9 July 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Published: Shield Gazette
Householders in South Tyneside are being warned to beware of Cowboy Builders
Householders in South Tyneside are being warned to beware of Cowboy Builders taking advantage of people in flood-damaged homes.
Trade watchdog, Checkatrade, says people should be vigilant after the wettest June on record.
Checkatrade founder, Kevin Byrne, said: "With the horrendous flood in many parts of Tyneside, unsolicited traders and cowboy builders have been appearing."
Mr Byrne has provided some tips to spot cowboys:
Watch out for contractors who cold call.
Make sure you have contact details for a trader in case things go wrong.
Try to use builders who have been recommended to you by people you trust.
Avoid anyone who specifically asks for cash.
Check a builder by going to www.checkatrade.com
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