Video Testimonial from Pat Tierney

Hi folks,
here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from Pat Tierney, Garristown, Co. Dublin. Pat posted a job on and was very happy with the result. You can see the video feedback below:-


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Getting Your Front Door Ready For Winter

how-to-get-your-front-door-ready-for-winterNow that hallow’een is approaching, our gardens need tidying up and they probably aren’t as colourful as they were during the summer. What can you do to make the front of your house and the hall door look more attractive as we head into the bare months of winter?

Hallow’een Decorating

Dress up your front porch for Hallow’een and you don’t have to spend a lot to make it look spookily festive.  These bare branches are appropriate so rather than moving these potted trees around to the back garden, leave them at the front but adorn them with something “spooky” such as these bats. Adding a few pumpkins or autumnal planting at the base will provide the colour.

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Safety Tips for Hiring a Tradesman

Safefy Tips for Hiring a Tradesman
Hi folks,
The vast majority of tradesmen are hardworking genuine people.  Nevertheless, when you are posting jobs, it is very important to take the same precautions online as you would offline.  Below I have listed some tips safety tips for hiring a tradesman.  By safety tips, I mean how to keep your money safe and how to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard as well as ensuring the work itself is carried out safely.  I have posted these tips many times before but they are extremely important so I am posting them here again.   Please make sure to read and implement them if you are hiring a tradesman to carry out work in your home or business.  Also, please share them with your friends:-

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Home Renovations for Christmas

Would you like to get some home renovations done for Christmas? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of a new fireplace, a new kitchen, knocking two rooms into one or  converting an attic into a bedroom for some time. The thing is if you can get them done by December 2016, you can save up to €4000 on the work completed by applying for the Home Renovation Incentive scheme.


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That’s right, the Home Renovation Incentive allows you, as a homeowner or landlord, to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work on your main home or rental property. The work must be completed between 25 October 2013 and 31 December 2016 for homeowners and between 15 October 2014 and 31 December 2016 for landlords.  The person doing the work must be a tax-compliant contractor and the works must be subject to 13.5% VAT.

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Results and Video of our September Draw 2016 monthly draw

Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our September Draw 2016. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!

The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of August was held on September 30th. The results are as follows:-

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The 3 Zones of a Kitchen

We’ve all heard of the working triangle in the kitchen (whereby you’ll find it easier to cook efficiently if your sink, preparation area and cooker/hob are all located to form a triangle) but have you heard about the three zones of modern kitchens? If you’re planning a new build, a renovation or a new kitchen, this could be very useful advice indeed. This has come about because people aren’t just using kitchens for cooking. It’s very true that this isn’t a modern movement. Indeed, in the 1970s, those building new homes with living rooms were considered to be somewhat strange to want to sit and relax in a room away from the kitchen. People have cooked, ate, entertained and indeed, used their kitchen as their main living area for decades.

The Burnaby

There’s a move back to it though with a kitchen functioning as the “hub of the house” as being very desirable. A space for family to congregate when eating; for children to do their homework while a parent is cooking; for friends to pop in and relax with a cuppa over a chat. This is being reflected in the design of modern kitchens so the three zones are:

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200,000 Jobs Posted on!!

200,000 Jobs Posted
Hi folks,
this week we exceeded 200,000 jobs posted on since we launched the website in June 2008. Based on the value of the jobs posted the potential value of this work to tradesmen and to the Irish economy is over €600 million. I’d just like to say thank you so much to all of the customers and tradesmen for your support over the last eight years.

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Interior Design Trends for 2017


If you’re planning on doing some decorating this autumn, you’re probably wondering what’s on trend for the autumn and winter and yet you want to know that they aren’t going to be a flash in the pan, that these trends will last for some time.

1. Wallpaper

To be honest, wallpapering just the feature wall (be it the fireplace wall in a living room or the wall behind the bed in a bedroom) has been going out for years. However, as it’s much cheaper to wallpaper one wall as you’ll only need three rolls of wallpaper for most rooms, the trend for the feature wall continued in homes long after we were told the trend had died. The mix and match on walls is finished I’m afraid.

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Video Testimonial from Gareth O’ Brien

Hi folks,
here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from  Gareth O’ Brien, Charlestown, Dublin 11. Gareth posted a job on and was very happy with the result.  You can see the video feedback below:-


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How to improve Storage in your Hallway

Do you get fed up of falling over shoes as you walk into your hallway? Are there schoolbags, hurleys, footballs and trainers strewn around? Is it a nightmare trying to find matching shoes at times? If it’s starting to get you down once you open the door to walk into the house, it really is time to do something about it.

While many of us will make more of an effort with our front hallway, after all, that’s where visitors come in and we did a post a while ago on making the most of the space under your stairs for storage, but the mess can really accumulate in a utility or small hallway off the back or side door.

Hooks & Baskets

storage hall

Source: Pinterest. This looks very stylish and yet is quite simply made, using wood to partition the different sections and it really looks like a piece of furniture in its own right. The baskets are handy for storing boots and shoes, and the footwear won’t be spilling out all over the floor. Notice that the hooks are double hooks, one part of it can hold the schoolbag and the other part will take the coat. The bench effect means that there’s a place for you to sit down briefly to put on a pair of shoes, important when children are learning how to lace their shoes. The narrow shelf at the top means that nice objects can be displayed which dresses up the hallway too.

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