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Rogue trading happens – it’s a fact of life. But there are lots of things that you can do to minimize the risk of it happening to you. Here are 12 top tips you can do to avoid being caught by people determined to exploit others:
1. Don’t just accept the offer of the first service provider you come across. Look for at least 3 quotes from reputable businesses.
2. Find out about them, before revealing your contact details. For example, get their actual business address as well as their phone or email details.
3. Check out their professional credentials. Do they possess ‘competency’ certificates or qualifications, and are they members of an accredited association?
4. Ask for references and check them out. Reputable service providers will collect testimonials and examples of their work. Check that these are genuine. Most are proud and only too willing to produce evidence like this.
5. Keep detailed notes of all conversations you have with a service provider, including dates and prices etc. and document any important matters you agree in writing.
6. Insist on a quotation. Get a written detailed quotation from potential providers
7. Document any changes to the quotation and insist on receiving a new amended version each time a change is made.
8. Ask your provider for a timetable of events for completing the project and agree any changes to this together. Always have in your possession the latest agreed project timetable.
9.Try and pay for each stage of the work as it is completed. Agree payment terms and installments in advance, and avoid paying any money upfront.
10. Price and quality. Remember, when choosing a business there is often a trade off between price and quality – the better quality work and/or materials the higher the price is likely to be. Don’t expect to get the best quality for the lowest price
11. Examine progress. As the work proceeds, personally inspect each phase as you go and don’t pay for it unless you are satisfied with it
12. Project Manager. If the project is particularly large consider employing a project manager. They will charge you for managing the work on your behalf but will relieve you of the day-to-day management and hassle.
There are plenty other things we could advise and suggest but these are the main points to consider. If you keep to these you shouldn’t go far wrong and should be protected from anyone trying to exploit or cheat.
There are lots of things to consider when thinking about getting a new roof fitted to your house. If you are just starting to think about this then this short ‘new roof – top tips’ guide will help you to make some good decisions. It will also be of great help to your service provider. If you have a clearer idea of what you want then that assists them in making decisions about what is best for your project. It will also help you both to control the cost and get the roof that you want and need.
1. what kind of new roof do you want? Is it flat, slanted, house, garage etc. Can you describe the kind of roof you want: the kind of tiles, covering, colour. The more detail you have the better.
2. A new roof can many other possible features like Velux windows (if you want light coming in) additional leading and flashwork, guttering and fascias. Think about how you want these to look.
3. Why do you want a new roof in any case? Some people think they need a completely new roof when all is required is a renovation. A good service provider will advise on this and make recommendations based on your budget
4. Think ahead. Is your roof on top of a loft that you might convert one day? This might make a difference as to what you decide.
5. There are roof coatings and coverings to think about. You don’t need to know the details as your roofer will recommend for you. But make sure they explain the advantages of one kind over another before you spend
6. Plan your budget carefully and how much you can afford to spend. It’s generally true that when getting a new roof the better quality you can afford the longer it will last.
7. A new roof like any building project takes time and needs project planning. Agree start and finish times with your provider and how they will carry out the work
8. Get a few quotes before you decide which provider to use. Don’t just go for the cheapest or even what seems to be the most detailed – both can be unintentionally deceptive.
9. Obviously you need to agree a price for your new roof before they start – get it in writing.
10. As the work progresses try to get a verbal report from your provider as to what they are doing at each stage and how long it will take. This will build a relationship with them, show that you are monitoring the process, and indicate that you are keen to get the job done.
If you are thinking of getting a new roof you can GET A QUOTE HERE from a local provider
It is true that some home improvements can help you turn your home into a much better place to live as well as increase its value over the short and longer terms. Whether you are planning on a large home improvement like building an extension (an extra reception room or office), a conservatory, or converting your attic into an extra room or a teenage bedroom, or a home improvement like simply redecorating a room or changing some fittings you will need to think through it and make some decisions as to what you want, how you want it done, who you want to do it, how much to spend and so on. This short guide is not a detailed account of how to manage an entire home improvement project it is simply a short article on how to begin the process of planning.
Large Home Improvements
You might be considering large home improvements such as a major extension, you may want to add or convert your existing garage, perhaps you’re a gardener and you want to splash out on some nice landscaping. Large home improvements can not only dramatically enhance the quality of your house as a place to live they are most likely to add commercial value than a number of smaller improvements are. Here are 6 simple tips when planning
- Plan with the person/people who will be making use of the improvements (this saves arguments later)
- List what you want doing as soon as you can. This helps the person making the changes and will save on costs
- Decide how much you want to spend then add some for extra costs –there are always extra costs
- Decide on a timetable – add in extra time, project often go over time.
