Help : Where to Start
The Handy Squad: http://www.handysquad.com is used by many, including “royalty”. The Handy Squad has had a lot of press coverage.
National Federation of Builders: http://www.builders.org.uk
This is an excellent place to find reputable builders.
Electrical Contractors’ Association: http://www.eca.co.uk
This trade association represents electrical services companies. The organization can help you find an accredited ‘competent’ electrician in your neighborhood.
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering: http://www.ciphe.org.uk
This professional body supports UK plumbers and heating engineers.
Gumtree: http://www.gumtree.com is a good resource for finding independent contractors, including plumbers, painters, builders, and removal workers. Check references if you can.
Ask your building concierge or neighbor for a recommendation if you’re looking for a builder or other home assistance. Always check references before hiring.
Local newspapers/magazines are extremely useful. Usually free, you should get at least one weekly in your letterbox.
Last but not least, have a look at your local newsagent’s window. This infamous practice seems rather peculiar at first. For a small fee, one can advertise everything from one’s services to goods for sale via lost pets. These advertisements cards or stickers are placed on a dedicated message board in the window.