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Re: Recommendations for builder in Charente

I would do as Minnie suggests, ask your neighbours, ask your mayor if you know him/her, local knowledge is a great thing. Each district tends to have its little nucleus of "go-to" tradesmen that everybody uses and they're less likely to rip you off than an artisan from the other side of Charente for fear that word would get around and they would lose their customers.
Chancer's advice is sound, but not everybody can.
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Re: Recommendations for builder in Charente

I'm not so sure about asking the neighbours. It can work, or it can turn out very badly.

I would stick to my advice, get a tradesmen in that is young. Like in their twenties. They will do a good job.

If you go for the older types, they will be expensive, angry, pîssed by lunchtime and bore you to death about their life.
ner ner nee ner ner!!
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Re: Recommendations for builder in Charente

When I had my windows replaced a couple of years ago I consciously decided to support a young chap, probably late 20s/early 30s, who had recently set up a new business close to me. He does doors and windows and kitchens etc and he also has a shop where his wife sells home furnishings - quite an ambitious set up and I thought it would be nice to support him even though his quote was marginally higher than the established company I would otherwise have used. Can't fault his work, he did a good job, but a year or so later when I asked both him and the other chap to quote for another job the young one's quote was massively over the odds, and with the best will in the world I couldn't have justified choosing him again. Then their shop started being closed all week and only opening on Saturdays, and now they're in the process of liquidating their stock prior to closing down. Seems not to have worked out for them, which is a real shame. But business is business and I hope my windows don't develop a problem, otherwise I'll end up wishing I'd used the established firm which is still going strong. I agree young artisans do good work but I'm not sure how many 20 year olds have the mature business head necessary to ensure they will still be there if you need them to come back in 5 years time.

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Re: Recommendations for builder in Charente

Thanks - checking all sources and I agree here probably not best place!
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