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July 22, 2011

Considering home renovations? How to avoid cowboy builders

Filed under: Tips & Advice — Tags: , , — sharon @ 10:49 am

Often we face the difficult task of having to find a tradesman, quite often in a hurry, whether it’s a plumber, electrician or builder that’s needed.   Cowboy builders are people who carry out work without having the necessary know how, training or certification and can cause you much frustration and costly bills when work is done badly. 

Here are some tips to consider when choosing your contractor:

Recommendation The most reassuring way to choose a tradesman is to go by recommendation.  It’s important to take the time to ask someone you know who had similar work done for recommendation.  If you don’t know anyone who has had similar work done, then be sure to ask your prospective builders who they worked for last and where and if you could contact them for a recommendation?  Any reputable tradesman will gladly offer a selection of recommendations, remember, their past clients have the answers to your questions. 

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