How to give cowboy builders the slip

How to give cowboy builders the slip


Our home isn’t’ capable of accommodating your family anymore. Now that you have welcomed another child, you need more space. Yu have thought about moving. The idea isn’t really tempting, but you don’t see any other way that you can solve the problem. The great news is that you don’t have to leave your precious home. You can extend it. It’s not necessary to dig deep into your pockets for such a project. Extending one’s home is relatively affordable, if you hire a builder that is. What you need to do is find a good builder and do your best to avoid the cowboys. Cowboy, what the heck is that? Cowboy is a term that is used to refer to tradesmen like builders, plumbers, and roofers that do bad work at exorbitant prices. Avoiding the cowboys is difficult, but not beyond the bounds of possibility. Continue reading to find out how you can give cowboy builders the slip.  

Go by recommendations  

When you hire someone, it’s difficult if not impossible to tell whether they’re worthy of your trust. This explains why so many people in the UK have fallen victims to rogue tradesmen. Cowboy builders serve all across England, so at one point or another you’re likely to come across one. When that happens, you should be able to tell whether the person sitting in front of you can do work of a high standard. Judging at face value won’t help you in this respect. This is the reason why you should ask friends and even family members for recommendations. Talk to people that have been standing where you stand now and ask them whom they’ve hired. If you don’t know anyone who has had work done to their home, at least go and see some the projects the builder has worked on, this way, you should get an idea about their competence.

Be on the lookout for these tell-tale marks   

Speaking of signs, there are ways to know that a builder isn’t as skilled as they claim to be. When talking with a tradesman, builder or not, you should pay close attention to the following tell-tale marks:

  • Very, very cheap quotes or estimates. Cowboy builders do a lousy job, but they charge very high prices. So, you may think that if a tradesman offers you a very, very cheap quote or estimate, you’re safe. Well, not quite. When something seems too good to be true, it generally is. The quote or the estimate doesn’t provide you any kind of guarantee. You can still be overcharged.
  • No details about the business. The more information that a business can provide about themselves the better. You’ll know that a builder is legit if they can provide you lots of details about their business. If you happen to notice that the person is unwilling to disclose the address or the company number, know you’re dealing with a fraud.
  • Eagerness to start the project. Space is an issue and there’s no one more eager than you to get things started. Except for the builder. It’s not normal for builders to want to rush things. Be suspicious if the tradesman has a too positive attitude.