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We are spreading a little love this February by giving away 10 FREE jobs! Post a job before the 23rd of February, and you could get it paid for by MyBuilder!

Ten lucky job posters during Free Job February will be selected at random and each one will get the cost of their job reimbursed, up to the value of £1,000.

Got a long to-do list? There is no limit to the number of jobs you can post, so post as many jobs as you like before 23rd February and they will all be entered into the prize draw. Winners will be announced from 8th March.

Whether you want a brand new bathroom, or to just get that dodgy light switch fixed, post the job now to be in with a chance to win.

 

 

 

Terms and conditions

 

  • Your entry to the competition in the form of a job post on the site is subject to approval by MyBuilder. Entries need to be posted on the site – and approved by the MyBuilder jobs team – between 00:01 on 9th February and 23:59 on 23rd February 2018. Jobs posted or approved after this will not be included in the competition, Free Job February. Work does not need to have commenced to be eligible for entry.
  • Ten jobs will be selected by random draw – and will be paid for by MyBuilder (by reimbursement), up to a maximum value of £1,000 per job.
  • All selected winners will each need to show that their job has been completed – by a MyBuilder tradesperson – before payment is made.
  • Proof of payment for the work will need to be provided to MyBuilder before reimbursement of up to £1,000 are paid.
  • Winners will be announced after the 8th March
  • The winner will be notified via email or phone and will have 7 days to respond. If MyBuilder does not receive a response from any selected winner within 7 days of the prize draw, that winner’s prize will be forfeited.
  • Any outstanding costs, in excess of the £1,000 maximum prize value, must be paid in full by the job poster.
  • No cash or other alternative prize is available.
  • There is no limit on the number of jobs a single homeowner can post.
  • All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and permanent UK residents.
  • To receive the prize, you need to agree to the following conditions: To assign all relevant intellectual and property rights to MyBuilder; to agree that your job information may be used for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation; and to agree that you may be contacted for publicity purposes.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify entries, without notice, and for any reason.
  • Employees of MyBuilder are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • MyBuilder reserves the right to withdraw or amend this competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside its reasonable control without liability to entrants, the prize winner or any third party.

In addition, MyBuilder’s standard terms & conditions and privacy policy apply to this competition.

Each month, the MyBuilder team heads out on the road to see the great work being done by tradespeople up and down the country. We love seeing the jobs that are being worked on, whether it’s a simple but satisfying fix, or a huge and transformative project. The best way to show off these jobs is with pictures, and with an in-house photographer, we’re able to capture tradespeople at work every week. Here are a few of the hardworking tradesmen we’ve visited over the past few months – and if you’re interested in showing off your skills, and appearing in your own set of photos, get in touch with our photographer at andrew@mybuilder.com:

 

Reece Latimer of RL Plastering plasters a new bathroom in Stanford-le-Hope

 

Carpenter James Sloane based in Southampton cuts some wood for a large book case in his workshop

 

Guy Hodgson erects a wall made of hay for an eco-extension build in Oxfordshire

 

James Edney of London Groundworks lays a pathway slab in a newly completed garden in London

 

Kevin Khadun installs new locks in a office block in central London after a burgulry

 

A member of JS Electrical Electrician installs a lighting fixture in a tower block being completley renovated in Leicester

 

 

Many tradesmen start out in the business because they grew up with it, but for Bradley Jones, life as a tradesman is a real family affair.

Together with his dad, Steve, and brother, Danny, Bradley is 33% partner in their business, Johnson & Jones, which takes on a range of projects, from boiler replacements and demolitions to renovations and large loft conversions.

Going into business with his nearest and dearest wasn’t always in the plan though – it took leaving home for Bradley to realise where his passion really lay.

“At school I was always really good at certain subjects – maths, chemistry, physicals, all of that, I always did really well and was in the top set,” Bradley told us. “When I finished school, I wanted to carry it on, so I went to university to study maths. I was there for a year, but I realised I didn’t like living away from home, so I came back. Then I had to figure out what I wanted to do next.”

 

 

Bradley’s dad, Steve, was a gas engineer of 35 year’s experience, who’d spent most of his career working alongside a close friend. Bradley said: “I didn’t really want to go into the same line of work, but when I was sat at home, I realised I could help him out a bit. I got him joined up to MyBuilder, set up a profile for him, and started using it to find him jobs. Anything he got through the site, he’d give me a cut at the end. After a while, as well as doing that, I ended up going out with him on site, helping out where I could, cleaning up and stuff. I started to think about what else I could do to help.”

