are calculating how much does it cost to unblock a drain, you should consider whether or not your drainage problem concerns a public sewer.

If so, then it is your water supplier who will have to foot the bill so contact them as soon as you can.

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How Much Does It Cost To Aerate Your Lawn

Lawn aeration is a good way of keeping your lawn looking and feeling healthy. Overtime soil becomes compacted and drainage can suffer effecting the quality of your lawn. If you want to know: how much does it cost to aerate your lawn then we have compiled a few guidelines below to help you out.

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Compare quotes for gardening, garden design and landscaping from gardeners across the UK with Top Tradespeople Lawn aeration is a good way of keeping your lawn looking and feeling healthy.

Overtime soil becomes compacted and drainage can suffer effecting the quality of your lawn.

If you want to know: how much does it cost to aerate your lawn then we have compiled a few guidelines below to help you out.

Aerating tools

You should factor in the cost of tools when working out how much to aerate your lawn. The main cost of aerating your lawn is time, particularly if you have a large lawn area.

  • Manual aerators include pitch forks and garden forks and are £10+ from a DIY store
  • Petrol operated lawn aerators cost upwards of £200
  • A hollow tined aerator is a tubular tool which digs into the soil and removes a small cylindrical divert. They cost around £15
  • Shoes with spikes on are another form of aerator which will cost you approximately £10
  • Aerating rollers which are pushed like a lawnmower are priced at upwards of £30
  • If you want to try and make the work lighter you could buy an electric lawn aerator for around £120

After care also needs to be brought into the equation when calculating how much does it cost to aerate a lawn. After you have aerated the lawn consider buying some good quality river sand to lay on top.

A bag is priced around £4. Sprinkling approximately 2-3Ib a square metre of fertiliser will also add life to your lawn. Fertiliser can be purchased from any DIY store for a few pounds per packet.

For well used lawns you should aerate it once a year but if it is only used lightly then you can manage to do it every few years, cutting back on cost.

If you want to hire an aerator then you will be looking at £30 - £60 a day depending on the area you live in. For the average sized lawn you will need approximately an hour to aerate it.

Petrol powered ones cost about £200 per day from hire shops such as HSS.

When considering how much does it cost to aerate a lawn you should also think about natural methods of aeration. Adding worms into the soil will help.

Deep watering your grass will make it more attractive to worms as well as leaning away from using chemicals on your grass.

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How Much Does It Cost To Tile A Bathroom

Bathroom tiling is an intricate job which requires patience and time. Some jobs are simpler than others and all bathrooms are different sizes; both of these factors should be considered when working out how much does it cost to tile a bathroom. The cost parameters for tiling a bathroom are from around £300 – £950 a day depending on the time taken and level of difficulty involved.

Your bathroom may be a small standard 9ft x 11 ft which will work out at approximately 2-3 days’ work and result in approximately £600 – £1,000. For larger bathrooms and more intricate work you will be looking at prices up to £1300. Location will also impact on the amount you will end up paying and you should always aim to get 3 quotes from local tilers.

The choice of tile will also partly answer the question how much does it cost to tile a bathroom. For example, if you have very small tiles then these will take longer to work with than larger tiles. The latter could take just one day while mosaic ones could take 3 days. If your tiler is charging you a day rate then obviously, your costs have tripled. The actual cost of the tiles themselves will also impact on the total cost of tiling a bathroom.

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Bathroom tiling is an intricate job which requires patience and time.

Some jobs are simpler than others and all bathrooms are different sizes.

Both of these factors should be considered when working out how much does it cost to tile a bathroom.

The cost parameters for tiling a bathroom are from around £300 - £950 a day depending on the time taken and level of difficulty involved.

Your bathroom may be a small standard 9ft x 11 ft which will work out at approximately 2-3 days’ work and result in approximately £600 - £1,000.

For larger bathrooms and more intricate work you will be looking at prices up to £1300.

Location will also impact on the amount you will end up paying and you should always aim to get 3 quotes.

The choice of tile will also partly answer the question how much does it cost to tile a bathroom.

For example, if you have very small tiles then these will take longer to work with than larger tiles.

The latter could take just one day while mosaic ones could take 3 days.

If your tiler is charging you a day rate then obviously, your costs have tripled.

The actual cost of the tiles themselves will also impact on the total cost of tiling a bathroom.

