Approved Builders Lichfield: Rogue traders are laughing all the way to the bank with the hard earned cash of unwary consumers. It’s easy to be wise after the event, when you’ve been persuaded to part with your money only to find that your trader has disappeared into the blue and you’ve no way of tracing the business.
Much better to be wise before the event, by checking your trader out before handing over your money. Consumer protection is our business. Know your trader!
And now you can, by seeing if the trader is listed in the Approved Trader Directory.
This Directory can be accessed for free by consumers, either online or by calling freephone 0800 888 6667. And that free call can be the most valuable call you will ever make since by checking out your trader with us, you can satisfy yourself that the trader is real: the business has a verified address, the trader has a verified identity, and the business has all the necessary professional documentation to be in business.
The Directory doesn’t guarantee the work, but it does afford you a first and important level of consumer protection.
Trading Standards advise us as consumers to carry out certain basic checks on the traders we are thinking of hiring:
Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work
Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls
Don’t pay cash up front
Do shop around if you decide you need work done
Do ask what your cancellation rights are
Do report them!
And here at the Approved Trader Directory we would offer one extra piece of advice: check them out with us first!