I found all of my tradespeople through mybuilder.com which works a bit like TripAdvisor for workmen.
It’s difficult to write a review for some of the work. The damp course company don’t deserve negative feedback, they turned up and worked their asses off get the jobs done and went the extra mile finishing the plastering before Christmas, and replacing and repairing damage done to floorboards and skirtings. They were like a whirlwind of activity for the entire of December. There were different people there every day but all of them were friendly and polite. My review on mybuilder will be positive to reflect the fact that they did a good job for a fair price.
When the job was initially quoted for I was asked about the carpets, I said I’d like to keep them. Something was said about how the workmen would treat the house as a building site as I wasn’t living there yet but that he’d make sure they knew. He said there would be dust sheets.
We’d just finished laying the kitchen floor tiles when I got the message that work would start next morning so I didn’t bother finishing the grouting, expecting they’d get a bit dusty. Black dust and wet white grout don’t mix too well.
When the team arrived I reminded the one who seemed to be in charge that I was hoping to keep the carpets. We had folded the living room and dining room ones up to protect them. He said he’d get dust sheets. It was about to get messy so I left and went to work for the day.
The pictures of the carpet when I returned are on this page along with my new tiles. The dust sheets used were actually one of my sheets and the cardboard box from my new oven.
So, it was messier than I had anticipated, my carpets in the living and dining room aren’t salvageable and my kitchen floor needs a good scrub and some tiles replacing.
To be fair they did clean up. But they used my Henry, with the bag removed, and left it like this;
The next stages of injecting the damp course and reapplying the render were all great, they also treated the woodworm and fitted in replastering before Christmas. I have no complaints about any of the work done. They even tried to unblock my drain for me.
Replacing the radiators took longer than it needed to, more about that here. But as they explained, replacing the radiators wasn’t included in the quote so it must be standard practice to leave them off.
They left the place fairly tidy, there’s only a section of ecodrain and a couple of metal strips left in the back yard, only one of my kitchen wall tiles got knocked off as the cement mixer was carried back through the house and my front yard is only 1/3 full of rotten wood and other debris.