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Home Renovation and Repair – It’s All in The Prep

Posted 29/06/18

Renovating or doing work on your home can be a big investment – yet most of us put more effort into choosing a pair of shoes or a new camera. Repairs might not be as exciting as new clothes and gadgets but if you want a good result, value for money, and minimum hassle, the more you think abou

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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Deluxe Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You'll Get for $30,000+

Posted 01/10/14

Bathroom renovation series - The deluxe bathroom renovation. One in a series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets. The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+ The deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning [caption id="attachment_8825" align="alignright" width="255"] Adam Pearce. Bath

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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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Are You Considering Adding an Ensuite to Your Master Bedroom?

Posted 24/11/16

Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for both these options... Adding an ensuite - should you extend or convert your master bedroom? Insta

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Latest renovating case studies

Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a tiler.

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

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Robyn McDowell

Posted 1 day ago

Add on a room (about 3.5 x 3.5m) to a 12 year old 2bdrm home. Room would fit within an empty L shape (return) joining onto the sides of two existing bedrooms. One fully brick exterior wall and wall with brick and large floor to ceiling window which we would want moved into the new bedroom. Continuing the roof line would make it a flat'ish roof which we are ok with, but would need advice on.

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Villa tidy up

Posted 6 months ago

Old Villa that needs some tidy up jobs for council consent. Bathroom was moved and now tidy up work needed

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Laundry Upgrade

Posted 8 months ago

I would like to add a shower and toilet into a large laundry, and califont all the hot water to laundry, kitchen, and bathroom. Possibly also create a doorway between kitchen and living room. Need assistance with building consent for this work

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Reno of Lockwood style house

Posted 5 months ago

We are intending on renovating a lockwood style house early next year, we want to open up the living and dining area and think we need a person with structural experience to guide our decision making in terms of possibilities.

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Bathroom wall installation and tiling mainly, bit of painting and plastering

Posted 7 months ago

Ensuite is about 3m x 2.5 with a height of about 2m. 1 windows to be tiled a Need to tile around a bath 1.65m x 1.75m x 1.5m arounf bath with height of about 1.62m. There is a shower over the bath so I need a glass walldown to bath installed (rather than the present shower curtain. Room to be waterproofed also. There is some wallplastering and painting to be done. I'll need an electrician to install new lighting x 2 and plugs x 2 and new heated towel rails x 2. Plumbing is done already

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Ensuite bathroom

Posted 3 months ago

ensuite measures 1,84 across the door is on this wall, light switch just inside door, shower on right corner and sink on back wall, the other wall is 1.94 deep window and heated towel rail on left wall, ceiling height 2.4 we would like to have Hardie Glaze on all walls as well as celling, we also require the heater, fan and light arrangment on the ceiling to be replaced,

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Bathroom repair

Posted 6 days ago

Quote needed for a leaking shower that is now damaging interior walls on a 3 year old property - once quote is accepted, work will commence. Ideally a plumber that works with you would be needed also.

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Registered builder quote for renovations

Posted 9 months ago

Hi there, I need a registered or licensed builder to provide a written quote for renovations/scope of works on a place I am buying to meet the banks requirements. The property is in Leeston. Preferably someone who is available Sunday 29th afternoon. The renovations would include installing a shower & a bathroom sink, constructing walls for 1-3 bedrooms and upgrading the kitchen. Thanks

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Kitchen/Living/Outdoor Reno

Posted 4 weeks ago

We are dealing with multiple rooms. We wish to remove three walls and build another one (changing the lay out of the kitchen, lounge and dining room to make it one open area), I think some of these walls are load bearing. While doing this we want to install a new kitchen. Also out of the living area, replace an existing window with a sliding door onto a deck that we also require building. Massive job and we are in the early stages to get some ideas and quotes.

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Shower tray replacement

Posted 6 months ago

Our shower tray has splintered and cracked. We are needing install and supply of new shower tray. Size 1200 x 900 with left centre drain.

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David Rumble

Posted 2 months ago

1. false wall jibed and capped. dividing space up but not extending to the ceiling. 2. create a doorway between two rooms. 3.insert glass into cavity slidder doors or replace the doors with glass units.

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New Shower

Posted 2 months ago

Put a new shower in an en-suite bathroom.

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Renovate the whole house

Posted 1 month ago

Everything from the roof to the floor and in between. Its gunna be a big job. Redesign of entire 1930s house to make it more modern and family friendly. Plumbing , electrical and building all need to be done.

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L shape kitchen

Posted 2 weeks ago

New lay out . Also need Exhaust fan or range hood.

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Replace wall boards in kitchen

Posted 4 months ago

3x3m 1980s kitchen needs new wall boards and a couple of touch-ups. I'm getting new cabinets in March, so there'll be some finishing work then too.

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Karrena

Posted 7 months ago

I have a wallhung bathroom vanity and mirror cabinet I need installed into a newly tiled bathroom. Tiles will need to be drilled to attach these. Would be handy if you could do the cabinet install, silicon and attach the sink plumbing also. Based in Rolleston

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New bathroom

Posted 2 months ago

We are redoing our bathroom. Ripping out the current bath/shower/vanity and replacing with new shower, vanity and cupboard. Opening up bathroom and toilet and changing the direction of the bathroom door to open opposite way

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House renovation

Posted 4 months ago

House from 1920's to renovate. Builders who apply need to have a team. House needs to be renovated before the start of winter. Owners will be on site during the entire renovation. Payment to be discussed based on works to be accomplished.

