We’ve been looking around recently, both online and through our customers and found some shocking examples of workmanship which we have trouble even getting our head around. We all know there’re some real cowboys out there (there’s even a television programme about it), but to find these upsetting scenes in the wild is an absolute shocker.

Before we get to the devastation, please always bear in mind the following tips;

  1. Ask around friends, or fellow businesses who have had work done in the past. Find out their stories, and whether or not they would recommend someone. Most of our work typically comes through word of mouth, so we’re pleased our customers have a high opinion of us.
  2. Try a website such as ratedpeople.com, which holds details on a wealth of tradesmen and businesses. Websites like this and Which can help you when you don’t know anyone who has had the type of work completed that you’re looking for.
  3. Keep your eyes peeled for an approved trader scheme. Trustmark is one such Government organisation. Anyone bearing the logo means that their technical skills, workmanship and financial records have been checked to ensure they can do what they say they can.

When Requesting Your Service;

  1. Be specific and ask for a written quotation detailing your requirements. This should include estimated start and finish times and agreed payment terms.
  2. Seek references where ever possible. Maybe even ask for their previous jobs and visit the location to see for yourself.
  3. Use an established firm, with an office and phone number
  4. Only pay for work which has been completed. Don’t get into a situation where you’re paying up front.
  5. Written contracts can help wonders if there are any troubles
  6. If extensive work is to be undertaken, it may be in your interests to set a penalty clause (e.g. £1,000 a week), if the work over runs.

So now we’ve got those tips out of the way, we hope that you won’t fall into the trap like some of these disasters! Eeeek!

The last one is in there, because a recent finding may have found that Stonehenge was the work of cowboy builders. Although we certainly wouldn’t agree with that one!