1. They are in a rush to start - Alarm bells should begin to ring if a builder is in a rush to start. Most trustworthy tradesmen will be busy and have other jobs to complete before being able to start your job. Cowboy builders will rush to complete (or not complete!) all jobs in a specific area before leaving without a trace. 2. Contact details - All genuine tradesmen will be able to give you an address and a landline number. If they’re only willing to give you a mobile number, you should ask questions! 3. Unable to provide references - Ask yourself WHY. Do they have the experience they claim to have? Do they have a good reputation? What do they have to hide? 4. Very cheap quotes/estimates - A cowboy builder will always wow you with their low prices, but don’t be fooled! Check that the quote you receive is clear, listing everything the builder will be doing. This will prevent them from being able to carry out any additional work (and asking for extra payment!) without your permission. 5. They ask for money upfront - Most tradesmen will cover costs themselves and ask for payment once the work is complete. Otherwise, they may ask for a small deposit. Anyone asking for full payment upfront should not be trusted! Good builders should accept cash, cheques or BACS payments. Builders insisting on cash are a no no!
Our latest project was a fairly large bungalow, in desperate need of a new roof , the previous covering was a westmoorland natural slate , in need of major replacement.