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Professional Builder Live 2019

The Checkatrade team are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at Professional Builder Live events in 2019. Please come along and meet our experts. All visitors are welcome and we will be ready to answer any of your questions. Alexandra Palace, London 30-31 January 2019, 10am – 4pm EventCity, Manchester 14 – 15 March 2019, 10am…

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Homeowner

Coming in 2019 Homeowner Cost Guides

Setting the right budget is crucial to the success of your project We know it’s difficult to estimate how much even a small home improvement project will cost, that’s why we’ve put in place plans to deliver a range of cost guides for some of the most sought after home improvements project in the United…

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Tradespeople fit out office

ArchitectsCarpenters & JoinersElectricianFlooringPainter & Decorator

What Tradesmen are needed for an Office Fit out?

Professional tradespeople used within an office fit out project include partitioners, ceiling fixers, decorators, carpenters, and other specialist trades Partitioners Partition walls can be offered in a range of finishes from solid demountable to full height glazed partitioning. Skilled installers use good quality materials to achieve acoustic insulation. Most partitioning is demountable meaning it doesn’t...

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Stopcock location

Plumbing

Where to Look when you Can’t Find your Stopcock

When a pipe has just burst, what’s the worst that can happen? You can’t find the stopcock. Leaks are unpredictable but acting fast will help to prevent water damage destroying your property, so you need to get to your stopcock as quickly as possible. Where is my stopcock?  The stopcock is usually found under the...

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Old plumbing can burst

Plumbing

What to do when a Pipe Bursts

Last winter saw more snow days than we can remember, resulting in lots of home disasters – which is why we need to start preparing our pipes now to help avoid flooding and other costly water damage. Having a plumber check if your pipes are prone to freezing is the best way to prevent potential...

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preventing decking from decaying

Carpentry & JoineryLandscape Gardening

How to Prevent your Decking from Decaying

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to preparing your garden decking for the change in seasons. Repairing or replacing damaged decking and broken sections can be a big and costly job, so if you can prepare and preserve your panels, you’ll be well on your way to looking after your wood for winter....

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Getting your gutters clean

GutteringRoofing

Get your Gutters sorted for the New Season

The nights are drawing in, the weathers on the turn and the leaves are going brown and crispy. It’s officially autumn and time to start thinking about getting your gutters ready for the changing seasons. Great Britain is renowned for our heavy downpours, blustery winds and colourful falling leaves and this unfortunately means that the...

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air extractor vents need cleaning

Electrical

Why you need to Clean your Extractor Fan

How often do you think to clean your extractor fan? We think that this is one of the most overlooked household jobs, but you need to make it a must-do. Why do I need to clean my extractor fan?  Extractor fans draw up plenty of airborne particles and dust which collect in the vents, filters...

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Homeowner

Creating the Ultimate At-Home Gym from Floor to Ceiling

 The dream of having your very own home gym is a common one – and it’s little wonder. Who wouldn’t want to work out away from all the annoying people you find at the gym? The too-loud headphones, the treadmill-hoggers, and, of course, those who are only there for the selfies… Even if you’re one...

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Electrician tools

Electrical

What is a High Integrity Consumer Unit and When Should It Be Used?

Often hidden away from view, the consumer unit is the central hub of the home’s electrical network from where all circuits are connected to the main supply and isolated when required. Protecting circuits, appliances and crucially the occupants, it is in many ways, the single most important electrical device in the home. Yet it’s only...

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Health and safety focus tradespeople wearing protective workwear

Trade

What Does Health and Safety in Construction Look Like in 2018?

The construction sector represents 7% of the UK workforce, which equates to around 2.2 million people. As a result, the health and safety of those who work in the industry is paramount to ensuring construction sites – in terms of both large, commercial projects and smaller, residential briefs – operate in a time-efficient and secure...

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Bathroom overhaul ideas

Bathroom FittingPlumbing

5 Budget Bathroom Overhaul Ideas

If you’re investing some serious money into a home-wide renovation, the majority of your budget will typically be spent on living areas, the kitchen and the bedrooms. After all, you might think a bathroom overhaul would mean a full-scale rip out and replace job, eating up your budget and leaving you unable to use such...

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