You’d think the message had gotten through about getting comparative quotes for home improvements before choosing a company but research by Sainsbury’s Insurance reveals different.
An unbelievable 6.2 million people have employed ‘cowboy traders’ in the past 5 years, resulting in £3.7 billion being paid out to rectify botched jobs.
But the mind-boggling statistics don’t stop there.
Only 36% of people engaging a home improvement tradesman or company bothered to get comparative quotes and only 31% asked for a formal written quote!
An average of £2077 was paid by homeowners to ‘cowboys’ for work that was bad, shoddy or downright dangerous and in need of rectifying, which on average added a further £600 to put right.
Over 150,000 people are estimated to have paid over £5000 to put right a botched improvement.
The advice is to always get comparative quotes, check firms or individuals relevant qualifications and trade accreditations and get a detailed quote in writing before engaging a company or individual.
Asking neighbours or reading previous customer reviews can also be helpful – especially if you’re new to an area and don’t know which tradesmen can be trusted.
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This story appeared in our weekly homeowner newsletter dated 19th September 2011. Click here to read the full newsletter.