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Trading blows

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In my experience, it’s a real struggle to get tenders from tradespeople who’ve come recommended. They are usually very busy (I guess you’d be worried if they weren’t) and not always good at keeping up with their own admin. But if they’re in demand, they don’t need to work hard at obtaining new clients. So in order to get three valid quotes, you probably have to explain the spec to at least nine individuals. Most will drop out or price too highly if the job does not appeal to them.

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The February edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • A run-down barn transformed in to a stunning contemporary home (page 22) • A beginners guide to self build (page 62) • 8 hot ideas for stoves & fires (page 69) • Create your ideal kitchen with our in-depth guide (page 74) • Get room sizes right (page 96) … and more!
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