How do you trust a trader?

This topic has been covered here already, but in a different way – looking at the plans we can all put in place to safely allow traders back in our homes during COVID-19, and social distancing measures. You can read more about this here.

But we need to know which trader to choose in the first place to undertake work at our homes.

Here’s a checklist of things to look out for:

Before and After Images
Continuous Marketing
Advertise in a reputable Directory (like Local Traders Publications!)
Buy with Confidence Scheme
Client Testimonials
Recommendations

Before and After Images

Checking out before and after images from your contractor’s previous customers is essential. Check they have recent images, and don’t be afraid to ask them about previous jobs that are similar to yours.

Continuous Marketing

You want to choose a contractor who is relevant in today’s climate, and who is continuously marketing and promoting their business.

Advertise in a Reputable Directory

Tradespeople who invest in their business by advertising in a reputable directory give you confidence that they value their business, and are going to remain trading during the current difficult business climate.

Buy with Confidence Scheme

Consider checking out businesses who are listed on buywithconfidence.gov.uk. All the businesses listed on this website have been vetted and approved by Trading Standards, to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.

Client Testimonials

Two things to check here.
1. If your contractor has recent client testimonials
2. That the reviews are in favour of the contractor!

Recommendations

There’s nothing better than recommendations from your friends and family, or people you trust the opinion of. Ask around when you’re considering undertaking a project, and see who they recommend.

Trust Your Trader

Follow these guidelines when choosing your next contractor, and you won’t go far wrong.

Rest assured that all our advertisers in the Local Traders Publications Online and Paper Directory are reputable traders, and we will always take steps to rectify any grievances if necessary, providing you with peace of mind.