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Remove old/Install new shower

Posted 3 weeks ago

We would like a quote/estimate for some bathroom renovations please (labour only), specifically; • Removal of current acrylic shower, • Possible installation of jib (we’ve been told there may not be jib behind the shower), • Installation of Englefield corner shower ... , waste will need to be moved from front corner to the middle of the tray, • Installation of new shower head/rose and mixer for low pressure hot water system • Also install same shower head/rose and mixer in the second showe...

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Kitchen 2

Posted 7 months ago

Looking to build new kichen at down stairs used to car port. Drawings are ready, have been approved by council. Building, Plumbing & electric work are required.

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 135,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Kitchen reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st July 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Registered builder quote for renovations

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th August 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Gib removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th June 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Karrena

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

23rd October 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom wall installation and tiling mainly, bit of painting and plastering

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

4th November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom surround tiling

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th August 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Veranda

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd December 2017

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 3
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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JDT Building Limited

Joined June 2016

JDT Building is a registered Masterbuilder with over 10 years experience in the industry. We specialise in new homes, renovations, extensions, decks, fences and all things building. We have a real eye for detail and pride ourselves on our professionalism and exceptional results.

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JRB Homes Ltd

Joined March 2018

As a business owner and site foreman, I strive to provide the best work ethics in both client and colleague relationships. I pride myself in time management, effective communication and quality control in all areas of my business. Over the last two years of developing my business, I have successfully built, renovated and repaired homes. My overall goal is to be competitively priced with the best e...

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JPL Construction

Joined August 2018

Hi, I run a small building company specializing in bathroom renovations, decks, fencing and general building and maintenance. I am professional, competitive on price and pride myself on having satisfied customer's.

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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SPJ Homes Limited

Joined September 2018

Hi, I have been building for 12 years and just recently started my own company. I mainly work by myself and I am looking to build up a reputation as a company that is reliable, hardworking and honest. I believe in the saying that you are only as good as your last job so I will endeavour to only do the most professional and high quality work that can be achieved.

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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Claddagh Plastering

Joined April 2018

We are a plastering company with over 15 years experience in all aspects of plastering from venetian plastering to gib fixing and stopping to solid plastering. No job is too big or too small. We pride ourselves in being reliable,honest and hard working.

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Uneda Plumber Ltd

Joined July 2012

Hi, Uneda Plumber is proud to be Canterbury owned and operated since 2009. Our plumbers have the highest standards, and a worldly wide range of knowledge and skills on all levels of plumbing. So whether it's a bathroom or kitchen reno, a replacement faulty Hwc, help with your wetback fire or even a complete new build. All you need to remember is, if you need a plumber UNEDA PLUMBER....

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Painting Solutions 2006 Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi. We are a family run, highly experienced professional painting company celebrating 10 yrs of superior service in Canterbury. We have over 20 years painting and industry experience both in NZ and abroad. We do everything from water blasting, plastering, paper hanging to painting and at a quality you can trust. We pay attention to detail, always deliver quality and never cut corners. We use qual...

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ko plumb ltd

Joined April 2012

OK Plumb ltd menu # Plumbing # Drainlaying # Waterblasting # Roof leak repairs/replace iron coloursteel. # Spouting leak repaires/replace # Log burner installs # New house plumbing/drainlaying

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Dans Reno

Joined February 2018

Hi, i have my NZQA level 4 in carpentry i have been building for 14 years all over Africa and in Chrischurch for the last 4 years. I have done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good resullts. I Specialise is bathroom renos, redo bed rooms, car ports, decks, fences, vegie gardens, garage shelving etc. I will work allong side my client to achieve the end result. I am a sole trainder wor...

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Paul Rout Building

Joined January 2017

Qualified Carpenter and licensed building practitioner Competent in all types of Carpentry from high end architectural to EQC repairs. No job too big or small. Happy to take your calls and come out and give you a free quote and second opinion.

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Canterbury Renovations Ltd

Joined September 2014

Hi there we are a team of skilled qualified professionals with over 30 yrs experience in the building industry specializing in renovations and alterations. We can organize all areas of your project including any sub trades that you may need (painters,plumbers,sparky etc) Insurance work, EQC repairs,decks,renovations are new builds we can make it right. Members of Certified Builders Association

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Ross Coutts Holdings

Joined March 2018

Hi I have been in business in Christchurch for 32 years in the building /tiling industry I am a qualified carpenter and specialise in bathroom renovations.All small to medium repair work welcome, I take pride in what I do and work to a high standard, I can work to any budget to deliver what my customers require.

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Tradesman

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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LDH CONTRACTING

Joined October 2017

We have Contractors based in every major city throughout New Zealand operating under Labour-Day-Hire Contracting. Our business is to provide Expert Project Management offering Competitive Wholesale Pricing, but if preferable, we also cover General Labour Only. We cater to all forms of Home Renovations, Landscaping and General Construction. Enquire now to discuss your requirements.

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Braden Nelson Builder

Joined April 2018

Hi, I have been building for the past 22 years, I have recently moved from Ashburton to Ch-Ch. Licensed building practitioner and member of Registered Master Builders. Specializing in renovations, additions and alterations, bathrooms, kitchens, decking. No job too small.

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CJS Services NZ Limited

Joined August 2018

Hi, my name is Chris from CJS Services. I have a number of years experience carrying out work for residential and commercial clients. I pride myself on being friendly upfront and punctual. Feel free to contact me for a free no obligation quote. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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Foleys

Joined October 2011

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, for all our customers - Above and Beyond. Every time. This includes our 30 minute time promise - we'll arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time or the first hour of labour will be free! We have 10 locations across New Zealand, with branches in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, Ranfurly, South Otago, Twizel, Wanaka, Queen...

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Robertson Built

Joined March 2018

We are a small company looking to make a big impact in our region. We are committed to providing a great service at a the best possible price. Contact us today for more information, we are always looking for our next challenge.

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