Lincolnshire Trading Standards warns public to think carefully before employing workmen

As the weather improves, many people plan a tidy up in the garden
As the weather improves, many people plan a tidy up in the garden
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Lincolnshire Trading Standards is reminding residents to think carefully when taking on workmen and to only select those who are known to do a good job.

The advice comes ahead of one of the year’s most popular times for home revamps and improvements. It is hoped that the tips will help Lincolnshire residents avoid getting conned this spring.

Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council said: “With the weather getting warmer, more and more people are starting to tidy up their gardens, driveways and think about home improvement projects.

“This provides plenty of opportunities for unscrupulous dealers to con residents into buying their services, whether this is mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, replacing roofs or resurfacing driveways.

“Common tactics used by these rogue traders have included professional-looking advertising, cold-calling, and high-pressure selling.”

Trading Standards advises people to get written quotes to compare, use reputable companies that are recommended by friends or family or are part of an approved trader scheme, and never feel pressured to buy.

Kirsty added: “It’s usually the vulnerable and elderly who fall victim to these tricksters – they are persuaded to hand over money for shoddy and substandard work.”

If you suspect a rogue doorstep trader, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or call the police on 101.