“What points should I consider before asking someone to do repairs to my property?”

However, we have all seen stories about ‘rogue traders’; so how can we find someone who is reliable and professional?

Finding the right person

What to do when the work is completed

Is there anything else I need to consider?

Beware of people knocking on your door offering to do work for you.They can often be genuine callers but some are not and will try to persuade you to use them by saying such things as:

Such callers may well be ‘rogue traders’ but may also be criminals who are looking for the chance to get inside your home to look for valuables to steal.

What should I do if someone does call at my door?

REMEMBER Look for a trader who is recommended by someone you know or who belongs to a trade association. Try to get a written quotation. Don’t pay for all the work until it is completed. Get a final written invoice when the work is completed. Beware of people knocking on your door offering to do work.