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If you’re considering embarking on a home or garden renovation project this year, then you should take a look at what the Swiss-registered English-speaking building company, PURE BUILD, can offer you.

Working since 2006 and rebranded as 'PURE BUILD' in 2012, Greg Brown will manage the entire project for you, from initial concept and sourcing architects, through to interior design and/or planting trees.

The branding PURE BUILD reflects the aim to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible, using sustainable materials, responsible waste management and efficient transport and work ethics.

PURE BUILD specializes in two main fields: Home Renovations including carpentry, masonry and decoration; and Garden Landscaping, which includes terraces, earth works, masonry, carpentry and plant science.

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5% discount for knowitall.ch readers on all orders placed before end of 2017!

If you have a home improvement project in mind for 2017, which involves an element of woodwork, then you should talk to Woodhouse Carpentry in Geneva.

Set up in 2013 by Englishman Sam Woodhouse, a locally trained cabinet maker, the company specializes in bespoke furniture, fitted bookshelves and wardrobes, but is also able to fit internal hinged and sliding doors, install mezzanine beds and undertake external woodwork such as decking and fences.

Asked why he decided to set up his business here in Geneva, Sam told knowitall.ch, “After I completed my training as a cabinet maker at the professional woodwork school in Geneva (CFC Menuisier), it soon became apparent that there were several English-speaking tradesmen and handymen in the region, but few who were equipped with a workshop for quality woodwork and cabinet making. So I decided to set up my own small woodwork business where we could all work together in well-equipped workshops close to Geneva airport.  Our workshop is based in a professional woodworking collective in Vernier where the total experience totals more than 70 years."

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Alina Pop (left) with one of her staff, Otilia Moise, at the recent Expat Expo fair in Geneva.

10% discount for knowitall.ch readers on their first cleaning session!

If you’ve lived in the Lake Geneva area any number of years, and you don’t have the time to clean your own house, then you will realise just how difficult it can be to find and keep a good, reliable cleaner.  Good ones are nearly always fully booked and the rest seem to come and go as they please. The best ones can also get away with charging steep hourly rates, because they know you are desperate!

As a busy international economist and EU lawyer, originally from Romania, Alina Pop knows only too well how hard it can be to keep on top of the housework. Traveling frequently between the States and Switzerland, she has had plenty of time to reflect on the problem and consider how she may help others in a similar situation to herself.  So in March 2015, she created Zenali Property Management, a professional service, with trusted employees, who can act promptly to requests, and who won’t charge a small fortune to do so!

Alina told knowitall.ch, “All my team are my employees, not just some names from a list that I call when I have cleaning requests. They are all legal, holders of Swiss working permits, with AVS and paid taxes, health insurance, work accidents and work damage insurance. We are a big family in Zenali. All workers have their own cars, provided by the company, to go to work, in order to be able to serve clients not only in Geneva, but up to Lausanne and also across the French border, where plenty of expats live.”

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25% discount on all Gardening Services booked through ClickDeal before 25 March 2016!

Have you ever thought how nice it would be to have just one company to contact every time you ever needed any work doing in the home? If you don’t speak French, it can be hard work contacting any company, but if you need someone to mow your lawn, another to do some plumbing work in the bathroom, and another to sort out your broken fridge, it can be a real nightmare!

Set up in 2013, ClickDeal is a home service provider which gives you access to a wide range of services “at the click of a button”. The company website includes an unusually large array of services for just one company, all of which can be sourced for you by ClickDeal. What is more, every month there is a special deal on one of the services to encourage you to try them out.

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20% off professional organizing services for knowitall.ch readers (see conditions below)

How many times have you wondered what it would be like if you had more time to organize your belongings and bring some order to your life? How much calmer would you be, if all the unnecessary clutter was removed from your home?

Well, now you can find out!  Virginie Dor, founder of Space of Mine, offers a professional organizing service designed to help individuals take control of their surroundings. Expert in clutter control, work flow, space planning, and time management, Space of Mine uses proven organizing principles to create customized systems and processes for its clients.