Harbron Home Improvements are sharing their top 12 tips on how to beat bogus traders tricking customers into paying for shoddy or even non-existent work.
As autumn turns to winter, disreputable traders often appear on people’s doorsteps offering services like garden maintenance or replacement driveways, just two of Harbron’s comprehensive range of trusted services.
They usually prey on the elderly or more vulnerable, often getting them to part with exorbitant sums of money for work that is either poor or they fail to carry out at all.
One of the most important safeguards people should follow is to make sure they choose a trusted trader, one who is a member of an established association or is accredited for its services.
Harbron recently became registered with the Government backed TrustMark scheme, a mark of excellence that represents integrity and trust in the construction sector.
With a TrustMark member, consumers can hire them, safe in the knowledge that they meet the organisation’s so called three cornerstones of quality, which are good trading practices, good customer service and technical competence.
Consumers can also trust in the knowledge that all members of TrustMark must first meet the stringent requirements of its vetting and approvals procedures. It also works in tandem with Trading Standards officials for added protection.
Harbron know first-hand about the perils of using bogus or unskilled tradesman. The outdoor transformation and landscaping specialists have been hired by a number of customers to put right shoddy work carried out by other installers.
The company says that while the majority of companies and tradespeople in the region can be trusted, there will always be a handful of dishonest and disreputable ones prepared to just rip people off.
Throughout November, Harbron will be sharing its tops tips for beating the trickster tradesmen across the company’s social media channels.
You can also find out more about Harbron’s trusted range of outdoor transformation services, including resin bound products, artificial grass and timber or composite decking solutions at www.hhigroup.co.uk