You can’t knock an independent and honest tradesman (or tradeswoman) who is qualified and hardworking trying to make a living.
In fact, at Ploughcroft we fully support a qualified and skilled one-man (or woman!) band – it’s the ‘cowboy’ builders and unscrupulous individuals that we would never endorse.
Recently we had an elderly customer call us for help when an unannounced ‘tradesman’ knocked on his door to tell him that he needed his gutters cleaning. However, the ‘tradesman’ proceed to climb up onto the roof and pull off the slates, breaking them as he did so. The ‘tradesman’ then demanded £5000 from our customer to reroof the property.
When his roof began to leak due to the damage caused our customer called Ploughcroft. The elderly gentleman was a regular customer of Ploughcroft and when we told our team what had happened, they volunteered to patch the roof up free of charge.
Sadly, this case isn’t an isolated one, which is why we would like to highlight how important it is to be aware of these unethical scams and warn elderly friends, family and neighbours about them too.
Unfortunately, the problem isn’t just within the roofing industry either. According to AOL. over 40,000 people contacted Citizens’ Advice regarding being a victim of a home improvement scam in 2016. Of the people that complained, there were nearly 5000 issues relating to roofing, over 4750 kitchen fitting incidents, just under 4000 cases regarding doors and windows and more than 3000 problems surrounding plumbing and the same number of complaints revolving around jobs relating to patio, decking and driveways.
If you’re in doubt about any work you’ve had done you can visit the Consumer Rights Expert, the Citizens’ Advice website, who share their own tips on how to spot a ‘cowboy’ builder, or contact Which? Consumer Rights.
We are always happy to help at Ploughcroft as well. Contact us today.
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Helen is responsible for the Sales and Marketing of Ploughcroft.
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