If your looking to have some work done on your house, what the best way to go about getting it done? Do you hire a big company to get the work done? Or do you get a smalltime business?
I've always been someone to support the smalltime businesses, but the real question is, is it riskier?
Alot of people are on the lookout for cowboys these day, with shows like cowboy builders and Fake Britain there are obviously a lot of people worried about choosing the wrong person for the job.
Some people might think they'll be able to spot a cowboy builder, but they are sneakier than you think.
Here are a few pointers to spot a cowboy builder:-
Doesn't charge VAT – This is not a dead givaway, if they are a small or new trader they might not need to register or pay VAT. If they have not done much work in a year, they will most likely not need to charge VAT.
Only takes cash - If a builder is asking for a payment of cash, they are most likely trying to avoid paying out for VAT.
Says that they are in a trade association but will not provide proof – Check with the trade association to see if the builder does actually belong to them. If they don't they are lying and should be avoided.
Won't offer details about their business – This is very suspicious behaviour, avoid at all costs if they will not offer a landline or address.
Asks for money up front – A builder that asks for money up front is untrustworthy. A proper builder will not do this, even if they need materials. If they run a business, they should have enough money to cover these costs themselves. Payment should only be given out once the job is completed and the customer is happy.
So there are a few tips on how look out for some of those dodgy builders. If you want to find yourself a trustworthy builder, why not look online and research some of the companies. there are plenty of builders that can be of service with a great reputation. It's just a case of looking at testimonials and other bits of past customer opinion. Reviews and all sorts can help you choose what you want. Happy builder hunting.