The following guides relate to everything ‘trade’ in the home improvement world. Advice from tradesmen is an essential part of DIY. After all, the techniques and practices should generally be the same, whether you are a professional being paid for your services, or an amateur carrying out a job on your home.

The guides below include some top tips from question and answer sessions with top UK tradesmen, as well as more general advice on finding a good tradesman for those jobs where you need professional help.