DIY Fiascos Blamed On Cowboy Tradesmen
GETTING round to DIY is a popular bank holiday pursuit. But many of us will end up bodging jobs because we worry about cowboy builders, research found.
Concerns over rogue tradesmen mean more people are attempting bigger jobs around the home, often with disastrous results.
Plumbing, plastering and fitting a kitchen or bathroom are the jobs most likely to go wrong.
Almost half the homeowners surveyed thought they would be ripped off if they employed professionals.
Nearly three-quarters get anxious dealing with new workmen and a quarter feared that tradesmen could go out of business and disappear with their money before completing a job.
Things listed as off-putting when it comes to hiring builders and tradesmen included dirty vans, mucky fingernails and even muddy boots.
Two-thirds of homeowners claimed it was difficult to find an honest tradesman.
And more than one in five of those quizzed said they had been a victim of a rogue tradesmen.
Workmen who offer references upfront, have a good website and professional branding reassured many customers.
It is always a good idea to ask for a list of previous jobs so you can check the quality of a tradesmens work and consider bond schemes whereby your money is held by a third party to give extra security.