Here at FAB Systems, we frequently turn on the TV and see plenty of home improvement jobs that we’d rather forget. Shows like Rogue Traders provide lots of people with entertainment, but they mask a very real problem ; the fact that many traders are doing an incredibly shoddy job. Very often, you can tell such traders from a mile off though, so here are some top tips to help you avoid them:
- Very often, unscrupulous builders are unwilling to commit anything to writing. Whether this is a quote or an estimate is unimportant; the fact is that you should distrust anyone with such a habit.
- Suspicious traders will usually offer quotes or estimates that are hugely cheaper than all of the competition. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advantage of a bargain when you see it, but you should ask yourself why they are so much more affordable. You may not like the answer.
- Cowboy builders are often very keen to begin work straight away. If you’re dealing with a trader who seems to have a mysterious aversion to doing any work for you in the long-term, then we’d recommend that you give them a miss.
- Rogue traders frequently make claims that they can’t back up. They’ll tell you that they belong to a company or to a trade association, but when you check you’ll soon discover otherwise. Always remember to check a trader’s history whenever you deal with them.
- You can often spot suspicious traders by observing how they deal with money and financial matters. A common habit is to ask for money upfront, and quite simply you shouldn’t deal with anyone who does this. Even if a legitimate trader needs materials, they won’t ever ask for payment upfront.
- Following on from this point, ‘cash only’ demands should usually be given a wide berth. Such practices are usually a ploy to avoid paying out for VAT.
- You should always refuse to deal with any builder who won’t give you details of any previous references or customer dealings. Anyone who is so secretive clearly has something to hide.
- Finally, cowboy builders are regularly vague about how much a job will actually cost. At the best, this means that they’re very inexperienced, but at worst it could mean that they’re one to avoid.
Hopefully, this short list should give you a good idea of the sorts of things to avoid, but if it’s things like conservatories, fascias or double glazing in Telford that you’re look for, why not give the FAB Systems team a call? We’ll always be happy to discuss a project like this, so if you’d like to find out more, please contact us now by calling 0800 066 5644.