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    Rogue Traders

    I know we all see stories telling of people who have been scammed or ripped off by rogue traders however after reading the Bristol Post recently I was shocked at how low someone would stoop in order to make a quick buck.  That is why i`m glad Mark Johnson, 38, who traded as Warmley Building Services was jailed for 12 months after taking money from a customer and then lying that his daughter had died when in fact shes very much alive, unbelievable really.  Whilst this is shocking we have to remember there are a lot of good tradespeople out there and just by following a few safeguard rules you should be ok!

    Some very quick steps to identify the cowboy builder quickly:

    • Good builders do not knock on peoples doors and say they are working in the area and have a lorry load of tarmac left over or they have noticed that there is a ferret nesting in your chimney stack. Thank them politely and ask them for a business card and contact details so you could perhaps call them when the house owner returns from holiday.
    • If a builder says he can start tomorrow the chances are he has no other work to do. Good tradespeople are always busy.
    • A cowboy will probably only have a mobile phone. No land line means he is not traceable. Good builders may work from home but they will not be frightened to give you their number and address.
    • People who say “Trust Me”  a lot can very rarely be trusted.
    • Cowboy builders may suggest that giving them cash will reduce the bill. It will, but it also means there is no proof that they ever did the job. Always insist on a written receipt on a piece of headed paper.
    • If you have an emergency job you will not have time for any of the practices below but make sure you understand the companies call out terms before you let them into your house.

    Should you have any doubts about a trades-person make sure you get them checked out before they work in your home (feedback, ask friends and family isn’t it better to be over cautious then risk shoddy or substandard work. If you are looking for vetted tradespeople do have a look out our Find Me A Tradesperson extensive list  

     

     

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