Most homeowners have faced the problem of needing a tradesman – e.g. a plumber, carpenter, decorator and so on.
How do you make sure the person or company you choose is going to be trustworthy and do a good job.?
That’s not easy.
In recent years various websites have appeared that include ratings on tradesmen and these are very useful as a way to see customers opinions and experience employing the tradesmen. This is very different to official assessments.
TrustMark is a Government endorsed scheme for trades in and around the home. They award registered firms with accreditation after vetting and on-site inspections to ensure the firm is raising industry standards and this accreditation gives customers reassurance of quality and protection from rogue traders.
TrustMark is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise and says it seeks to continually improve and welcomes constructive engagement on how improvements and enhancements can be achieved.
The site is free to use and designed to help you to find tradesmen based on entering a postcode and selecting a trade. It does cost for transmen to get registered so not everyone does.
The government website at www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office will help you to find your local trading standards web pages and office.
You will find multiple schemes that can provide information on local tradesmen.
Checkatrade, Which? Trusted Trader and Others
These websites also provide a wealth of information and reviews on prospective tradesmen.
Find a Trade Association
There are generally multiple such trade associations for any trade you select and they can also offer advice and reviews of tradesmen in your area.
There’s a lot of information on the Internet so don’t pick a tradesman without checking first.
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