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For the past month, we’ve been looking for the worthiest winner of a garden makeover. We know how much people value their outdoor space and wanted to find the people who most deserved to have their garden transformed into a beautiful and practical place to spend time.

We were overwhelmed with entries, with hundreds of people from around the UK sharing their stories with us, and more than 30,000 people voting for the gardens they most wanted to see get a well-earned facelift. Picking a winner from the most popular entries was a difficult process that divided the judges, but eventually we found our winner.

Megan Rees from Oxford entered the competition hoping to the change the life of her three-year-old daughter, Ariella. When Ariella was born, she was given just a 10% chance of survival, with a number of rare conditions including CHD and Nager syndrome. Her devoted parents have had to give up work to care for her around the clock, yet despite her disabilities, she has a passion for life and loves being outside and exploring.

 

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Megan and Ariella’s garden is in need of some TLC

 

Megan says: “Ariella is the strongest person I know, she is always happy and takes life as it comes. If there is anyone who deserves to have a special garden to play in it would be her – this incredible girl doesn’t let anything stop her.”

We agreed, and in the coming weeks we’ll be working with Megan and local tradespeople to transform Ariella’s garden, turning it into a safe and fun place for her to play. We’ll be sharing the whole transformation here on MyBuilder, so watch this space!

 

Ariella loves being outdoors and exploring

Ariella loves being outdoors and exploring

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MyBuilder is once again on the hunt for the worthiest winner of a garden makeover. The stakes are high, as this year’s winner will win a £1,000 transformation of their green space.

Research has shown that spending time in green spaces can reduce stress, enhance mood and improve health. However, creating a tranquil oasis in your backyard is easier said than done.

We want to know what this prize would mean to you. You can nominate yourself, a friend or relative for the prize – we are looking for the most worthy winner of a plant-filled paradise!

 

How to Enter

Tell us how a garden makeover would change the lives of the person or people who use that space. Make it convincing, because only the top 12 entries with the most votes will go through to our final round to be judged by MyBuilder.

To complete your entry, submit a picture of the garden and make sure to include yourself or the people who use it.

 

The Winner

Entries are open to public voting and individuals taking part can lobby in all forms of media to get votes for their entries. A shortlist of twelve will be made of those with the most votes. Entries are open until midnight on 16th April 2017. Voting will continue until 23rd April 2017 when the shortlist will be announced. MyBuilder will select the winner from the shortlisted entrants and the result will be announced through the MyBuilder website and official social channels.

 

The Prize

A garden makeover with a value of up to £1,000 including materials and a MyBuilder tradesman to complete the work.

 

2015 Winner

Back in 2015, Nicola Machin won the £1,000 garden makeover prize after her entry received over 1000 votes! Click here to read her story.

 

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Terms and Conditions:

  1. This Competition is open to any full time resident of the UK aged 18 and over.

  2. This Competition is not open to employees of MyBuilder, their family members, MyBuilder’s agents, or anyone professionally connected with the competition.

  3. One entry per household permitted.

  4. Entries to the competition will be accepted until 23:59 GMT 16th April 2017. Voting closes 23.59 GMT 23rd April 2017.

  5. Participants enter the competition by submitting a photo of their garden with an explanation of why they deserve to win (make sure to include yourself or the people who use it).

  6. By entering the contest and submitting your photograph(s), you agree to assign all intellectual and property rights to MyBuilder and that your photograph(s) and competition entry content may be used for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation.

  7. Participants may edit the photographs and description of their entry, up to 1 week after submitting their entry, until entries close at 23:59 GMT 16th April 2017. Once entries are closed, no amendments to any entries can be made.

  8. We reserve the right to disqualify entries, without notice, and for any reason.

  9. Obscene, inappropriate or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

  10. No responsibility is taken for entries which are lost, delayed or misdirected, or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.

  11. The prize is a garden makeover inclusive of materials and a MyBuilder tradesman to complete the work, up to the value of £2,000.

