Approved Carpenters Ludlow: It looks so easy on the property renovation programmes on the telly: client buys ramshackle house, finds good tradespeople, renovates house and voilá! – job is finished to a high standard and the house shoots up in value.
The reality for many homeowners can be vastly different. Finding a reliable, trustworthy trader can be like a difficult obstacle course. Sometimes word-of-mouth recommendations can do the trick: the trader your neighbour used can be a good choice. But even then, things may not be quite as good as they seem to be! Does that trader have insurance? Is the business in financial trouble and using your deposit money to keep itself afloat? Is the business licensed? Are the workers even qualified? Maybe your trader is just a jack-of-all trades, chancing his arm doing a bit of this and a bit of that.
No matter how you finance the work you want done, it never comes cheap. Most of us earn our money the hard way, through graft and the sweat of our brow, whether toiling over a hot stove or a hot laptop! We need to know that we are getting value for money, and that the trader who is supplying us with goods or services is above board.
So whether you source your trader through neighbours, in the Yellow Pages, online or at your own front door, you need to ensure that the trader is legit.
That’s where we come in. The Approved Trader Directory does the legwork of screening traders and businesses on behalf of consumers. It’s free to consumers and costs the trader as little as £7 a month for a listing.
For that small sum of money we offer a basic screening service, checking that the business is not bankrupt, that the traders are who they came to be with a proven ID and traceable address, and that they carry the necessary documentation to carry out their business: insurances, membership of trader association etc.
All a wary consumer has to do is pick up the phone, dial Freephone 0800 888 6667, and check the listing on the Approved Trader Directory. When you find them there you will know that this trader offers a significant, basic level of consumer protection. You can employ this person knowing that if something goes wrong, you will have a comeback