Bathroom floor tiling costs

Laying a floor of a bathroom can also involve tiling and should therefore be considered when calculating: how much does it cost to tile a bathroom.

For the semi-serious DIY expert it is relatively easy to lay a bathroom floor which can save on the cost of paying for labour.

The more complex the job the more hours it will take for a tile layer to complete the work.

However, be careful not to cut corners too much as this will result in having to have the job done again.

Tips for tiling work

Below are a few basic hints and tips to help you when you’re deliberating how much does it cost to tile a bathroom.

  • Make sure grout and adhesives are included in the price a tiler quotes for
  • Some tilers have a minimum half day charge to make a job worthwhile – check with your tiler if this applies to you
  • Have your walls ready for tiling to begin .i.e. remove all old tiles
  • Have your tiles ready for him/her to look at so he/she can give you an accurate price
  • Find out if your tiler has insurance in case of any accidents
  • It’s advisable to ask your tiler to purchase any materials as he is less likely to forget anything like dado rails or extra grout

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How Much Should You Pay For A New Bathroom

The cost of renovating a bathroom varies enormously depending on the size of the room and the extent of the work. Replacing items such as sinks and toilets but keeping them in the same place will cost considerably less than redesigning the space and installing baths and showers in different positions. Moving items around in a bathroom, or adding additional items, will mean moving or installing new pipes, which can significantly increase both costs and time. Keep this in mind when you plan your new bathroom, and consider how best to use your budget. Whilst you can always choose to compare quotes from bathroom installers this brief guide should give you an idea of the costs involved in getting a new bathroom fitted.

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Like For Like Bathrooms Versus Redesign Costs

The cost of renovating a bathroom varies enormously depending on the size of the room and the extent of the work.

Replacing items such as sinks and toilets but keeping them in the same place will cost considerably less than redesigning the space and installing baths and showers in different positions.

Moving items around in a bathroom, or adding additional items, will mean moving or installing new pipes, which can significantly increase both costs and time.

Keep this in mind when you plan your new bathroom, and consider how best to use your budget.

Waste Disposal and Skip Hire Costs

Depending on how much work is being carried out, it could be most cost effective to either dispose of small waste amounts yourself or think about hiring a skip.

Tradespeople are charged business rates to get rid of waste, which often incurs a minimum charge. If you ask your plumber just to take away a toilet, this could be a relatively costly addition to your final bill.

When choosing your bathroom installer, ask if they charge by the hour or half-day. If they have a minimum half-day charge, you’ll get more for your money by combining a few smaller jobs that can be done at the same time or look for someone who will quote for the specific time expected for the particular task.

Costs To Replace Sinks, Baths and Toilets

To have an existing sink or toilet removed and disposed of, and to install a new one that you have bought, could cost anywhere between £70 - £140, based on 1-3 hours’ work.

Removing and replacing a bath, again with you supplying the new bath and the trader disposing of the old one, could cost anywhere in the region of £120-220 for 3-5 hours’ work.

There could also be some unexpected costs that may be incurred whilst the work is being carried out. It may be necessary to replace pipework if it is found to be old or damaged.

Removing existing furniture like baths or toilets may cause damage to tiles. Ask about these scenarios before work begins and what the potential charges could be.

Bathroom Tiling Costs

Tiling is an area where costs can vary for many reasons, from £300 for a small room to £1300 for a larger space. If you have removed the old tiles yourself, and the walls are in a good condition and ready for work to begin, a quote will be much less than a quote for the same area if you need the tradesperson to take off the tiles before starting or if the wall condition is poor.

The quotes you will receive are generally based on tiling costs only, with you supplying the tiles. Check if you need to supply the grout/adhesive, and remember that the area will be covered in less time if you have picked large tiles. Smaller tiles, or creating an intricate pattern, will often take longer and therefore result in a bigger bill.

Paying for experience is worth it not only for a neat, professional finish but it could also keep the quote down: an experienced tiler should be able to complete the work more quickly.

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En Suite Bathroom Installation Costs

If you have a family and just one bathroom, you’ll know how much of a crush it can be getting ready in the morning. Even if you don’t, having guests seems so much easier when you can allow them the privacy of access to a bathroom they don’t have to share.

Whatever your reasons, installing an en suite can make life in your home easier and with an expected increase in the value of your property of around £4,000 it can make the outlay a very wise expense.