  12. MyBuilder is not liable for any further costs that arise as a result of the project.

  13. The winner will be selected by MyBuilder, notified via email and will be announced on M​yBuilder blog ​once the prize has been claimed.

  14. No cash or other alternative is available to the prize.

  15. The usual privacy policy​ terms of MyBuilder apply to all personal information we gather.

  16. The prize must be claimed by the prize winner and may not be transferred to or used by any third party.

  17. If MyBuilder cannot contact the winner within 5 working days of the prize draw MyBuilder reserves the right to determine a new winner.

  18. Entrants must be willing to participate in publicity photographs, video and interviews should they win the competition.

  19. MyBuilder is a registered company in England. The laws of England shall apply to all matters arising from or relating to this competition.

  20. MyBuilder.com Ltd reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter these terms at any time for any reason without prior notice.

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

Free-Job-February-compressor

For many, February can be the worst time of the year. It’s cold, it’s dark, the festive season is a distant memory and spring is still a while away. To top it all off, this year Storm Doris didn’t make things any easier for a lot of homeowners.

In an effort to brighten up this miserable month, MyBuilder decided to pay for ten jobs up to the value of £1,000 each, as long as they were posted on the site between 15th and 28th February.

We are now delighted to announce the ten lucky winners of our Free Jobs February giveaway!

 

And the winners are…

 

Mark Elkin, from Staffordshire, had a brand new worktop fitted in his kitchen. Mark had only great things to say about T & S Property Maintenance who carried out the job for him: “Tim was great. He replied very quickly when I posted the job on My Builder, and came to do the job only a couple of days later. He did an excellent job and was efficient, friendly and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

Barry McCurdy, from Cheshire, is scheduled to have seven oak veneer doors fitted in his house in the next couple of weeks.

Candice Wilson, from Greater Manchester, is looking forward to having the slate roof on her house repaired, and says that winning this prize has made it possible to get the job done even more quickly than she’d expected.

Tom Walker, from East London, will shortly be having new carpets fitted throughout the flat he is renovating for his son and was very surprised to have been selected as a winner.

Anne Hanford-Dodgson, from Leicestershire, had a leaky roof with water coming in through the light fitting! Anne posted the job on MyBuilder and quickly had the roof repaired by PJM Fascias & Property Maintenance. “Pete came promptly after I posted my job. I chose him because he seemed professional and gave a good price. He completed the work, cleaned up afterwards and was polite. He told me what needed repairing or what needed replacing with total honesty.”

Winston Heuer, from Suffolk, has hired a tradesman to retile the kitchen diner in his home as part of a renovation.

Marc McPhillips, in North Yorkshire, has employed a tradesman to renovate his dad’s bathroom.

Melinda Ponsonby, from East Anglia, woke up to find that all her fencing (and her neighbours’) had been blown down by Storm Doris! She had fence panels fixed and all the debris cleared away by Tree & Garden Services. She said of the job done: “I am really pleased with the replacement fencing and would highly recommend using Tree & Garden Services. Their product is excellent quality, they worked fast and cleared all debris away afterwards. Thomas’ team were friendly and able to start work soon after their quote. They also displayed a great working knowledge and explained everything. I will definitely use them for any future works.”

Andrea Roberts, from Kent, had a bathroom window that wouldn’t open. She is due to have a brand new window fitted next week.

Elaine Farrell, from West Yorkshire, needed an outdated consumer unit safely disconnected and replaced with a new one and has high praise for Luke Pennington Electrical, who carried out the job for her. She says he was very polite and helpful, and worked promptly and efficiently. Elaine says she shall be calling on him to do more electrical jobs for her in the future.

 

Keep an eye out for more competitions from MyBuilder in the near future.

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We know February can be a pretty grim month, so we thought we’d give you a helping hand to get through to spring.

Post a job on MyBuilder before the end of February, and you could get it for free!

Ten MyBuilder job posters will be randomly selected at the end of the month – and each one will get their job paid for them, up to the value of £1,000.

