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Top 5 tips for buying a van on eBay

With over 30,000 listings, eBay is a great place to find the best used van. But how does eBay work when buying commercial vehicles? And how do you ensure you stay safe? Dan Powell of Honest John Vans shares his top 5 tips. Sign up and start small It only takes a few minutes to…

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How to paint on new plaster for perfect results

Newly plastered walls can add a sleek and stylish element to your home. However, correctly painting fresh plaster can be somewhat challenging. This is why it is essential to take a look at a handful of steps so that this surface will retain all of its beauty for years to come. Although we always recommend…

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Central HeatingGas Work

How to tell if your gas engineer is working legally

Did you know that gas engineers are the only tradespeople where it is compulsory for them to be part of a registration body in order to carry out work legally? If not, you’re not alone… Research carried out by Gas Safe Register found that more than half (52%) of those surveyed admit that they have...

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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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Planning an aesthetic kitchen

Kitchen Fitting

4 tips to help you decide your kitchen’s aesthetic

There’s a galaxy of options out there when it comes to kitchen aesthetics, so don’t feel too disheartened if you’re a homeowner unsure about your next step in the kitchen overhaul process. This post will aim to shed some light on the tricky journey to kitchen nirvana by providing tips to help you decide what...

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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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Braod beans taken from your garden

Landscape Gardening

Want to love your garden all year round?

If you love your garden but don’t know what to do with it in the winter, we have some ideas to keep you enjoying your outside space all season long. If you have the room, why not start by growing a vegetable patch? There are all sorts of vegetables that can be planted in the...

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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

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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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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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