19 July 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Checkatrade in the news
Choose a tradesman you can trust
Published in Surrey & Hants News: Godalming Messenger:Bordon Messenger
Many of us at some stage in our lives will probably have an emergency in or around our home that needs attention quickly.
We may have or just want to make improvements to our home. Whatever the reason how do we go about choosing the right person for the job and what are the questions we should be asking?
Kevin Byrne founder of Checkatrade.com advises we take the following steps to reduce the risk of becoming a statistic. You need the right person for the job so approach trades people that have been recommended by family, friends or approved websites, such as Checkatade.com. Take your time: get two or three estimates, do some research by asking the trader for details of some local customers they have done work for, call them and ask their opinion.
Some trades are required to be part of government approved and recognised schemes, for example, electricians (Part P or Napit) heating engineers (Gas Safe) double glazing installers (FENSA) and tree surgeons (NPTC). Make sure that they are registered and that it is current; never just take a logo as verification. Check that they have the correct Public Libility Insurance before allowing them to enter and undertake work in or around your home.
Never, ever hire someone who knocks on your door touting for work and never allow them to intimidate you. Say no, close the door and if necessary contact the police. Honest, reputable tradespeople are very proud of their workmanship and the service they provide. They never mind being checked out and will encourage you to do so.
By following these simple steps you can protect your home, your savings and yourself from a lot of stress. There will always be people out there that will take advantage of us, the reason being most of the time "we allow them to ".
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