How to Avoid Rogue Trader Roofers
When looking for the best roofing services in your local area, it’s important to use a reputable, qualified provider every time. If you don’t, you could risk hiring someone who will charge inflated prices, deliver shoddy work or even create issues which weren’t there to begin with. Unfortunately, many rogue traders still continue to operate, so it’s a good idea to know what to look out for, especially if they knock on your door. If you want to avoid rogue trader roofers, here are some top tips to follow.
Common Tactics Used by Rogue Roofers
We’ve all got used to avoiding those annoying phone calls from people trying to offer us different services or claim there’s an issue with our bank account or internet service. However, it can sometimes be harder to ignore a knock on the door, so understanding the signs you’re dealing with a rogue roofer is a must.
They’ll often claim the work is urgent and ask for upfront payment. Another of the tactics used is to knock on doors and say they’ve been working on a neighbour’s property and noticed an issue with your roofing, such as loose roof tiles. You have every right to close the door on anyone you don’t want to speak to (especially cold callers), but you could also ask them for a business card, identification and ask which neighbour they’ve been working for. This could help to discourage them from calling at other nearby houses if they think you’re suspicious of them.
Follow Expert Advice
Authorities such as the local Police and councils often issue advice about how to stop doorstep crime and prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a rogue trader. Never allow anyone access to your home if you’re not sure who they are, and you could also deter them by using a cold caller sticker scheme from your local authority or neighbourhood watch. Remember – you don’t have to answer the door to anyone you don’t know. Genuine traders will never mind being challenged further or asked to come back at a more convenient time. Check if your local Police have issued advice.
Checking for Roofing Accreditations
Never use a roofing company without doing some more research online, even if a neighbour has hired them before. A good roofer will have a website which lists some of their credentials, such as membership with the Confederation of Roofing Contractors, which is one of the most widely known roofing trade associations. For official bodies like this, you’ll be able to perform a member search online for the company. You should also take a look at their Checkatrade.com page to get a feel for what their customers are saying about them.
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