Builders Lutterworth: With house prices rising Britons are turning in their thousands to home improvements rather than upsizing to a bigger property.
A recent BBC report suggested that the average British homeowner will spend a staggering £8000 on their homes in the coming years. That’s good news for builders and trades people of every description. But it’s also good news for the scammers who see a lucrative opportunity for conning homeowners out of their hard earned cash.
As a consumer, how can you protect yourself? £8000 is a sizeable lump of cash and for many, it’s a sizeable debt. You need to get value for money. You need to know that the person tendering for your home improvement contract is actually a legitimate trader and not a pitiless conman out to separate you from your money before disappearing into thin air.
The Approved Trader Directory offers part of the solution for anxious home owners looking for value for money.
We offer a basic screening service that will tell you that your trader is a legitimate trader, with appropriate certification and a valid address.
In order to be included in the Directory the trader must agree to undergo our screening process. This includes verifying identity, satisfying ourselves as to insurance and certification, and establishing that the trader has a bona fide address and contact details.
With this basic protection the consumer can employ a trader knowing that there is a real comeback of anything goes wrong. The trader can be contacted at a verified business address. It won’t cost the trader a fortune to be included in the Approved Trader Directory – just £29.99 for six months. And checking for an entry is easy: just call us on our freephone number 0800 888 6667 or go online to our website. We can quickly tell you if the trader is bona fide.
If your trader isn’t listed, ask that the business consider getting itself listed before you award them your contract. It’s an easy but effective way of providing yourself with basic protections before investing your money in home improvements.