Several people have been looking for recommendations for local services, so I thought I’d pop ‘em together in one post.
I live in the East Greenwich area and was wondering if anyone could recommend a decent central heating engineer to carry out a routine boiler service?
I used Blue Flame Gas Services based in Abbey Wood last time I needed some work done and they were friendly and efficient. Anyone got any other suggestions, though?
I wonder if you can help me track down a really lovely trader who used to be in the Village Market, at the back. He was an Italian man who traded in furniture, but also restored wooden floors. I wanted to hire him to do a floor at home, but have lost his contact details. If you know who I’m going on about please let me know?
I’m afraid I can’t help Ben – but maybe someone else can?
I’m still looking for a roofer who would be prepared to replace a couple of broken tiles. Most don’t even return my call when they discover it’s not for a whole roof.
Sorry – can’t help there either. But maybe someone here can?
I wondered if you or anyone had any recommendations for companies to restore/replace sash windows? The council haven’t given much steer on what you can/can’t do in advance of planning permission – it seems there are a lot of us in the same boat in the area (I’m in Langdale Road) so it would be good to go on recommendation if possible. I couldn’t see anything on the tradespeople section of your site.
I should imagine that if you’re replacing like with like or restoring an original sash, the council won’t require planning permission at all. Some councils frown on things like PVCU windows in concervation areas, so if you want to add them it’s probably worth a call to the planning department. But since you’re actually asking about sash windows I doubt that’s the case. I have heard that a chap called Malcolm Tierney is worth contacting. His number is 077 7565 7371. The reason he’s not in the directory is that I don’t have personal experience of his work (yet) though a couple of people I’ve spoken to were impressed with it.
I don’t normally take much notice of leaflets that come through the door (especially since at least half of the ones I seem to get is the same cowboy-company masquerading as specialists in various trades, all of which they are appalling at) but one local guy who only does sash windows intrigued me with his idiosyncratic flyer. David Howe lists actual addresses (well over 100 of them, with house-numbers included) where people can view his work on one side of his folded sheet of A4, the other side is a dense, paragraphless block of text with his mission statement. I repeat, I know nothing about this guy’s work, but he’s passionate at least…
Someone else also asked me about another required service, but annoyingly I’ve mislaid the email. So sorry, Anonoymous Person – if you don’t mind sending again, I’ll ask around for you.
I’m always interested to hear about excellent local services that Phantom regular-posters have been impressed with for the Trusted Tradespeople section (I have a couple more to add, which I haven’t yet; it’s all taking a bit of time just now…) It’s deliberately NOT an exhaustive list of people in the area, just a select handful of people that people who use this site regularly have found to go even further than that extra mile.