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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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Damp proofing

Damp proofing experts are winning with Checkatrade

Based in Hampshire, City Damp Solutions is a damp proofing, timber treatment and plastering specialist company run by Ross Ashton and James Smith. The firm was established in 2017 and quickly signed up to become a Checkatrade Member. Before starting his venture, Ross had over 20 years’ experience in the industry, which had made him...

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selecting the best boiler

Central Heating

Best boilers for central heating

While there are several boilers on the market, finding the best boiler for your home can be difficult. Nowadays, there are three main types of domestic boilers; combi boilers, system boilers and conventional boilers. However, as new government regulations require at least 92% efficiency, most new boiler installations are combi-boilers. In this blog, we look...

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Electrician

Becoming a TV aerial installer

It’s never been as popular for tradespeople to add extra qualifications to their existing skillset. Doing so is helping those in the trade to take on additional jobs and make more money. Increasingly, tradespeople are finding value in discovering more about tv aerial installer skills. In this blog, we explain more about becoming an aerial...

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Soundproofing a room can be profitable work

Dealing with noise problems is becoming a real money-maker for installers. It’s no surprise, as a third of Britons say that their lives are being affected by unwanted sounds coming from next door. Whether it’s a late-night party or just a loud TV, there are several reasons why installers might benefit from becoming more educated...

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boiler check

Central Heating

Home boiler care & maintenance: 5 top tips

Many of us don’t give our boilers a second thought until there’s a problem. When that happens, it’s quickly apparent just how important it is to the home. None of us want to end up in that situation, which is why it’s essential to try and maintain your boiler system to prevent damage. In this...

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roof repair

Roofing

Roof Replacement Checklist

Your roof is amongst one of the most essential parts of your home, as it’s what protects your property from the elements. Unfortunately, from time to time, roofs can suffer damage and might need to be repaired. In this checklist, we go through everything you need to know about fixing your roof problem. How to...

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Central Heating

Common Boiler Faults

For most people, boiler issues are expensive. The minute there’s an issue, most of us instinctively reach for our wallets. However, some common boiler faults can be easily fixed without the need of an expert. In this blog, we explain some of the most common faults and detail how you can go about fixing them...

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Fencer

How Dave Green grew his fencing firm

In just over a decade, Dave Green’s firm, Wesson Fencing, has grown from a one-man-band to an established firm with 12 employees. Now regarded as one of Surrey’s leading fencing contractors, the company has used Checkatrade to help attract new customers and build its reputation. Here, Dave shares some top tips for his fellow tradespeople...

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invoice payment

Trade News

Getting paid: know your rights

Most customers are happy to pay a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, but there are a few bad apples who will look to delay payment, or even worse, try and avoid it altogether. In this blog, we look at what you need to know about getting paid on time and what to...

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Stick out from the crowd

There are a number of ways to make your van more eye-catching – and attract more business in the process. In this article, we detail our top tips to ensure you’re getting the most from your vehicle’s design. Why should you add branding to your van? • Helps to build credibility, making your business look...

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