Whether you want a whole new kitchen, or just need to fix a leaking tap, post your job today to be in with a chance to win.

 

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Terms and conditions

 

  • Entries need to be posted on the site – and approved by the MyBuilder jobs team – between 00:01 on 15th February and 23:59 on 28th February 2017. 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 – selected by random draw – will be paid for by MyBuilder, up to the value of £1,000 per job.

  • The ten selected winners will each need to show that their job has been completed – by a MyBuilder tradesman – before payment is made.

  • Proof of payment for the work will need to be provided to MyBuilder before prizes of up to £1,000 are paid. 

  • Any outstanding costs, in excess of the £1,000 maximum prize value, must be paid in full by the homeowner.
  • There is no alternative prize.

  • 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.

 

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We know the tradesmen on MyBuilder do good work.

Every day, we see satisfied homeowners leaving feedback telling us about the great jobs tradesmen have done for them. Turning up early, staying late, going the extra mile – from painters to plumbers and tilers to tree surgeons, we know that you can find the best in the business when you post a job on the site.

So when we launched our Job of the Year competition back in January, we knew it would take something really special to stand out. We wanted the cream of the crop, the stories that would make us sit up and take notice of the efforts the tradesman had gone to. We were ready to be impressed – and yet we still found ourselves overwhelmed by the quality of work being done and the dedication of the tradesmen carrying it out. From Michael Robertson in Manchester who helped build a community food bank for free, to Bob Vass in Buckinghamshire who went above and beyond to build a winter shelter for rescue donkeys, we were inundated with positive tales.

 

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More than 1,600 people felt strongly enough about the work they had done to submit it to the Job of the Year competition, and nearly 34,000 more voted on what they thought was the most inspiring story. After the public vote, we made a shortlist of the 12 most popular entries, before sitting down to choose the overall winner.

In the end, we picked a winner that exemplified all of the best qualities we were looking for: Martin Robinson of MJO Limited in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. When Ellouise Hempstead posted her job – “Two story 34sqm extension” – she knew she needed help. At the end of 2015, Ellouise and her fiance bought a dilapidated barn, and moved into a caravan in the garden while they set about renovating and expanding it. She posted the job on MyBuilder looking for someone with energy, passion and commitment. In Martin, she found all of that, and more. As she put it:

“Our renovation dream went from something average, to something exceptional. Because of his advice, support and enthusiasm, our project has made more progress than we’d thought possible within the first year of works… Not only did Martin give us advice, but he also gave us spare building materials he was going to skip from other jobs, as he knew that we could use them and that it would help us financially. He didn’t ask a penny for them, he even delivered them for us and he had to travel a 40 mile round trip just to drop them off. This would be a wonderful gesture from anyone, but when it’s from your builder, it’s just so humbling.”

 

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The project is still ongoing, and the couple are still working with Martin to realise their vision. They share £5,000 in prize money.

Asked how it felt to win, Ellouise said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and cannot believe we’ve been picked. Thank you so much. Martin is so deserving of this award and the prize. We just keep pinching ourselves! It shows that helping others really does make a difference and hopefully it will inspire other tradesmen to follow suit and grow public confidence in the building trade.”

Martin, who’s been a member of MyBuilder since 2013, and has 100% positive feedback, said: “It was such a nice surprise to have been put forward for the award. It makes you take even more pride in your work. My half of the prize money is probably going back into my own house. I did want it for a Harley-Davidson, but my other half has told me that’s not allowed!”

Ryan Notz, the founder and CEO of MyBuilder, said: “Huge congratulations to Martin for winning our first ever Job of the Year award. He and Ellouise faced some extremely tough competition, but Martin’s dedication, expertise and energy really stood out and we are delighted to present them with the prize. Celebrating our excellent tradesmen is a big part of what MyBuilder is about, and we hope this competition has helped shine a light on their outstanding achievements.”

There could only be one winner of the Job of the Year prize. But with feedback for jobs being posted on MyBuilder every day, we know the next job of the year is already underway.

 

 


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