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Homeowner News

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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Trade News

New trade start up: Everything you need to know about setting up a business

As a start up, navigating the world of business is a daunting task. In the trade sector, standing out from the crowd is a matter of risk assessing, forward planning and laying the groundwork for success. ‘How to start up a business?’ is something every budding entrepreneur types into a search engine at least once….

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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 HeatingNews

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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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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acoustic insulator

Painter & DecoratorTrade News

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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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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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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Van livery application

Trade News

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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van security


Protect your van

Tool theft has been an issue that the construction industry has struggled with for many years. In fact, research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found that over half of British builders alone have fallen victim to the crime. It’s an increase of two-thirds since 2015 and means that tool theft has now accounted...

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Plumbing apprentice


Why should I bring a plumbing apprentice onboard?

Next month, young people across the country will receive their exam results and begin to think about entering the world of work. For some students this will mean considering an apprenticeship, especially as university fees continue to rise. If you run a plumbing firm, bringing an apprentice on-board can make a huge difference. In this...

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bringing on an apprentice

Trade News

Bringing on an apprentice

Later this month, students across the UK will begin to receive their GCSE and A-Level results and will start planning for a new phase in their lives. For many, this might mean enrolling at university, but with more and more students put off by skyrocketing tuition fees and decreasing job opportunities, some will instead look...

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New van lease

Trade News

Is it time to buy a new van?

When it’s time to trade in the van for a new model, are you torn between purchasing your van outright, or going for a lease agreement? In this blog, we examine the pros and cons of both, to help you work out what’s right for your business. Is it smart to buy a new van?...

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Vetting Adviser Siobhan Clark

Trade News

Behind The Scenes – Vetting Team

For the latest in our series introducing members of the Checkatrade team, we spoke to Siobhan Clark from our Vetting Team, whose job it is to ensure all of our new members meet our exacting standards. What is your position at Checkatrade? I’m a Vetting Advisor for new members. Basically, I’m the person who makes...

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