Looking to do some home improvements? Sometimes a job requires professional help, and you’ll want to make sure you hire a reliable tradesperson.
Unfortunately, elderly and vulnerable people are particularly at risk of being scammed by ‘cowboy’ traders. Certain cold-callers may try to convince an elderly or vulnerable person that a job needs done to their house, only to charge them a high price for unnecessary work.
Before hiring anyone, ask for recommendations from friends and family or use the TrustMark tool, which will help you find a contractor that meets strict government standards. There are also a number of directories on the internet that show the top tradespeople in an area based on customer reviews, such as Rated People.
For more handy tips on finding a trustworthy tradesperson, check out this guide below from the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters team. The visual outlines the key checks to do before hiring a contractor and where to look for someone you can trust. It also provides suggestions on how to solve a problem if the tradesperson is at fault.
How to find a trustworthy Tradesperson
If you’re being targeted by salesmen or tradesmen at your door please take caution. The best thing to do is to close the door and end the conversation as soon as possible. If you feel frightened or suspicious please call the police or a loved one. Of course, if you have a personal alarm, we would advise pressing your red button.
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