With brother Danny already following in their dad’s footsteps as a gas engineer, Bradley decided to follow a slightly different path. “I decided to become an electrician,” he said. “I knew electrics could be something I’d enjoy, because there’s a maths side to it, there are calculations to do – the electrician is always the cleverest person on a building site – although I would say that!”

Bradley committed to becoming a fully qualified and accredited electrician, becoming certified through NAPIT. “The fact that we have gas engineers and an electrician means we’re able to take on more jobs – we can cover everything. I can even go out by myself on weekends and evenings to do littler emergency jobs. If someone posts something up at 8pm, I’ll just head out and get it done.”

With the three working together and able to turn their hand to a variety of jobs, the company has grown massively, now employing a team of ten. “Any job that is there, we can undertake it,” Bradley said, “from something big like a loft conversion to smaller jobs stripping out a room or fixing up a boiler. We use MyBuilder to pick up quick jobs and fill in the gaps between the bigger projects.

 

 

Though based in Chigwell, Essex, the family work a wide radius, picking up jobs across London – they even did some work this autumn taking apart the old MyBuilder HQ when the company moved into new offices (we left positive feedback).

Despite all the time spent working together, Bradley says arguments between the trio are rare. “My brother and I never argue – I can’t think of a single time we’ve ever really had a falling out. It’s usually more that me and him will be up against my dad, because he has a different way of looking at things. Dad’s always think they know best! They don’t like to listen to their sons because they think they’re right. But to be honest, it doesn’t happen very often, and it never lasts long if it does. If anything, my mum will get involved, get everyone together in the front room, and force people to make up.”

As for taking work home with them, that’s just an occupational hazard. “Every time we come home from work, mum will open the door and make us take our work boots off before we come in the house. She must be sick of it – we’re out all day on jobs, come back late, then spend another two hours talking about work. Even when we’re out for dinner somewhere, we’ll be talking about work. She deserves a nice holiday.”

The future looks promising for the business, with the team looking to take on work with local councils to renovate and expand their housing stock. “It’s something we see more and more of,” Bradley said. “Generally, people seem to be moving less, so they think more about expanding. For councils, they need to maximise the space they offer, so they’re doing the same thing.”

If things do get busier, there’s always more manpower on the way. “My younger brother, Sam, is training as a carpenter – so hopefully he’ll be joining in soon.”

 

Advice for Tradesmen:

 

  • Work on your messaging: “Your initial message must be strong. It has to be professional. You can’t just say you’re interested, you’d love to quote and so on – it has to be in depth, introducing yourself and the company and what you do, and outlining potential costs based on what they’ve posted. And no spelling mistakes helps as well!”
  • Build your profile: “You need a strong profile. It’s your showcase. Especially with pictures, show off what you do and make it relevant – show off the big jobs and the small jobs so people know you can do everything.”
  • Go the extra mile: “Go that extra step for every customer – if it’s just 10 minutes do something while you’re already there, why not? Clean up after yourself, and take away your rubbish. The customer will remember you, leave great feedback, and call you when they need something again.”

 

Christmas can be a stressful time of year for many families, and if money is tight, it can be even more difficult. That’s why MyBuilder is launching the 2017 Hero Project, where fantastic tradespeople can help lend a hand to those in need.

If you’re in need of a small job doing around the house but can’t afford it, you can enter it for the Hero Project. Across the country, generous tradespeople will be donating up to a day of their time to get the jobs done, while MyBuilder will pledge up to £100 worth of materials to each project.

We can’t undertake major works or serious renovations – but if you need your boiler serviced, or a leak repaired, and the budget just won’t stretch, then we may be able to help spread some Christmas cheer.

If you need a present that only a tradesperson can deliver, simply post your job on MyBuilder explaining what needs to be done along with your details and a photo of yourself. We hope to match as many heroes and homeowners as possible, so make sure you explain why you need it!

 

 

Tiles are a great solution for floor and wall coverings – as they’re not only practical and hard wearing, but stylish, too. However, with so much choice on offer these days, it can be difficult to know which types of tiles are the most suitable option to meet your requirements, so the team at Tiles-Direct.com gave us some suggestions.

In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at 5 popular types of tiles – breaking down the differences between each tile and giving you some inspiration for where to use them in the home. From practical non-slip tiles through to on-trend hexagon tiles, you’ll find plenty of useful information and advice, so you can make the right tile choice for your next home improvement project.

 

1. Non-slip tiles

Although it might sound obvious, non-slip tiles should be used in areas that see more moisture than other rooms or where they’re more likely to get wet, such as bathrooms and kitchens. They can also provide safe, non-slip flooring for hallways and outdoor patio areas, where outside moisture, rainwater and debris can all contribute to a slippy floor.

