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How do you deal with late payments and unpaid invoices?

One of the most uncomfortable parts of being self-employed is dealing with customers and clients that fail to pay you on time. On one hand, you need to make sure you get paid promptly for your work, but on the other, you want to keep things civil and not antagonise a client who may want…

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Holiday homes on the rise: Homeowners set to make nearly £1bn from staycationers

Holiday homes are the latest trend to arise from lockdown, suggests new research from UK’s leading trade directory Checkatrade,* with 30% of Brits considering letting their homes out to staycationers this year. They stand to make a potential £986 million from the Brits planning to splash the cash on holidaying in the homeland this year….

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construction risks

Trade

Risks contractors face while on the job

Most people believe that contractors have it made. Most of the time, they wouldn’t be wrong.  Contractors do have it made, as they have flexible working hours, they earn more money, and they are their own boss. Being a contractor, however, is not without its obstacles. Contractors may have more perks and make more money...

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Checkatrade named Online Trade Directory of the Year 2018

We’ve been named the best in the industry at the On the Tools Awards. We scooped the Online Trade Directory of the Year title at the fourth annual On the Tools Awards evening, assuming the top spot above shortlisted companies Rated People and Plentific. The awards celebrate the best in employees, sub-contractors, tool manufacturers, and...

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Inline Extractor Fan

Kitchen Fitter

When should you use an inline extractor fan?

The short answer is whenever possible! An inline fan has several distinct advantages over a standard wall mounted axial fan. These include: Much higher extraction rates: the most powerful wall mounted 4-inch axial fan (the Silent Tornado from Vents) offers 97m3/hr in lab test conditions. Whilst this is pretty good, most standard 4-inch inline fans...

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Qualified boiler engineer checking boiler

Central HeatingPlumbing

Look after your boiler and it will look after you

Our boilers are an important part of our home but sometimes we don’t give them the attention they deserve. Here are some tips on how you can try to prevent the dreaded boiler breakdown. Condensate Pipes This is the small white or grey plastic pipe that sticks out of your property behind the boiler. This...

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20 years Checkatrade

News

20 years of protecting consumers against rogue traders

Checkatrade.com began in 1998, after a tornado devastated the coastal town of Selsey, West Sussex. The tornado caused over £10M worth of storm damage and saw some residents become victims of rogue traders. We have become the consumer choice for finding a reputable tradesperson by staying true to our core business belief which is ‘Checkatrade.com...

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wordpress website

Trade

How to build yourself a better website with minimal time, effort and money

The internet is now central to life and especially commerce. But did you know that building a website for your business is quick and very cost effective – in fact you could do it yourself. It doesn’t have to be a costly exercise. To get you started, we’ve rounded up the best, easiest and most...

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Stain removal

Homeowner

The ultimate guide to stain removal

Different stains require alternative methods of cleaning and it is always important to keep the surface in consideration too. Stubborn stains can ruin the look of an otherwise pristine house and carpets are among the worst offenders. Whether something has been spilt during a party, dirt has built up over time from shoes or boots...

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Tradespeople fit out office

Carpenters & Joiners

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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Electrician tools

ElectricalNews

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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Boiler serviced annually

Central HeatingNews

6 reasons to get your boiler serviced annually

Boilers are an essential part of every household. Providing hot water and heating, whenever you need it. There are many reasons as to why you should get your boiler serviced regularly. The energy that you use from your boiler represents over half of your energy bills and so it is essential for you to make...

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Homeowner

Finding a trustworthy tradesperson – by Sainsburys Bank

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Press and check smoke alarm

Electrical

Check Smoke Alarms

Official advice is to check your smoke alarm at least once a month, whilst you’re busy on your spring clean take the time to do an additional check. It’s quick and easy to do, just remember to tell everyone at home that you are doing it before the alarm goes off. Before you test, vacuum...

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