Top tips for choosing a tradesperson.
Cowboy, has become a bit of a buzz word in the media with many a TV series cropping up to mop up after incompetent tradespeople have already done their damage. As we know prevention is better than cure, so what can you do to avoid getting into this situation in the first place?
CORGI Membership is a group of qualified tradespeople registered under the government’s Competent Persons Scheme, below are some of their top tips on choosing a tradesperson and your obligations as a homeowner:
The DO’S & DON’TS
So what are building regulations and how do they affect you as a homeowner?
Not many homeowners are aware of the governments building regulations, these are a set of statuary standards that apply to all building work carried out in England and Wales and must be met your Electrician or Plumber, with ultimate responsibility falling on you, the homeowner.
Here’s how they apply;
In 2005 the government introduced building regulations that apply to all homes in England and Wales, with a different application in Scotland, covering installation and repair work.
The building regulations place a responsibility on every homeowner to ensure that they use a suitably trained and competent tradesperson to ensure the work is carried out to standard.
You must be able to prove this in one of two ways; either:
Either way you will need this certificate when you come to sell a property in the future. By choosing a member of a competent persons scheme you ensure that you have a tradesperson whose work has been inspected by a professional body and confirmed to meet standards, you also have a route to complain to the body if that contractor fails to meet the standards set out or also in CORGI’s case doesn’t adhere to their strict code of conduct. That way you’re not just relying on dubious references on a site which any business can be registered on.
“ We find a lot of people select tradesmen based on line references, but in reality it’s not guaranteed that these are always true, and even more worrying is that although the tradesperson may appear to do amgood job, many homeowners still cannot be sure it’s carried out to standard.” stated Chris Kulski CORGI Membership Scheme Manager. “Homeowners should take steps to protect themselves when employing a contractor, check their professional registrations by contacting their membership body, as there are case
of contractors displaying Membership logos when they’re not even qualified!”
If you’re still stuck why not visit the new CORGI website www.corgiapproved.com for more information and a handy quotation form so you can get agreement before your contractor starts the work, or for more information on competent persons schemes and building regulations, visit http://www.communities.gov.uk.