Often made from ceramic or porcelain, non-slip tiles come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes and styles, with a uniquely textured surface that provides additional resistance when wet to help reduce the chances of slipping over.

 

2. Metro tiles

As the name suggests, the metro tile design originates from the tiles used in metro stations around the world. Stylish, timeless and available in a whole range of colours, sizes and styles, these brick-style tiles are incredibly versatile, and can be used as bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles – or just about anywhere you’re looking to add a touch of personality.

From retro and classic all the way through to modern trends, the interior design possibilities with these tiles are endless. Whether you opt for bevelled edges to add texture, flat edges for a contemporary finish or a crackled glaze to project rustic charm, metro tiles are a great way to bring an interesting splashback to a kitchen or feature wall to a bathroom.

 


 

3. Wood-effect tiles

If you love rustic, natural looking interiors, then wood-effect tiles could be just what you’re looking for. Possessing all the charm and character of real wood, they’re perfectly suited for rustic interiors – and don’t require the same level of maintenance.

Wood-effect tiles have come a long way in recent years, with manufacturers going to great lengths to produce authentic-looking wood finishes for floors and walls. From warm and characterful country-style living rooms to rustic kitchens and bedrooms, wood-effect tiles can be used throughout the home, including bathrooms and kitchens if you opt for non-slip tiles.

 

4. Hexagon tiles

If you’re looking to make your tiles a stand-out feature, then why not embrace one of the latest interior design trends: hexagon tiles? From large hexagonal floor tiles in the kitchen to dainty mosaics for bathroom walls, the unique shape naturally projects an interesting focal point with beautiful symmetry and enviable style.

With plenty of colours, sizes and finishes now available, these uber-stylish and practical tiles can be used to achieve a variety of finishes – whether that’s a striking wall mural, geometric floors or funky splashbacks.

 

5. Quartz tiles

Made from a composite material, quartz tiles come with the same durability, beauty and non-porous properties of natural stone, but require considerably less maintenance. For this reason, they’re an ideal choice for busy areas in the home, such as kitchens and bathrooms – adding a luxurious and sophisticated finish.

Whether you fancy dark and opulent or bright and sparkly, quartz tiles can transform areas into glistening havens with their light-reflecting properties and timeless style. So, you can emulate luxury without having to worry about a rigorous daily cleaning routine.

Whatever area you’re looking to tile in your home, it’s important to find the right balance between practicality and style. With this tile guide, we hope you’ll find exactly the right blend for creating impactful interiors you’ll never tire of.

 

Over the summer, MyBuilder and Victoria Plum joined forces to find the bathroom in Britain that was most in need of makeover. Over 400 homeowners from around the UK entered the competition with their stories of bathroom misery and thousands of people voted to for the bathrooms they most wanted to see fixed up.

For many people, their bathroom is a sanctuary where they can unwind in a tub of suds at the end of a long day – but for the Morgan Family in Dudley, this was far from the case.

 

With a derelict shower, an impractical and cracked bath and a leaking floor, getting the bathroom spruced up meant a lot to the Morgans – especially after the incredibly difficult year they’d been through.

Daughter Megan explained:

“My sister has special needs and getting her in and out of the bath is difficult as the bath is too low for me to lift her out, as she is 12 and weighs more than me, so it proves really difficult for me and mom to bath her, and the shower is not possible due to the old style of the door – it soaks the bathroom floor and water has previously come through the downstairs ceiling.

“My mom has also been diagnosed with Hodgkins stage four lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and with vigorous chemotherapy and no immune system it is very difficult to keep an already grim, old bathroom clean to fight infection.”

People around the country sympathised with the Morgan’s story – and the state of the bathroom – with hundreds of people voting to see them win the makeover. Bathroom fitter Darius and his team at 3D Ceiling Midlands Ltd set to work ripping out the mouldy old bathroom, repairing the walls and floor, and installing the new bathroom with all products provided by VictoriaPlum.com.

With the incredible news that mum Lisa is now in remission, we are delighted to reveal the transformed bathroom where she can can relax and recover.

Mum Lisa is delighted with the transformation:

“Darius and his team were very considerate, making sure I got enough space to rest and it’s very rare to find workmen who clean up after themselves so well. They were fantastic.
The new bathroom is absolutely amazing, it’s really nice to have people go up there now and not have to apologise to them afterwards. Now there’s a queue as everyone wants to use the bathroom! It’s just so great that Mia can go up there now be a bit more independent.

“This has been a fantastic end to a very bad year and hopefully things are going to start to turn around now.”

Watch the full video to see the transformation unfold:


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