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How Much Might Installing An En Suite Bathroom Cost?

En suite bathroom installation cost - how much does installing an en suite bathroom costIf you have a family and just one bathroom, you'll know how much of a crush it can be getting ready in the morning.

Even if you don't, having guests seems so much easier when you can allow them the privacy of access to a bathroom they don't have to share.

Whatever your reasons, installing an en suite can make life in your home easier and with an expected increase in the value of your property of around £4,000 it can make the outlay a very wise expense.

Creating the space

The most straightforward way to create the space for an en suite for one of the bedrooms in your home is to partition a section of the room.

If you have an oddly-shaped room or an area that's recessed from the rest of the space, this could be the ideal location for your new en suite.

If possible, choosing an area that runs along an external wall for at least part of the partitioned space is ideal but it's not always necessary.

With the kinds of plumbing and extraction options available, most locations can be catered to with a little ingenuity.

Plumbing and fitting

Most home-owners installing an en suite will include a toilet, sink and shower cubicle in the space. This allows you to have all you're likely to need without setting foot outside the bedroom.

Depending on the space you have available you may choose to economise with just a toilet and sink, or splash out on a bath with shower over. It really does depend on what room you have in your partitioned area.

Your shower, sink and toilet will need mains water supply routed to the area where your en suite is to be installed. There will also need to be a route for waste to be flushed away.

If your en suite is installed some distance from the main waste outflow, there are plenty of solutions that can help to get the waste pumped from where it is to where it needs to be.

Water pumps and waste macerators are available in a range of shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

Counting the cost

As with all things, the cost of installation will depend on a number of factors such as the amount of work required to partition the area, the type of fixtures and fittings you choose and the cost of the labour.

Installation of a small en suite with standard sink, toilet and single shower cubicle is likely to cost between £4,000 and £5,000 inclusive of all materials and labour.

As with anything, if you're going for quality and style the sky is the limit in terms of how much you can spend to get exactly what you want.

However, if the job is likely to be complex, need a considerable amount of plumbing work to bring the water supply to the area where you're installing the room or structural work to make the area suitable for conversion, this can have a significant impact on the price.

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Conservatory Prices

Conservatory prices vary according to where you live, your conservatory design and, of course, the size of your new conservatory. In the south of England, you should expect to pay a higher price for your conservatory. But the rules for finding a good deal for a conservatory remain the same wherever you live.

conservatory pricesCompare conservatory quotesConservatory prices vary according to where you live, your conservatory design and, of course, the size of your new conservatory.

In the south of England, you should expect to pay a higher price for your conservatory. But the rules for finding a good deal for a conservatory remain the same wherever you live.

Compare Several Quotes For Conservatories

First and foremost, if you’re having your conservatory built, you should look up at least three conservatory specialists and get quotes for the work. That way, you’ll be able to find the cheapest price for your extension.

Consider Additional Costs

When you’re budgeting for your conservatory, you’re not just talking about the price to erect your conservatory. Don’t forget other costs, such as the price to knock through from an adjoining room - this can cost upwards of £200.

There’s also drainage to take into account. You’re looking at about another £200 to build a soakaway. If you’re replacing another structure, such as a greenhouse, then you’ll have to factor in the cost to dispose of it.

The price of this could come in at around £300. To have your electricity supply fitted, you could be charged anything from £200.

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Make Use Of Free Advice

So if you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s always best to have a professional conservatory company come in and explain what needs to be done and how much it will cost you.

They should go through the design of your conservatory with you, and any planning permission or building regulations that may apply.

They’ll look at your budget and make sure you get the best deal for the conservatory you want.

UPVC or Timber?

As a guide, average conservatory prices in the UK are approximately £5,000. The most popular material used is uPVC, which is hard-wearing and well-insulated.

At the top end of the range, you can pay up to £30,000 for your conservatory. For this money you should get a super-duper, luxury conservatory that will extend your property considerably.

Whatever amount you decide to spend on a new conservatory, make sure you don’t scrimp on quality. Even if your budget is low, go for the best conservatory windows you can afford.

Make sure your tradesmen use the best materials and lastly, ensure that you’ve chosen the right specialist conservatory firm for the job.

Conservatory As An Investment

You should look at your conservatory as an investment in the future of your home. Done well, it will serve you for many years to come - and it’ll also pay dividends when you decide to sell your house.

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