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All types of property renovating work require the skills of a qualified bricklayer. While in essence bricklaying appears to be really easy, its in reality an exceptionally skilled occupation, thus when you have brickwork which needs to be done you are recommended to use a qualified bricklayer rather than attempting to accomplish it on your own.

The kinds of assignments that may demand the skills of a bricklayer would be retaining walls, fence pillars, property extensions, brick porches, block paved driveways, brick foundations, chimney repairs and brick garden walls. There are of course plenty of other projects which can be accomplished by bricklayers and if you are in any doubt, phone a bricklayer and inquire. Not every bricklayer in the area will be capable of executing every job that you want, and for doing complex work you may possibly need to find a Master Craftsman in the shape of a very qualified tradesman.

Qualified bricklayers will have previously done all of the required courses which will include both theoretical and practical exams. They quite possibly will have also completed a bricklaying apprenticeship, through which they'll have earned experience in a working environment. They'd undoubtedly have also learned all the appropriate health and safety precautions which go hand in hand with any building work, which is often hazardous if done in an incorrect way. If you have a bricklayer working in your house be certain that they have adequate public liability insurance in the eventuality of injuries or damage.

Before hiring a bricklayer always ask if you can see some samples of previous work. If they're proper tradesmen they'll be thrilled to show you shots of projects that they have done recently. In these modern times of cell phones and gadgets there is no excuse for any reliable tradesperson to not have photographs of jobs achieved. If you're able to, also try and read through reviews by previous clients so you can get an idea of the type of person you're letting loose on your property.

When hunting for a bricklayer there are many things you can try, and these include looking in local newspapers, heading to one of the trade portals like Rated People, Checkatrade or Local Heroes or searching online, but we reckon the best way to get a decent tradesman is to ask friends, family and next door neighbours if there is someone that they can recommend, who's worked for them in the past and done a decent job.

Bricklaying is a highly skilled occupation, and you don't want any Dick, Harry or Tom, laying bricks on your property if they don't have the required knowledge. In British towns such as Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and London, there are numerous cowboy traders who pretend to be tradespeople, however are just in it for an easy buck, and will just take your money and leave you disappointed. Therefore, if you don't rush and employ a decent bricklayer you will end up with a high standard of work and an area of brickwork you can take pride in.

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