Rogue doorstep trading is a problem in the UK and the work carried out can sometimes be unnecessary, of a poor standard, and done on the cheap, leaving the householder out of pocket and legally responsible for rubbish which isn’t disposed of correctly.
An example from our area came to our attention when leaflets were delivered in the March and surrounding village areas. The A5 leaflets advertised Lady Gardeners. All kinds work undertaken, including window cleaning and shed clearance. The leaflet provided 2 mobile numbers as contacts and a female name. At least one member of the public made contact and when they attended, the quotes given for the work were extremely high.
Although the leaflets did not appear to be delivered in Whittlesey, the advice is the same.
If you are looking for persons to complete work on your property always use a recommendation and get at least three quotes where possible.
Trading standards and a local company in Peterborough have schemes where businesses register with them and are checked out to ensure that they are genuine. The Trading Standards scheme is Buy with Confidence -telephone 08454 040506 or visit their website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
The Peterborough scheme is Safe Local Trades telephone 08000141832 and their website www.safelocaltrades.com .
- Do not agree to house repairs, or sign anything, on the spot.
- Be wary of special offers or warnings that your house is unsafe because of dangerous trees or roof slates.
- Do not make snap decisions. Talk to friends and neighbours and get recommendations before you make a decision.
If you ask persons to undertake work and you are not sure about them, ask them not to do the work or contact Trading Standards 0345 0455206.