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cowboy-builders

To reduce the possibility of hiring a cowboy builder, every company/independent tradesman should be able to adhere to these simple requirements…if they can’t, we recommend that you steer clear.

  • Ask them for proof of their insurances and check they are still in date.
  • Ask them for a telephone number and 3 addresses of other projects they have worked on. You must follow these up and see their work. Don’t rely on a phone call as their friend could be on the other end of the phone.
  • Make sure the builder has a fixed address and a fixed land line telephone number as you may need to see them if you have problems.
  • Go and see jobs that the builders are working on at the moment. This allows you to meet their work team. Also take into consideration are they tidy, are they friendly, can you trust them as after all they will be working in your house and around your family.
  • Always compare quotes like for like as some companies go in cheap only to hit the client at the end with a high extras bill.
  • Ask if your builder has a contract for you and them to sign. This can protect you and the builder in case of any disputes.
  • Check reviews! To see London and Kent Trust a Trader reviews, click here
  • To view testimonials from some of our clients click here