- Get a range of quotes before you decide
- When you get quotes ask about possible extra costs etc. and when the provider can start
Smaller Home Improvements
A newly tiled bathroom or painted porch, new range of colours, textures or wallpaper, changing your flooring, or a few new light fittings are a very inexpensive way of giving your home a simple makeover. You will have seen the TV programmes and noticed how different a house can look with just a few minor changes tastefully executed, and how you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the right effect. Here are 6 simple tips to consider before embarking on smaller home improvements. They are similar to the larger home improvements:
- Plan with whomever else will be making use of the improvements (spouse, kids, friends) – just like the larger projects it will save arguments later
- Decide on the details together (colour scheme, fittings, features, styles etc.) A living space is very personal and can affect people’s moods!
- Budget an amount of money and keep to it. Just because it’s a smaller project doesn’t mean the cost won’t run away. Add a bit extra – just in case and to avoid ‘surprises’
- Timetabling and deadlines may be less critical with a smaller project but don’t assume you shouldn’t plan. Choose a start date and finish date and keep to it.
- Get some quotes if you are outsourcing the job.
- Make sure you understand potential extra costs – and ask your service provider to inform you before they go ahead with anything you didn’t agree on beforehand and get a price for it before they do it.
Paying for your home Improvements
Whether you are looking at making large home improvements or small home improvements obviously the price will vary according to what you have done. Whatever you get done you’ll need to pay for it. If its a small amount then this not be a major issue but for larger jobs it could be. Make yourself aware of all the possibilities out there such as home loans and government grants you may be eligible. Be sure that you have the finance in place before you go ahead with a big project. Be aware also that initial estimates from providers can escalate if you aren’t clear with them.
Before you start work on any home improvements you’re thinking of it is necessary to plan your project in collaboration with your service provider. Timescales, costs and the contractors you’ll need to pin down (as much as possible). You should also be sure that you have permission from your local authority if this is necessary (which it usually is if your home improvements are large and external to your main house. There are rules and regulations and these get slightly more complicated each year, so make sure either you or your service provider is aware of these. You can always ask the building department of your local authority for a list of current regulations.
If you need work doing on your home or premises it’s common sense that it should come with insurance and guarantees from the person who carries it out. There’s nothing worse than spending money and time having essential work done only to find that as soon as the tradesman leaves the scene you realise that the work is poor. You then have the hassle of contacting them and arranging for them to rectify any errors, that’s if you can actually contact them at all – some unscrupulous people make a living out of carrying out shoddy work and then vanishing into thin air!
Always ensure that the work you are paying for comes with a written guarantee, the longer the guarantee the better. A long guarantee normally means that the tradesman you have employed takes pride in the quality of the service they have provided and feels confident that you will have no further problems, after all, no reputable tradesman likes receiving a call to say their work is poor as rectifying initial errors costs them time and money too.
Storing data for your reassurance
As well as ensuring you have a guarantee, using a Comcero.com tradesman also gives you added piece of mind. Comcero.com’s easy to use relationship management tools allow all details of the service you require to be recorded and stored online. Once you have posted details of the work you require, you will be able to view comprehensive details of all service sellers who quote for it. You can view ratings and feedback from previous customers as well as their qualifications and credits. With this information at your fingertips it is easy to gauge their past performance and make an informed decision on the best person to use.
Once your work is completed you have the reassurance that all online dialogue between you and your service provider has been transparently recorded by Comcero.com. If you have any further problems with the service they have provided you can contact them quickly and easily to have them fixed. Service sellers know that it is in their interests to ensure that buyers are completely satisfied with the work carried out; producing shoddy work is not an option as bad feedback from customers means they are unlikely to gain further work through Comcero.com. Yet another reason why Comcero.com is the ideal place to visit to find the service you require.
Are you planning to hire a landscape gardener to design and create your new garden? If so, there are certain things you should know before making contact with one. Not knowing important information can cost you time and money. Improving your garden by hiring a landscaper can cost a lot of money so it makes sense to spend some time and effort to choose the right one.
Garden landscaping is about adding value to your life as well as adding value to your house. Landscaping is something that will produce practical benefits as well as aesthetic benefits enhancing the pleasure you get from your home. For example, you can arrange for the construction of a self-contained children’s play area, you can plant trees to reduce noise from traffic, or shrubs can be used to create privacy.
A beautiful landscaped garden adds value to your home. The right landscaping can increase the value of your home by more than its cost and make it easier to sell. When you are selling your house your front garden is one of the first things prospective buyers notice when they visit your house. It is a large part of what ‘kerb appeal’ is all about. It’s the first impression people will have when they see your home.
At Comcero.com you can get quotes from a range of landscapers and interact with them to find out more information and view ratings from previous customers. All of this is recorded online so that you have a record of all correspondence and can make an informed decision on who to employ. What are you waiting for?