Approved Roofers Tamworth: Imagine a world where you could safely choose a trader, knowing that even if things went wrong with the job they were doing for you, you could track them down secure in the knowledge that they have a real address and are insured and qualified.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And yet with the increase in doorstep crime and rogue traders who are not who they claim to be, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to trust your judgement when it comes to choosing a trader.
What does the screening process entail?
The trader pays us a small fee, and in return we vet them under three headings: identity, professional certification and credit worthiness.
In effect that means that we look for two forms of proof of identity – photo ID and two recent utility bills relating to either the business or domestic address of the trader; we do bankruptcy checks both personal and business; and we check licensing, certification, membership of trader organisations and public liability insurance.
Once a trader checks out, we enter the details into the Directory. All you have to do then as a curious consumer is look them up. It costs you nothing, and finding your trader in the Directory gives you a basic level of consumer protection. You know that the trader you are considering operates a verified business and can be traced in the future if necessary.
And the good news is that if you don’t find your trader in the Directory, you can ask the business to register first before awarding them your contract. It will only cost your trader a few pounds a month to be included in the Directory, and it benefits both customer and trader in terms of security and marketing.