Trading Standards Officers are warning householders in Swindon not to be taken in by traders that knock at the door.
Spring is the time of year when many people think about home improvements and repairs. Sadly rogue traders and cowboy builders take advantage of this and this is the time when they increase their activity by knocking on doors offering to do work. This leads to consumer complaints about overcharging, poor workmanship, work not carried out, theft and fraud.
To help in the fight against rogue traders, Swindon Trading Standards Service runs the Buy With Confidence approved trader scheme.
Buy with Confidence members carefully vetted and monitored
Buy With Confidence members are carefully vetted and audited by Trading Standards Officers to make sure they trade fairly and legally before they are allowed to join the scheme. Buy With Confidence members continue to checked through monitoring of customer feedback which can be viewed online. If a complaint should arise Trading Standards Officers offer a free mediation service to try and resolve the problem.
The Buy With Confidence scheme covers all types and size of business. Whether you are looking to plan and build an extension or fix a leaking tap there will be a Buy With Confidence Trader that can help. Many Buy With Confidence members are small job friendly – this means they are happy to take on small jobs for less than £75.
Don’t be ripped off by a trader who knocks on your door
Phil Thomas, Head of Public Protection and Streetsmart said “We have some fantastic local reputable traders on our Buy With Confidence Scheme. I would urge anyone thinking of having work done to use a Buy With Confidence Trader. Don’t even consider using someone that knocks at the door – we deal with too many cases where this leads to consumers being ripped off ”.
If you are considering having work done make sure your first move is to check for good reputable traders on the Buy With Confidence Scheme. You can log onto www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or call us on 01793 466155.